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Feeling Sorry for Celia

Feeling Sorry for Celia

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...

  • Winner, New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award
  • A Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book
  • A BookSense 76 Pick
  • An American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults
  • A White Ravens selection.


What others said about Feeling Sorry for Celia

"Jaclyn Moriarty's 2000 novel Feeling Sorry for Celia was one of the finest, funniest debut YA novels to be published in recent years”
- misrule.com.au

"Perfectly pitched … very funny and never patronising … Feeling Sorry for Celia is a wise rites-of-passage novel at its core, buoyed up by Moriarty’s wild sense of adventure and irresistible Australian wit. I loved it.”
- Helen Brown, Daily Telegraph (UK)

"Altogether funnier, cleverer and more wide-ranging than others of its genre”
- Sunday Telegraph (UK)

"Funny and moving at the same time, ti makes for compulsive reading"
- The 50 Best Books for Children, Independent

"I absolutely loved Feeling Sorry for Celia and wish I had written it myself. It's so funny and so gripping -it describes perfectly the confusion and bittersweet hope of being a teenager. Written with exquisite deftness, immense warmth and humanity, it is the best 'feel-good' book I've read in a long time."
- Marian Keyes, author of Last Chance Saloon and Rachel's Holiday

"Elizabeth is feisty and charming, and she and the novel are a delight…this tells of relationships and especially friendships in a humorous but insightful fashion."
- Kliatt

"Highs and lows alternate as dizzily as adolescent hormone levels in this engaging Australian debut….Adolescence, zits and all, described with wit and empathy."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Edgy and irreverent…a sharp, witty take on friendship, family, and the roller-coaster ride of adolescence. [Elizabeth is] to-fall-in-love-with."
- Gotham magazine

"In Elizabeth Clarry, Jaclyn Moriarty has created more than a delightfully irreverent and engaging Everygirl. She brilliantly captures the poignancy and vulnerability of adolescence with a razor-sharp wit and authenticity, and provides a refreshing take on the nature of friendship and family along the way." 
- Lori Gottlieb, author of Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self

"Elizabeth Clarry is exactly the sort of person I'd love for a best friend."
- Melina Marchetta, author of Looking for Alibrani

"I think you were lucky to get your hands on such a fabulously thrilling book by such an obviously supremely talented author! I was unable to put the book back on the shelf after part 3 and read almost as fast as Elizabeth runs. I intend to write a letter to my best friend right now. A delightfully enthralling tale! I only hope we have the honor of hosting Jaclyn at Blue Willow someday! I promise to make her a slice of coconut pie as soon as I find a recipe! For anyone who has ever had or been a best friend." 
- Tara Hoopes, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

"It's Moriarty's skilful use of humour that prevents Feeling Sorry for Celia from being just a bleak, angst-ridden tale about blackheads and oily hair. It is full of drama, grief, confusion, yearning, desire, and letters and Post-It-Notes…. A lot happens – some good things, quite a few sad – but the characters have a depth and complexity that make them credible portraits of today's teenagers."

‘While not entirely frivolous – it sheds real light on questions of friendship and responsibility and tangentially canvasses issues of sex and suicide – the novel never takes itself seriously. Fast, fresh and funny, it's the kind of book which will both satisfy incurious readers and intrigue those with a deeper interest in questions of inspiration and creativity.’


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