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Celine (A Sunburst Book) Paperback – September 8, 2003
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“Vivid and intelligent.” ―Starred, School Library Journal
“Celine is one of the wittiest narrators to step out of the pages of young adult fiction...Her targets range from modern art to televangelism and her aim is true.” ―The Washington Post
“An original and disarming first-person narrative about a sixteen-year-old artist and her irresolute yearnings to find a center to her life...[A] mature, fully realized work, and one that sees an exciting author, with an authentic new voice, emerging as an important spokesman for contemporary young adults.” ―Starred, The Horn Book
“Start to finish, this book is a delight. It is funny, witty and poignant.” ―The New York Times Book Review
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Three and half stars, rounded up. Not the 'greatest ever' as the parade of gushing five stars paint it, but pretty good. Good for YA.
Ending wasn't conclusive; would have liked to read chapters titled "Celene Presents Note", "Celene Talks with Art Teacher", "Celene Enters Art Exhibition", and "Celene's Dad and Italy."
Celine hopes to graduate from high school a year early, but is having trouble closing the deal. She has not fulfilled her athletic requirement and is under the gun to finish a paper on The Catcher in the Rye in order to pass English. She hopes to live her own life after graduation with friends in Europe, but has, at this point, neither a definite plan nor parental permission. When it comes to the nuts and bolts of life, she shows her youth and inexperience. Socially, she is well outside the confines of the female teenage "box." She has little interest in clothes, sex, drugs, rock'n'roll, etc. She relaxes by vegetating in front of the television.
Her time has been co-opted by Jake, an eight-year-old boy who lives in the next apartment and whose parents have separated. Celine always treats Jake kindly and respectfully, unlike his foolish parents. In doing so, she shows her essential good nature.
The novel ends before Celine can accomplish all her objectives. The plot deals mainly with the humorous obstacles that life places in her path. She maintains a remarkable narrative voice throughout the book (she is the narrator). In fact, it was impossible (for me) to separate her voice from that of the author, Brock Cole. This is by no means a defect of the book-it explains her remarkable fluency without detracting from her charm.