Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Feeling Sorry for Celia (Ashbury/Brookfield #1), by Jaclyn Moriarty

Barnes & Noble

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.

Dear Reader,
The Anonymous (sorry) Society for Obvious Teenage Randomness

Told in a series of notes, postcards, and letters, Feeling Sorry for Celia delves into the life of Elizabeth Clarry.  This was a cute, quick, enjoyable read, and I would recommend it for anyone looking for a light-hearted book.

The communications between the characters are snarky, honest, and snort-worthy.  I love the creativity behind the letters from various societies: Elizabeth's inner monologue.

I hadn't heard of this book prior to picking it up for a book challenge, and I'm really glad that I read it.  I don't know that I'll continue on with the series, but I'm happy to know that my local library carries the books in case I ever want to read the others.

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