Feeling Sorry for Celia (Ashbury/Brookfield #1)

Feeling Sorry for Celia (Ashbury/Brookfield #1)
Age Range
12+
Release Date
March 08, 2001
ISBN
0312269234
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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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Funny!
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I read this series out of order, so I think this was the third one I read. I love that there is really no particular order to read these in! It's just as funny as the others, but Ceila really got on my nerves. Also, this one made me cry!
I just love getting to know this group of characters, and I love how they all seem to pop up randomly in the other books!
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IT TOTALLY PWNS
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Reader reviewed by Jenni

Oh my God I luvddddd this book so much!  It has an AMAZING plotline and awesome characters and I totally recommend it.  This is like my favorite series, and I can't wait for the fourth one!  But anyways, the book is so ironically funny and makes these weird little jokes, which had me laughing the whole time.

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Hilarity and Poignancy in the Joy of the Envelope
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Reader reviewed by Stephanie

Elizabeth Clarry is not your average private school teenage girl. In fact, shes anything but. Her favorite hobby is long-distance running. She communicates with her mom through notes left on the refrigerator. Her one and only friend is Celia Buckley, who has a bad habit of running away for weeks at a time.

In the midst of Celias latest escapade, Elizabeths English teacher sets up a pen-pal project with the public school down the road. The last thing Elizabeth wants to do is to be forced to communicate with a total stranger, but she soon discovers that writing to her pen-pal, Christina, is actually a nice retreat from her increasingly hectic life. Her dad, who ran off with another woman when she was just a baby, has now returned to Australia to work and is interested in bonding with his daughter.

As things with Celia get more and more interesting, Elizabeth is forced to reconsider her friendships. Maybe its time for her to grow on. Luckily shes got Christina, her mom, and an anonymous admirer to make the way easier for her!

Its impossible to sum up this amazing book in a few sentences. Lets just say that this is one of my all-time favorite books, and Ill never get sick of it. Told entirely in letters and notes, FEELING SORRY FOR CELIA will make readers laugh, cry, and wish they could be part of Elizabeths crazy but wonderfully interesting life.
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Original - and the sequel's even better!
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Reader reviewed by FlooCrookshanks

I borrowed this book off a friend last year, along with the sequel (Finding Cassie Crazy). Personally I preferred the second one, as it revolved around more characters and slot together really well. The idea throughout the books is that pupils from two nearby schools write to each other like penpals. 'Feeling Sorry For Celia' focusses on a girl's letters to her penpal, where she often talks about her best friend Celia, who keeps running away (this time she's joined the circus). The two penpals, through writing to each other, form a close bond and build a friendship.

As well as the story being told through first-person perspective, it's also told through the letters the two girls write each other, and diary entries, notes doodled in class, messages left on the fridge, etc. A clever idea!
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I just LOVE this book!!!!
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Reader reviewed by Ivy

This book is one of the best I ever read! It's written in unusual ways (letters, notes...etc) It's an easy and cool read. It's emotional, yet hilarious in some parts. I just simply cannot put this book down.
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Pretty Good
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Reader reviewed by Rachael

This book was pretty good, pretty interesting. It is about this girl who's friend (Celia) runs off to a circus because she feels like she needs adventure in her life. It's written in a format not usually in books. That's what also makes it fun to read.
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fantastic book!
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Reader reviewed by shiningsaba

A fantasic book! Well, to tell the truth, it was pretty boring in the beginning, but then I got the point of it and I really enjoyed. Even though the whole book is written in letters, I could still picture myself standing there watching whole scenes fold out! A great book!
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i wanna join the circus!
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Reader reviewed by justesourire

I loved this book!! Feeling Sorry for Celia is told through Post-it notes, postcards, e-mails, and online convos. It's set in Australia and tells the story of a girl who's best friend, Celia, is always running away to do things like join the circus. The main character rides the bus (or maybe the metro) to school everyday and has started getting notes from a secret admirer who rides the subway with her. The book has a little romance and a lotta comedy. Great book!
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Best book in the world!
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Reader reviewed by Cass

HI! I just wrote this hole thing and it erased! Well i LOVE this book! It's my favoriet book in the whole world! Jaclyn Moriarty is the best author! I love Celia, Christina, and Elizabeth! There so cool! I think this book really helps you with dealing with problems. I also like the association of teenagers and all the other ones. There cool too. This book got me interested in running! I'm going to joing track next year i hope all because of this great wonderful book!
Jaclyn? Can you email me if you read this? i need help with a book.
Love
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Cass
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