Flashback Friday: Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty


July 18, 2014 by Bernadette ~ The Bumbling Bookworm

Flashback Friday on Swoony Boys Podcast and Fiction Fare
Flashback Friday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the lovely ladies at Fiction Fare and Swoony Boys Podcast, shining the spotlight on books that are at least two years old 🙂

Today’s book I’ve chosen is Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty, another favourite of mine since high school 🙂 The cover’s not great but don’t let that stop you!  It’s written almost entirely through letters and notes, it’s a really effective way of storytelling.  This one is part of the Ashbury/Brookfield series, and I highly recommend all books in the series if you have the time.

Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty
Series: Ashbury/Brookfield #1
Publisher/Year: Pan MacMillan, 2000
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Available Formats: Paperback, Audiobook, eBook

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Goodreads Synopsis

Dear Ms Clarry,
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join our Society.
We have just found out about your holiday. It is so impressive! You had four assignments, an English essay and a chapter of Maths to do. And you didn’t do one single piece of homework! Fabulous!
Also we have a feeling that you have a History test today. And you’re trying to study now? On the bus? With the Brookfield boys climbing onto each other's shoulders to get to the emergency roof exit? And with Celia about to get on the bus at any moment? And you think that’s going to make a difference!!! That’s really very amusing, Elizabeth. We like you for it. You're perfect for our Society and we’re very excited about having you join.
Yours sincerely,
Society of People who are Definitely Going to Fail High School
(and Most Probably Life as Well!)

Life is pretty complicated for Elizabeth Clarry. Her best friend Celia has disappeared, her absent father has reappeared and her communication with her mother depends entirely on fridge notes. And now, 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 threshold of change. She is about to lose a friend, find a friend, fall in love and taste wine that smells like compost. A lot can happen in the time it takes to write a letter…


2 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty

  1. jaimearkin says:

    Great pick!! I haven’t heard of this one before! Definitely going to check it out – Thanks for participating!

  2. […] Wednesday: Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up {8} Friday: Flashback Friday – Feeling Sorry For Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty […]

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Hi! I'm Bernadette, a 27 year old lawyer who loves to read (duh!), especially to escape my day job. I love to talk about books but I don't always get the opportunity to do so, hence my blog! I adore YA literature, most genres of Adult Fiction, and I've also been known to pick up a non-fiction book from time to time. I hope you enjoy your visit!

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