4.0 out of 5 stars A coming of age story
I thought this book was brilliant. It had been suggested to me before, but i had never wanted to read it. When I did, I really connected with Elizabeth, because who hasn't felt like everyone's depending on them? The letters and notes in this book let you look at the story from a different angle, it was humourous, and it was touching. I get tired of reading "high...
Published on Jan. 12 2005 by Wendy K. Dunn
3.0 out of 5 stars not the best!
I read this book because it kept getting recommended for me. It wasn't the best. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good. The book being made up of notes and letters is clever. The main character needed more spice.
Published on May 18 2003 by Someone Special
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4.0 out of 5 stars A coming of age story,
This review is from: Feeling Sorry for Celia: A Novel (Paperback)I thought this book was brilliant. It had been suggested to me before, but i had never wanted to read it. When I did, I really connected with Elizabeth, because who hasn't felt like everyone's depending on them? The letters and notes in this book let you look at the story from a different angle, it was humourous, and it was touching. I get tired of reading "high school books" with either no depth, or lots of melodrama. I read this book when i was fifteen and i felt like i was reading about me.
I also think Australia has a lot of fantastic writers, and it's pretty arrogant to say that they don't when you've only read one book. (for example, read Love, Ghosts and Facial Hair)
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this book,
This review is from: Feeling Sorry for Celia: A Novel (Paperback)Everyone knows that some books are easy to read and others aren't. Well this book definetly is. It seems to flow together very well. So if you like books like the shopaholic series, you should definetly buy this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, witty and honest,
This review is from: Feeling Sorry for Celia: A Novel (Paperback)Jacyln Moriarty's debut novel is a refreshing antidote to the majority of books in the teen fiction genre: bland, patronising tales of lip gloss, spots and kissing techniques. Feeling Sorry For Celia, however, is full of spark and wit. While it never speaks down to its audience, it manages to communicate on the same wavelength, mainly through its charming and convincing heroine. Elizabeth is a shy 15-year-old with a passion for running, an embarrassingly eccentric mum and a best friend (the eponymous Celia) who has a tendency to do unpredictable, spur-of-the-moment things. When Celia runs away from home, Elizabeth attempts to track her down and in doing so, finds her life taking an unexpected turn.
These events are brilliantly chronicled in a series of letters that range from hilarious to poignant, to just plain mad. Meanwhile, we get an insight into Elizabeth's personal insecurities in letters from imaginary societies including The Cold Hard Truth Association, The Association of Teenagers and The Society Of People Who Are Definitely Going To Fail High School (And Most Probably Life As Well!). It is quirky details such as this that make Feeling Sorry For Celia such a uniquely charismatic read.
Another unusual feature of this book is that while it tackles such difficult subjects as suicide and teenage pregnancy with sensitivity, it is neither overtly sentimental nor preachy and does not underestimate its readers' maturity concerning these matters - unlike many novels aimed at teenagers, which make it condescendingly obvious when they are dealing with 'difficult issues'.
Feeling Sorry For Celia is a wryly observed and highly original novel by a talented author whose honest and witty style stands out against the rest of the bubblegum-sweet books on the teenage fiction market.
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever,
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This review is from: Feeling Sorry for Celia: A Novel (Paperback)Not only does Moriarty capture Elizabeth's teen years beautifully, but she cleverly does so through letters, memos, and notes -- including those she and her mother exchange on the fridge.
If you liked this book, try Egg on Three Sticks by Jackie Moyer Fischer. It's another compelling look at the teen years that somehow manages to transcend generations.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!,
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This review is from: Feeling Sorry for Celia: A Novel (Paperback)This is the funniest book I've read in years. What an imaginative story! Teenagers can be so funny without even trying. I'd rank this right up there with An Egg on Three Sticks by Jackie Fischer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny funny funny!!!,
This review is from: Feeling Sorry for Celia: A Novel (Paperback)Not just another teen novel....This book made me laugh so hard I kept having to pick it up off the floor. Endearing characters, witty writing, and a clear nothing-is-sacred attitude.... don't miss this one, it's a gem.
4.0 out of 5 stars Who IS Celia?,
This review is from: Feeling Sorry for Celia: A Novel (Paperback)This is a well written novel, but I think it should have a different title. Celia is not mentioned much at all. The book is not even from her point-of-view. The cool part about this book though, is that it is written completely in letters and notes. The story is based in Austraila, which means the dialect and the word selection is much different than the ones in America. It's quite easy to understand, besides that. I especially liked this novel because it is so easy to relate to. I would reccomend this book for anyone from sixth grade on up to about eleventh grade. It is a quick and easy read, and it is quite funny, too!
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't finished it, but it's wonderful!,
This review is from: Feeling Sorry for Celia: A Novel (Paperback)I just got this novel today and I only have about 20 pages left to read. It's wonderful!!! I keep thinking the authour has stolen my identity and given it to Elizabeth! The style of writing is fresh and unlike anything I've read before, and the characters and situations are real and often hilarious....Come on, even if Celia is crazy, you have to admit, who doesn't want to run off and join the circus???
This novel is excellent for any and all, and you don't have to worry about it getting dull or fake, because everything is just so believable and heart-wrenching!
Read this book!! That's all I can say!
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling Sorry for...Elizabeth,
This review is from: Feeling Sorry for Celia: A Novel (Paperback)Feeling Sorry For Celia; a Novel, written by Jaclyn Moriarty, was SUCH a good book! I wish that there was more to read! Every event in this book made me excited. For example, letters between Christine and Elizabeth (which was a main reason why I kept reading the book), her crush on Saxon which turned out to be Saxon in love with Celia, the letters between her mother and her, basically, everything! Elizabeth's relationships with each character was unique. When I started to read about her "best-friend" relationship with Celia, I was wondering how they ever were friends to begin with? They are so different. I was so happy when they went their separate ways because Celia, personally, was driving me nuts! When Celia went out with Saxon after all the trouble Elizabth went through to find her, made me so mad! Isn't a best friend supposed to be there for you and know when you are troubled? And after all the times Elizabeth went to her house to make sure she was okay! It just aggravates me. Anyway, I was so glad that that relationship, somewhat, ended. I really liked Christine. Although, during the beginning of the book, I wasn't sure if it would all work out. But I was happy it did. It was as if Christine should have been her best friend all along. They totally understood each other and treated each other with love and compassion. I mean, Christina was more appreciative of Elizabeth rescuing Celia than Celia was! I was happy when they met and became such good friends!
I really loved this book! And I would definitely recommend it to anyone!
5.0 out of 5 stars Re Read Favorite!,
This review is from: Feeling Sorry for Celia: A Novel (Paperback)I get this book out of the library about once a month and re-read it. That's how much I love it! I never tire of it, and I get something new out of it in each of the retelling. I want a guy like the one Elizabeth gets in the end. He says she looked like an elvin princess, I mean...how sweet!
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Feeling Sorry for Celia: A Novel by Jaclyn Moriarty (Paperback - Jan. 10 2002)
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