#TBT: Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty

Throwback Thursday – another alliteration! An alliteration I stole from every living Twitter user, obviously … but whatever. For my Throwback Thursdays, I won’t be showing you embarrassing pictures from childhood or obnoxious selfies from high school. Instead, Thursday’s posts will be devoted to wonderful books that are more than five years old. Because for me, there’s nothing more exciting than when a friend says, “Do you remember that great book from junior high/high school/university?” And I’m like, uhh – no!! And then voila! I’ve discovered an incredible book that I completely missed out on!

So, without further ado… our first Throwback Thursday:


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Feeling Sorry for Celia is a YA novel that was published in 2000 (or as we called it back then, the millennium). It’s written entirely in letters (a hit or miss style, which here works wonderfully well) and centers around Elizabeth Clarry, a 15-year-old whose English teacher starts a letter-writing program between two local high schools. Elizabeth also communicates with her mother through hilarious post-it notes, and receives fictional letters from societies such as “The Association of Teenagers” and “The Society of High School Runners Who Aren’t Very Good (but would be if they just trained)”.

I won’t say any more (because God, I can barely write a synopsis of my own book, let alone someone else’s), but I STRONGLY recommend this book for YA writers. Agents talk so much about ‘voice’, and let me tell you, Feeling Sorry for Celia has got it in spades.

Read and enjoy!

xo Elizabeth