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Dear Ms Clarry, It has come to our attention that you are incredibly bad at being a teenager. Yours sincerely, The Association of Teenagers When Elizabeth Clarry's best friend Celia runs away to join the circus, Elizabeth has to hurry to the rescue, which isn't easy when she's generally incompetent at being a teenager. Then gorgeous Saxon Walker decides to lend a hand and things get even more complicated. It's a good thing Elizabeth has a new pen pal to talk to - because feeling sorry for Celia is turning out to be a full-time job.
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Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney, Australia, and studied Law and English on three continents - at Sydney University in Australia, Yale in the US, and Cambridge in England. She spent four years working as a media and entertainment lawyer, but now writes full-time. Jaclyn lives in Sydney with her son. Her first novel for young adults, Feeling Sorry for Celia, was an instant bestseller in Australia, America and the UK. She followed this up with the equally fantastic Finding Cassie Crazy and Becoming Bindy Mackenzie, and the brilliantly original Spell Book of Listen Taylor. In April 2010, she will be returning to many of the much-loved characters from her first three books in her wonderful new novel Dreaming of Amelia.From Publishers Weekly:
Coyly channeling teen quirkiness and enthusiasm, Moriarty captures the essence of a girl's adolescent years in her epistolary first novel. Consisting entirely of letters and notes written to and from protagonist Elizabeth Clarry, this peek into the life of an Australian teenager reads like a clandestine perusal of a very capably written diary. The daughter of divorced parents, Elizabeth is becoming reacquainted with her father, who has recently returned to Australia and wants to make up for all the time with her he's missedAthis consists primarily of dragging her to expensive restaurants. Her life is further complicated by her best friend, Celia Buckley, who careens from one escapade to the next, confident someone else will bail her out. An English assignment lands Elizabeth a pen pal from a neighboring school, and she is becoming a serious long-distance runner, but Celia (and boys, of course) are serious distractions. Holding her own despite internal doubts, Elizabeth navigates the murky waters of adolescence essentially alone. Her mother is a parody of a contemporary career woman: emotionally dependent and immersed in her job at an ad agency, she leaves dizzy notes (many of which are no more than thinly veiled pleas for help with ad campaigns) around the house for Elizabeth, who is left to cook, clean and look after herself. Although adults may find the novel cloying at times, and younger readers might miss some of the humor (especially where the behavior of the adults is concerned), this teen's journey of self-discovery is a pleasant, feather-light distraction. (Mar.)
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Book Description Macmillan Children's Books, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0330397257