Feeling Sorry for Celia: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Jan 10, 2002 - Fiction - 288 pages
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A #1 Bestseller in Australia and Book Sense 76 Pick

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.

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User Review  - themythicalcodfish - LibraryThing

Another reread of an old favorite. I love epistolary books anyhow, and this one is particularly amusing with letters from little clubs and societies that don't exist. I really enjoy the localized ... Read full review

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User Review  - peptastic - LibraryThing

Dear Lauren, Didn't Elizabeth's dog die when she went on a trip? Think about that next time you go anywhere. Love, your beloved Chihuahua Seamus Feeling sorry for Celia was a lovely book about the ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Jaclyn Moriarty's Feeling Sorry for Celia has been nominated Best Book of the Year by the American Library Association, for YALSA's 2002 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers, and for the 2002 Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award. Jaclyn Moriarty lives in Sydney, Australia where she works as a media and entertainment lawyer. She is currently writing her second novel.

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