March 23, 2012

Book Review of "Feeling Sorry for Celia" by Jaclyn Moriarty

Title: Feeling Sorry for Celia (Ashbury/Brookfield #1)
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Classification: YA Fiction, Contemporary
Source: Borrowed from the library

Overall Grade:
I thought...
This is the best book.

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Summary (from Goodreads): 
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.


My Thoughts:

I loved and appreciated Feeling Sorry for Celia so much that I've decided to write you a letter about it. I know! Lucky you. I know it's exciting to get a letter, but please don't brag about it to your friends or the stranger sitting next to you on the bus, because then they will want a letter too, and I simply don't have enough time to write to them all. Thanks.

Dear Reader: 
You are probably wondering whether or not you should read Feeling Sorry for Celia. I know this about you because you're reading this review of the book, which is supposed to tell you whether or not you should read it. If you think about it, this makes book reviewers pretty arrogant people. 
Like I should know you well enough to know if this book is any good for you. Who am I? A complete stranger. Yes, a slightly clever stranger who reads lots of books, but still a stranger. 
In my opinion, you shouldn't care so much about the opinions of strangers. I know that you care about the opinions of strangers because you're reading the opinion of a stranger right this second
See? You're still here. You care! 
But in this case, maybe you should care about what people say about this book. Maybe they'll tell you that this is the best book they've ever read. If they do tell you that, you should buy a copy of the book as soon as possible. Or request it at your local library. If you're bored while waiting for the library to get the book for you, you can think about things that are purple. What are some really purple things? 
Or maybe they'll say that this book is not worth the time, because they thought it was about the circus when they picked it up. I understand why someone might think that because there is a girl on a tightrope on the cover of the book. But it turns out the book is really just about some people named Elizabeth, Celia, Christina (NOT TINA), the mysterious J_____, and Saxton. 
Which is actually kind of boring compared to the circus. 
Then there will be some opinions that gently say that the book is readable and slightly entertaining and those are really no help at all, because why else would the book be published if it wasn't at least slightly entertaining, hmm? 
I think that with any of these options, you're pretty much screwed, because you can never know what you'll think of the book until you actually read it. But you're not reading the book, are you? You're still reading the strangely written review of the book from a complete stranger, which I've already told you, is pretty much useless. 
So go read the book already. 
The Society of Why Book Reviews Are Silly, But Sometimes Helpful, But Sometimes Completely Off-Base, and Why Don't You Just Read The Book Yourself Already?!... Oh Yeah, Because You're Still Reading This Review


Overall Grade:
I thought...
This is the best book.

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  1. I LOVE this book. I think only a few authors can narrate with a series of letters, and Moriarty is one of them.

    And I love that you wrote a review letter back! =D

  2. Thanks for the comment! I just couldn't resist writing my own letter back... I was thinking in notes and letters by the time I finished the book :) Now on to the sequels!!


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