Sunday, January 10, 2010

Feeling Sorry For Celia

Title: Feeling Sorry For Celia
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
First Published: 2000 by Pac Macmillan Australia Pty Limited
When Elizabeth Clarry's English teacher announces that their school and another high school that stands two blocks away will start a letter writing project everyone, including Elizabeth, is extremely annoyed.
Until a girl named Christina starts writing back to Celia. Soon enough the girls form a strong friendship and learn that letter writing is the only thing keeping them sane - what with Elizabeth's best friend Celia running away again, her dad deciding to come back to Sydney for a year (keeping his Canadian wife and son behind in Canada) and the Trail Run coming up.
Christina's life isn't that easy either - she has to juggle her boyfriend Derek with her four brothers and sisters and her boy-crazy best friend/cousin.
This story was truly amazing. It was written in the form of letters between Christina and Libby, notes between Libby and her Mum, and imaginary letters to Libby from societies such as The Association of Teenagers (who advise her to climb in the fridge and never come out again), the COLD HARD TRUTH ASSOCIATION and The Best Friends club, and later on some Anonymous letters from a boy who is on her bus...
The book was really hilarious even in the most shocking and sad bits. Here's a tip: don't read this book before bed because not only will you stay up half the night reading to find out what happens next, but you'll also be laughing so hard you won't be able to close your eyes. Trust me.
I give it a 5/5.


Luisa at Chicklish said...

Oh, I loved this book so much! Thank you for the great review - it brought back happy memories!

Anna Banana said...

it is a great book. i'm reading dreaming of amelia at the moment and i don't like it as much, more intense and serious.

Anna Banana said...

i love the way her lack of self confidence is shown with letters and that the letters stop coming when she get a good best friend.

Meggin said...


Oh, I loved this book so much- Jaclyn Moriarty is, hands down, my favorite author. You read Finding Cassie Crazy (I think that's what it's called over there??? ... 0_o), right? Love it too, but my favorite is Bindy Mackenzie. I force everyone to read it :P Anyways, thanks so much for the great review, it made me want to reread!

Sara Leslie said...

Aww, I haven't read this one yet!! I have read Finding Cassie Crazy and Bindy Mackenzie and I loved them so much so this is defo one to put on my list :-)

Nomes said...

jaclyn morairty is so whimsical and awesome and my number one author crush.

i've read this book so many times and i still love it as much as i first did.

she makes me proud to be australian :)

another fab review.