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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (February 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670012750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670012756
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before, Celia had a friend. She had parents living together in the same house. She had not yet been publicly humiliated by vacuous Sandy Firestone. By the time she turns 14, however, her friend is gone, her parents are on a “trial separation,” and the terrible memory of Sandy’s prank burns in Celia’s heart. Her transformation into an angry, vengeful spirit is complete by the time she walks through the doors of Hershey High School, but her gloom is unexpectedly disrupted by the surprising friendship of Drake, a gorgeous new student. Celia is smitten, and the teens grow close enough for Drake to reveal his biggest secret, which breaks Celia’s heart. Increasingly, her poems are her solace, and Celia’s true vitality emerges in her love of language. Suggest this to fans of David Levithan’s and A. S. King’s books, as well as all teens who feel outside the frenzy of high-school social life. Grades 8-10, --Diane Colson

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"Karen Finneyfrock is an amazing poet so it is no surprise that her first novel is poetic. It is also hilarious, exciting and as painful as anybody's teenage years. Read it, please."
—Sherman Alexie, National Book Award-Winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
(Sherman Alexie, National Book Award-Winning author)

“I loved The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door! Celia is a quirky and unique character whose journey—through friendship and secrets and chocolate—will stay with readers long after they close the book.”
—Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Grey
(Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray)

Praise for The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock:

“Finneyfrock gives Celia a drily funny voice that keeps the narrative zipping along.” —Publishers Weekly

“Revenge may be sweet, but the joys of friendship and following your own star prove even sweeter in this engaging…novel about a creative, rebellious youngster.” —Kirkus

"[Celia Door is] a memorable outsider who is articulate, funny, and brave." —School Library Journal

"Suggest this to fans of David Levithan’s and A. S. King’s books, as well as all teens who feel outside the frenzy of high-school social life." —Booklist

"...well-written, engaging, and ultimately hopeful..." —VOYA

More About the Author

Karen Finneyfrock is a poet, novelist and teaching artist in Seattle, WA. Her second book of poems, Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, was released on Write Bloody press in 2010. Her young adult novel, The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, is due from Viking Children's Books, a division of Penguin Group USA in February, 2013. In 2010, Karen traveled to Nepal as a Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State to perform and teach poetry and in 2011, she did a reading tour in Germany sponsored by the US Embassy.


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This book is really good for teenagers.
Jacqueline Zamora
The story of Celia's Sweet Revenge did a great job of invoking my own geeky high school experiences.
G. Brisendine
Karen Finneyfrock is really a great writer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Morgan on March 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book started out great. I was so curious to know what revenge she was after, and why! It was such a mystery! As the book dragged on though, I started to lose interest. It wasn't until the very end when the book picked back up again.
I did like Celia's character. She was spunky and funny. She really added life to the story. Drake was a pretty cool character too. They just both had some things going on in their lives that I don't believe are right and that I struggled with reading. I wish the smaller characters could have been more developed in the story as well. They were just kind of a filler I felt like.
Overall, this was a cute story that I enjoyed, but will not be reading again.

I received this book for free in return for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Brisendine on March 1, 2013
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I loved this book! It's obviously written for a young adult audience, and while I'm at least a middle-aged adult, I often like those stories (I am an admitted Harry Potter fan).

The story of Celia's Sweet Revenge did a great job of invoking my own geeky high school experiences. I felt a distinct tension at about the 3/4 mark in the book and was definitely moved by the end.

Finneyfrock did a great job of writing an engrossing story with a positive message, while keeping the story relevant but never preachy. A home run in my opinion. I immediately handed the book to a coworker who has teenaged daughters.

I'm looking forward to the next novel from this writer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Kristin Anderson on February 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Books that deal with mean girls are always stories I want to pick up. Friendships and bullies are hot topics in YA and the reality is, high schoolers are living these stories every day. So a book like THE SWEET REVENGE OF CELIA DOOR, which approaches these tough topics with a side of humor, was at the top of my list.

As a freshman in high school, Celia Door is determined to leave middle school behind her -- the labels, the bullies, the failed friendships and the incident that ruined her life. But she feels like the only way to get this is to get revenge on Sandy Firestone, the girl who put her under, well, fire. Celia arrives with a new wardrobe, a poetry notebook, and a plan. Or, well, a plan to make a plan. And when she manages to befriend the hot new guy -- the one Sandy and all her acolytes are interested in -- it seems like she might be finally turning things around.

But the truth is, her new friend has a secret. And no new friend can fix the things going on at home -- her parents' "trial separation" and the invisibility she feels even in her own home. It seems like every time Celia gets ahead, she ends up finding herself buried even deeper in a new problem. And soon, she's forced to confront everything that got her to this point, that made her Celia the Dark.

While THE SWEET REVENGE OF CELIA DOOR does read more tween or middle grade than YA, it's a lovely story that touches on a lot of tough issues without the preachiness that is hard to avoid in books about bullying. I also loved the excerpts from Celia's poetry notebook, sprinkled throughout the novel. Karen Finneyfrock's debut is a fun read, and a great way to approach some not-so-fun topics.
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The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door is such a lovely book, a story that illustrates how teens on the fringe are often the most beautiful (and under-appreciated) people on school campuses. I have been a fan of Finneyfrock's work since I read her poetry (Ceremony for the Choking Ghost) and her fiction was as lovely and bright and authentic as her poetry.

We all possess at least a sliver of "Celia the Dark" . . . frankly, reading her story makes me wish I had had the confidence to be a little more Dark (meaning authentic, insightful, curious, wise, sensitive) when I was in high school.

Celia's voice is fabulous and quirky--yet accessible--and her complicated feelings for Drake are so real. Highly recommend this novel--a great one for teens AND their parents--and I cannot wait to read Finneyfrock's next story.
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It is a testament to Karen Finneyfrock's talent that she can write a tween novel with such a strong theme without sounding preachy or even a little bit cliche. Celia has been the victim of her school's mean girls since she was brave enough to stand up to them in middle school. She starts high school determined to get revenge and devotes much of her journal writing time to revenge plans. Celia's sophisticated sarcastic wit is very funny. Unfortunately, her wit is often over the heads of her less cultured classmates which just makes her more of a target for bullying and harassment. One student who does relate to her is the new kid, super good looking, smart, athletic Drake. The friendship between Drake and Celia is touching. Celia's awkwardness and negativity matched with Drake's confidence and gregariousness makes for a very comical opposites attract relationship. Drake trusts Celia enough to tell her all of his secrets, but Celia hides her history, feelings and plans for revenge from him. In fact, he becomes a pawn in her master plan. Celia prides herself on being the most well-read student in her class, but as well read as she is, evidently she never read anything about karma. When she finally enacts her revenge, karma comes back on her almost immediately, and it is very painful. Celia is flawed, but realistic and lovable. She is suffering from multiple emotional traumas that she has not dealt with, and it shows in her actions and attitudes. Lucky for Celia, she has Drake and a few other people watching out for her
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