About the Book
Feeling Sorry for Celia is a young adult novel by Australian author Jaclyn Moriarty. It was first published in 2000 by Pan Macmillan. The story is told in a series of letters and notes.
Life is pretty complicated for Elizabeth Clarry. Her best friend Celia keeps disappearing, her absent father suddenly reappears, and her communication with her mother consists entirely of wacky notes left on the fridge. On top of everything else, because her English teacher wants to rekindle the "Joy of the Envelope," a Complete and Utter Stranger knows more about Elizabeth than anyone else.
But Elizabeth is on the verge of some major changes. She may lose her best friend, find a wonderful new friend, kiss the sexiest guy alive, and run in a marathon. So much can happen in the time it takes to write a letter...
A #1 bestseller in Australia, this fabulous debut is a funny, touching, revealing story written entirely in the form of letters, messages, postcards—and bizarre missives from imaginary organizations like The Cold Hard Truth Association.
Feeling Sorry for Celia captures, with rare acuity, female friendship and the bonding and parting that occurs as we grow. Jaclyn Moriarty's hilariously candid novel shows that the roller coaster ride of being a teenager is every bit as fun as we remember — and every bit as harrowing.
Ever since I read this book in high school, Feeling Sorry for Celia has been one of my favourite novels of all time. I enjoy books written in letter/note-format a great deal so I found it very easy to read. I love how funny, witty and likeable the main character Elizabeth is. Her inner thoughts were pretty akin to my thoughts as a teenager, so I could relate to her. Moriarty weaves the plot so cleverly, I have no idea how she does it, and everything falls into place. I just freakin' love this book XD ♥
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