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The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by [Finneyfrock, Karen]
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Length: 288 pages Age Level: 12 and up Grade Level: 7 and up

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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 IndianSherman 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 GreyRuta 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

Product Details

  • File Size: 470 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (February 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EXJZH4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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The unexpected Gem that needs to reach the Right Audience

It's been a long time since a character spoke to me the way that Celia Door did. It's been even longer since a book has touched me in the manner the Sweet Revenge of Celia Door did. When I first began reading it, I expected some fluffy paranormal type book, with the darkness being demonic or woowoo. Glad I was wrong. Glad I got more than I bargained for.
Betrayal, the proverbial stake through the heart. We've all been there, in that Brutus moment in time: unrepentantly screwed over when one didn't see it coming. We've all had to pick up the pieces, to figure out how to live after the fact, how to live after the hurt factor was executed. We all try to be strong enough to bravely reach inside the wound, pull out the offending weapon, calmly toss it aside, and to walk away unscarred; with a bored expression and a flip of the hair. We all aspire to be dark like Celia, (darkness, an adjective describing a state of being in which one doesn't care about what others think of him or her, or when one acts out by purposely stepping outside of the norm to prove a point). However, it's not easy being dark when the sting of betrayal is fresh; no matter how much we hope it to be. You see, betrayal attacks that fragile, human part of us known as the soul, sickening our hearts and mind with hatred and rancor. Like Celia, some of us may reach the point, where we'd consider finding a shadowy place to stab our opponent, we may even find ourselves fantasizing about ways to get even, consequences be damned. We seek revenge for its supposed sweetness, even when we're still healing, seeping blood, and struggling to keep our various bits of guts and innards in place, for it is perfectly human to be angry when one is unjustly victimized.
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