Saturday, 8 July 2017

Review: Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty

Title: Feeling Sorry for Celia
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty 
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: January 10th 2002
Page Count: 288
Buy The Book: Amazon | Book Depository 
Rating: 4/5


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...


“People always tell me I shouldn't run so far because I'm too young and my bones will fall to pieces. But I do it anyway - mainly because I love the bit when you finish and get to stop running.”
My Thoughts


This book was just immensely fun to read. I couldn't put it down. It made me smile and laugh, and by the end of the book I was smiling goofily to myself and jumping up and down in my seat. It's the type of book that warms the heart I would say.

'Feeling Sorry for Celia' is an easy read which is written solely in letter and note form. That was probably one of the reasons I found the book to be so fab. Not once did I feel like the book dragged, there was always something interesting or intriguing happening. The letters and notes helped to understand the different characters better by injecting pieces of detail here and there for the reader to put together, giving the feel of a mystery slowly being unravelled.

The characters in this book are so relatable. LIKE SO MUCH. I could completely understand the highs and lows in both Elizabeth and Christina's lives as they go through their teen years. It all felt real, from fading friendships to formations of new and unexpected ones, crushing on a guy, being insecure and most of all coming out on top. 

I'm super glad that I picked this book up from the library. There were about three lonely copies sitting there on the shelf that needed some love so I knew I wanted to give it a shot. I didn't think I would love it as much as I did. I definitely think I need to spread some love about this book.

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