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Feeling sorry for Celia
Jaclyn Moriarty
Adult Fiction MORIART

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Coyly channeling teen quirkiness and enthusiasm, Moriarty captures the essence of a girl's adolescent years in her epistolary first novel. Consisting entirely of letters and notes written to and from protagonist Elizabeth Clarry, this peek into the life of an Australian teenager reads like a clandestine perusal of a very capably written diary. The daughter of divorced parents, Elizabeth is becoming reacquainted with her father, who has recently returned to Australia and wants to make up for all the time with her he's missedÄthis consists primarily of dragging her to expensive restaurants. Her life is further complicated by her best friend, Celia Buckley, who careens from one escapade to the next, confident someone else will bail her out. An English assignment lands Elizabeth a pen pal from a neighboring school, and she is becoming a serious long-distance runner, but Celia (and boys, of course) are serious distractions. Holding her own despite internal doubts, Elizabeth navigates the murky waters of adolescence essentially alone. Her mother is a parody of a contemporary career woman: emotionally dependent and immersed in her job at an ad agency, she leaves dizzy notes (many of which are no more than thinly veiled pleas for help with ad campaigns) around the house for Elizabeth, who is left to cook, clean and look after herself. Although adults may find the novel cloying at times, and younger readers might miss some of the humor (especially where the behavior of the adults is concerned), this teen's journey of self-discovery is a pleasant, feather-light distraction. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Elizabeth Clarry is the 15-year-old heroine of this epistolary novel, which consists of notes left by her mother on the refrigerator, letters from a pen pal at a school three blocks from hers, and (imaginary) communications from The Association of Teenagers, The Best Friends Club, etc. The readership may be a problem for this first novel, which appeared in Australia in the young adult market but now is targeted for adults. Will they be interested in the standard adolescent angst litany: I'm unattractive, no one likes me, my parents are idiots, etc.? Perhaps not, but teen readers will certainly recognize the situations and be pleased by the happy ending. Fun for the right reader. Rebecca Sturm Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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