Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Feeling Sorry for Celia-Jaclyn Moriarty


Feeling Sorry for Celia- Jaclyn Moriarty


the facts
satisfaction: side/up
pages: 278
gender: F
nationality: Australian
year: 2000
YA Novel

Elizabeth Clarry is a 15 year old with an unreliable friend and tons of letters in her life. The letters which are from her psyche, her mother, her penpal etc, make up the text of the novel.

Now, letters as novels can get a bit gimmicky when written for a YA audience but Moriarty does really well. Mainly, the humor is great! I loved the mom's voice most: zany and usually not home but grounded. The letters from the psyche take the form of imaginary associations like the Teenage Association and usually deliver the cold hard truth of unhappy teenagers everywhere.

Since it's a YA novel, I'm not giving you any spoilers when I say drama happens but I especially found it a better book as Elizabeth rises above it and 'comes of age'. This is pretty much a bare bones review mainly because I don't want to overhype it or inadvertently spoil it so I'll stop here. It's a short and quick read (there's a lot of space and caps locked notes in those 278 pages) and you won't suffer for the reading of it!

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