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Posted April 9, 2013
Loved it...especially discovering it during April, National Poet
Loved it...especially discovering it during April, National Poetry Month! Celia is entering her first year of high school with a chip on her shoulder (rightly earned), a new and highly goth personal style, and revenge in her heart. She is a voracious reader, a habitual poetry writer, friendless, and the target on her back when it comes to the mean girls is planet sized. Even her refuge of English class is ruined by a teacher who doesn't see her talents, only her new fiercely defensive attitude. So when the new and beautiful boy speaks to her out of the blue, the reader can't help but suspect along with Celia that he's running some cruel scam. But Drake is genuine and has concerns of his own...he's only passing through Hershey High while he waits for an opening into an Arts school in New York City, but the tracks he'll leave through Celia's life will be indelible. Beautifully moving, it's hard to believe that this is Karen Finneyfrock's first novel, but hopefully not her last. I'd love to see a follow-up to Sweet Revenge because I fell for the characters in a big way. Great work!
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Posted June 23, 2014
I seriously fell in love with this book. When I finished readi
I seriously fell in love with this book. When I finished reading the last page, I sat and I tried to take in everything the book encompassed. It was vast and it was powering! Words… no words cannot describe what I read. Goosebumps, tears, anxiety, thrilled, evil thoughts, ecstatic, disappointed, cautious….yes, these were the words that describe me as I read this book. This book is painful and honest and that’s why its words are so powerful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
We’ve seen them, the girls who try to be invisible. The girls who keep their heads down, who pretend to be reading the same page in a book forever, you know…..those invisible girls. We’ve also seen the initiators, the provocative ones, the ones smiling, those individuals who just never give up the taunting until they find a new victim. Let me introduce Celia, Sandy and Mandy. Celia turned Dark because of what Sandy and Mandy did to her in 8th grade. I didn’t find out what their stunt was until the end of the book but Sandy and Mandy sure wear their titles of Mean Girls proudly. Celia started out 9th grade with the intention of getting back at the duo but when Drake shows up, she gets side-tracked. Celia was pretty crafty with her lists of methods of retaliation. I am a list kind of girl and I laughed when I saw Celia’s list with the negatives and the positives listed under each method, this girl was thinking and thinking hard. Drake’s supposedly only visiting for a short while, and he befriends Celia who is not used to having friends. Celia’s used to hiding out at the library and keeping her nose in her poetry journals, so being out in the limelight with Drake is totally different for her. Everyone likes Drake and being around Drake, Celia finds herself as a target for ridicule even more so. The cruelty of bullying was relentless. I was getting so irked off with their snide comments and actions, I had to close the book a few times to calm myself. I know it happens, I know it shouldn’t but I have been there myself on the receiving end so I know the humiliation and the embarrassment individuals feel. Celia feels her revenge is going to set things right but I am getting so emotional with these girls. The bright side is Drake. Celia wonders if perhaps something could evolve with Drake and when he starts to read a self-help book, their relationship changes. As Celia writes in her poetry journals, her style of writing says something about how unique she really is. There is lots of Celia’s poetry in this novel and it is her list of Never Words that pushes her to be creative. While other writes fall back on typical words found in poetry, her list of Never Words, allows for more visual and emotional presentation. As I read her poems, I felt as if there was so much going on. Her poems were being orchestrated from the words on the page to provide sights and sounds and not just words to me When Celia finally pulls the trigger on her retaliation, she thought it would be sweet, hence the title. It was an OMG moment for me as I raced forward to finish the book. Her relationships within the book, her parents and the revenge that she was searching for …….it was truly a fantastic read for me!
“The sky opened its mouth and cried all over us.”
Posted November 24, 2013
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