The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door

by Karen Finneyfrock


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780147509956
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Like Celia Door, Karen Finneyfrock grew up filling notebooks full of poems. Now, she lives in Seattle, WA where she teaches workshops on creative writing and travels to perform poetry. Karen has previously published two books of poems. Karen Finneyfrock is also author of Starbird Murphy and the World Outside.

What People are Saying About This

Sherman Alexie

"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

From the Publisher

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

Ruta Sepetys

“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

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The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Morganjs More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous 4 months ago
Ok read, ended far to soon I wanted more from the ending. It was rather abrupt and rushed. I would have enjoyed a Page of how the writing class was, and what happened with clock. He helped her, gave her her book back,and that was it. Did they become friends? Date? Still fight? I donno anyway the book was fair I wouldn't recomend it but tell them not to read it.
romancemistress More than 1 year ago
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!
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank the author, Karen Finneyfrock, and publisher, Penguin, for sending me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in now way influenced my opinion or review. Blurb from Goodreads: That’s the day the trouble started.  The trouble that nearly ruined my life.  The trouble that turned me Dark.  The trouble that begs me for revenge. Celia Door enters her freshman year of high school with giant boots, dark eyeliner, and a thirst for revenge against Sandy Firestone, the girl who did something unspeakable to Celia last year. But then Celia meets Drake, the cool new kid from New York City who entrusts her with his deepest, darkest secret. When Celia’s quest for justice threatens her relationship with Drake, she’s forced to decide which is sweeter: revenge or friendship. This debut novel from Karen Finneyfrock establishes her as a bright, bold, razor-sharp new voice for teens. I want to start by saying I really love this cover. It's so simple, but really conveys everything we need to know about Celia right off the bat. She's quirky and different, and that's cool! Celia is really well written. She really strikes me as a young teen going through changes during her first year of high school. A girl who has been bullied and thrown down, but still stands on her two feet and keeps up appearances. She wounded, but she has a spark that allows her to trudge on. I envy her ability to go from day to day knowing how others have treated her. Of course, when she meets Drake, things change. He's a bit quirky, too. And he holds a secret that only she knows. Him trusting her makes her feel special and worthy. And having a new best friend gives her courage for sure! Their interactions are really sweet. I think what really makes Celia special is her poetry. She is able to express herself so well with it. It gives great incite into her personality. How she has overcome being bullied and is ready to turn it around, though with revenge at first, later with just words. I love the school backdrop. How everything really happens there. How seeing the people who bullied her day in and day out affects her as she plans her revenge. And each character is so unique. I found myself remembering what it was like to be a freshman in high-school, how it was hard to adjust and find my place. I see this very much in Celia because, despite her past of being knocked down by others, she perseveres. I commend Finneyfrock in writing a funny, moving, completely honest story of a young girl finding her way in the tough and sometimes scary world of high-school. She gets her story across in a witty and humorous way, drawing the reader forward with her words and flowing storyline. She had me laughing, and crying, being a bit nervous and cheering, all at the same time. 4 out of 5 stars from me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book a lot. It is a feel good story, it will make you appreciate the real friends you ave in your life
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
If I had read this book a few years ago, I probably would’ve given it a five-star rating. As it is, I’ve read too many similar books in the past couple of years to still be impressed or affected by this type of story. I expected revenge, but that’s not what I got.  I appreciate the positive messages hidden in this story and how it focuses on more than just a girl being bullied at school. What also makes it slightly different from other such books is that it shows how revenge can sometimes backfire and that it might not always be the best solution. Still, I wanted Celia to get even with Sandy and Mandy (original names for two bullies, right?), because I felt they deserved it. Yet, it seemed that The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door should’ve more aptly been titled, The Angst-ridden Coming-Out of Celia’s Gay Best Friend and His Obsession with a Certain Self-help Book.  Oh, alright, that might be a little harsh, but honestly guys, I’m rather disappointed that the title is somewhat misleading.  Speaking of gay besties coming out…I was not impressed by all the drama surrounding Drake falling in love with Japhy. (Japhy???? Who names a character… Never mind). It was just too much. Drake was constantly fretting about Japhy not coming out the same time he did, and whether Japhy has the same feelings for him, and, and, and… It was all he could talk about THE. ENTIRE. TIME! He carried on worse than a hormonal love-struck girl!  So, that’s all I have to say about that. Apart from love-sick Drake, the rest of the story was okay. I like how things got resolved at the end between Celia and her mother, and that everything wasn’t too much of a happy ending. I don’t care for poetry at all, but I did enjoy Celia’s poetry entries into her journal. It gives the reader a deeper insight into her thoughts and feelings. Many times I felt sorry for her; especially when it came to light about “the book” that nearly destroyed her life. But like they say: all’s well that ends well.  My final thoughts are that it’s a good book if you haven’t read many such books before. Otherwise, it doesn’t really offer anything new, and I was glad when it was over and I could move on to a different book that would hopefully be more engaging. 
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
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. 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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it in one day it is so amazing but the end was kind if sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where can i find it?