Feeling Sorry for Celia A Novel

Jaclyn Moriarty

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

288 Pages



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ALA Best Book Nominee
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers Nominee
Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Nominee

Life is pretty complicated for Elizabeth Clarry. Her best friend Celia keeps disappearing, her absent father has reappeared, and her dialogue with her mother consists entirely of wacky notes left on the fridge. On top of everything else, her English teacher wants to rekindle the "Joy of the Envelope," and now a Complete and Utter Stranger knows more about Elizabeth than anyone else. A #1 bestseller in Australia, this fabulous debut is a funny, touching, revealing story written entirely in the form of letters, postcards, and missives from imaginary organizations like "The Cold Hard Truth Association."


Praise for Feeling Sorry for Celia

"Dare to steal a glance into Elizabeth's teen years . . . it feels a little like snooping into someone's personal drawers—but after a while, you'll relish the sneak peeks . . . Sassy Celia is no sorry sister."—Seventeen

"Elizabeth is feisty and charming, and she and the novel are a delight."—Kliatt

"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

"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 Watermelon and Rachel's Holiday

"Highs and lows alternate as dizzily as adolescent hormone levels in this engaging debut."—Kirkus Reviews

"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 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

"Moriarty poignantly captures the trials of adolescent friendships and the bittersweet evolution of the teenage subconscious."—Booklist

"In this funny, engaging novel . . . Elizabeth's intelligence and wry sense of humor come through strongly in her letters to her mother and her friends."—School Library Journal

"Honest—This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I couldn't put the book down. I'm immediately going to buy copies for my three best friends—girls I have known since grade school. Lovely—can't wait for another."—Tammy Partsch, The Book Clinic Bookstore, Nebraska City, Nebraska
"Elizabeth Clarry is exactly the sort of person I'd love for a best friend."—Melina Marchetta, author of Looking for Alibrandi

"[Feeling Sorry for Celia] has that rare quality of being able to cross over into the adult market . . . one of the funniest and most touching books of the year . . . Arresting"—The Sun-Herald

"Letter-writing with such gusto that imaginary letters are soon flying in all directions . . . Entertaining."—Australian Book Review

"A whimsical and funny novel about the tribulations of adolescence . . . with her charm and self-deprecating wit, Elizabeth could have been the younger sister of Bridget Jones."—The Eye

"It's Moriarty's skillful use of humor that prevents Feeling Sorry for Celia from being more than 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 . . . Bubbling."—The Melbourne Age

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Jaclyn Moriarty's Feeling Sorry for Celia has been nominated Best Book of the Year by the American Library Association, for YALSA’s 2002 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers, and for the 2002 Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award. Jaclyn Moriarty lives in Sydney, Australia where she works as a media and entertainment lawyer. She is currently writing her second novel.
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