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The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door

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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
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 21st 2013 by Viking Children's
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Mewmeltdown The major conflict of this book is an internal conflict in which Celia must choose between her new friendship and getting revenge on a couple of…moreThe major conflict of this book is an internal conflict in which Celia must choose between her new friendship and getting revenge on a couple of girls. Celia finds out that getting revenge may also cause serious issues for her new friend Drake. (less)
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Mar 25, 2013 JeanBookNerd rated it it was amazing
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When Sandy Firestone made Celia Door’s life miserable in middle school, Celia decides to start her high school career with revenge on her mind. When an incident prompted by Sandy and her friend Mandy, Celia places a wall and guards herself with fronting an unfriendly manner. Karen Finneyfrock’s The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door details her freshman year as she plots her revenge. Her plotting gets on paper but never seems to take flight. When the new kid from New York City, Drake, comes into her li ...more
NCPL Teenzone
May 09, 2013 NCPL Teenzone rated it really liked it
Sweet revenge
Would mean
Everything to Celia. An opportunity to
Even the score and show
The world (or at least the mean girls).

Reinvention (new look and new moniker).
Enter Celia the Dark, a new
Version, hiding behind a hoodie and chunky boots.
Emptying her feelings into a poetry
Notebook. 9th
Grade should be a new start.
Evidently not. Until

Cool Drake, from New York,
Enters Celia’s world, a
Light in her darkness.
Instantly, he entrusts her with a secret. When the mean girls strike
Again, Celia must mak
Lee Ann
Apr 09, 2013 Lee Ann rated it it was amazing
I soooo loved this book. Maybe it's because I was a young poetry geek like Celia, or that I, too, tried to read my way through sections of the library (the young readers' biography section of my county library when I was about 9 or 10). I thankfully didn't have her painful unpopularity issues, but by the age she is at the beginning of this book, 14, I was also the proud possessor of an "I could care less whether you like me or not" attitude. It sometimes takes people a little longer to grow that ...more
May 28, 2013 Sinaminviv rated it did not like it
Reading the first few pages of this book was misleading. I assumed that I would be reading a novel of a humorous yet Dark young girl in high school whose story would stand out. With a point and a lot of snarky sentences to make me laugh and giggle childishly.

I was wrong about the first part, though the laughing was minimal and the smirks few and far between.

This book, though a little bit endearing at times, really made me frustrated with the lack of...well...plot; Purpose; A point. There really

When I received this ARC, I was extremely excited to begin reading it because I was familiar with and impressed by the author's spoken word/slam poetry work. That, coupled with a ringing endorsement from Sherman Alexie on the cover, made this seem like it would be a real treat for me.

Unfortunately, this novel didn't grab me like I had hoped, and I stopped reading a little before the half-way mark. Though I liked the opening and found some humor in the writing, it felt forced at times and the na
Nov 23, 2014 Books rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2014
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 backfir
Medeia Sharif
Jan 29, 2013 Medeia Sharif rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
High school freshman Celia Door is Dark. She’s been Dark since middle school, when an incident instigated by mean girls Sandy and Mandy occurred. Celia guards herself with dark clothes, poetry, and a standoffish demeanor. But the thing is, she does care about how she’s treated. Sandy and Mandy continue to abuse her, and she wants revenge.

She plots and plots, but her plans for revenge don’t take off the way she wants them to. There’s a new boy at school, Drake, who’s absolutely cool and intereste
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Celia Door is known as Celia the Dark, because she has separated herself from her classmates, always wears a dark hoodie and black boots, and is all around surly. She wasn't always this way though, thanks to popular girl, Sandy, who pretty much bullied her all throughout middle school. Celia has decided to seek revenge on Sandy now that they are in high school and the stakes are higher. Things are already looking up for Celia now that she is in high school, because she meets charismatic Drake wh ...more
Apr 09, 2013 ExLibris_Kate rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Anyone who reads YA on a regular basis has come across a myriad of books that confront the issue of bullying. When I first picked up this galley, I didn't know that Celia Door's story fell into that category. While it does confront that issue, it ended up being about much more. Celia was immediately endeared to me with her determination to form a protective outer shell that consisted of a bad attitude and lots of goth make-up. Her obsession with revenge on the girl who made her school l
Diana R.
May 18, 2013 Diana R. rated it really liked it
Me ha agradado bastante este libro con rasgos tanto infantiles como juveniles. Tenemos dos personajes de 14 años que representan las características de esa etapa de inicios de la adolescencia y que abordan entre los dos temas muy importantes, escuela, amigos, bullying, preferencias sexuales, problemas familiares... en serio, de todo.

En la historia conocemos a Celia, que no la ha pasado nada bien, ni en la escuela ni en casa y está considerando tomar venganza de la persona que le causó problemas,
Feb 17, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it
Wow, my favorite ARC so far from ALA midwinter. I loved this book and finished it in like a day? A must-read! It's a YA, a lower YA--I would love my almost 13 yo girl to read it. Celia's voice is perfect!

There are spoilers, so don't read anymore if you don't want to know.

To me this is a story of pure friendship and the up and down of it as you try to 'help' your friends with their schemes and plans.

Celia is a wannabe famous-poet. (the poems show so much of her character throughout the story--wha
Feb 21, 2013 Shoshana rated it liked it
I can understand why Celia Door has received so many positive ratings, and praises from the likes of Sherman Alexie and Ruth Sepetys. The narrative bravely faces the cringe-inducing awkward and the seemingly insurmountable troubles of being 14. And it's done very well. For me, it was too well: I fully acknowledge Finneyfrock's skill in crafting such a spot-on fourteen year-old, full of flawed, overly emotional logic, angsty poetry, and everything else that is awful about being an early teen. But ...more
El Templo
Cuando Celia cumplió catorce años, decidió hacerse Dark. Eso no significa que empezase a vestirse de negro (aunque es cierto que es el color más habitual en su vestuario), sino que dejó de intentar agradar a la gente. Ahora, si en el instituto alguien se mete con ella, no se calla e intenta pasar desapercibida, sino que dice lo que realmente tiene ganas de contestar.

Antes de cumplir los catorce, sus padres se separaron y nadie le preguntó con cuál de los dos quería vivir. Solo tenía una amiga en
Erica Larson
Jul 14, 2013 Erica Larson rated it really liked it
Read this in one sitting, at the beach, in moderate solitude, and found myself having flashbacks to my own high school years during this time. Celia Door, I would have been friends with both you and Drake! Having heard Karen Finneyfrock perform her poetry here in Seattle, I must admit I had high expectations for this book. Good thing I wasn't disappointed. Definitely age appropriate for teens, but relatable to the adult audience as well. Refreshing to find a young adult novel with no blatant sup ...more
Jim Cantu
Nov 02, 2015 Jim Cantu rated it really liked it
Delightful engaging book. Many of the phrases are simply stunning.
Nola Decker
Sep 10, 2014 Nola Decker rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-contemp
I enjoyed Celia the Dark so much that I really wanted to spend more time with her. Her school experiences and revenge fantasies were very realistically portrayed, as was the subtle cruelty kids often inflict on each other in middle school/high school. I even had uncomfortable flashbacks to my own run-ins with mean girls in middle school. I would recommend this to kids in that age range. I'll probably pass this on to my 11yo niece, who recently told me about something "funny" that she and her fri ...more
D. George
Jul 06, 2014 D. George rated it it was amazing
I found an ARC of this at my local bookshop, and I picked it up because I loved the title, I loved the font used in the title, I loved the cover image, I loved the inside design..... and when I finally read it, I also loved the book!

Poor Celia is an outcast with no friends. (Sadly, I can relate; I felt like the loser in HS.) She's entering ninth grade, and dealing with lots of upheaval in her life: her parents are on a "trial separation" and her dad has moved to Atlanta for a new job. From Hersh
Jun 23, 2014 Sandy rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 20, 2014 Beverly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 12-15
Recommended to Beverly by: indie next list/
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 ...more
Dec 23, 2014 Baillie rated it liked it
Wow. I do not think I have met a single female "protagonist" that I have wanted to shake as much sense into as Celia Door. Except I don't think I can exactly qualify her as a protagonist. If I knew somebody this pretentious as a freshman, oh, have mercy. I mean honestly. Her family issues were iffy--and the mother who seemed to be as clueless as a brick was definitely not a plus.

The poetry was as cringe worthy as that of a freshman, though. But Celia's without-trying excellence at English makes
Rebecca Merkl
Jul 07, 2014 Rebecca Merkl rated it really liked it
Celia went "Dark" with clothes & attitude & emotion for many reasons that I could empathize with; however, I see more of these issues w/middle grade kids than high school kids. If the setting had been 8th grade, in a junior high/middle school, the story would have reached me more powerfully.

That said, Celia fights a heart-wrenching struggle for peer acceptance by newcomer Drake. She won't even tell him that her mom 's self-help books did virtually no good during a separation from her fa
Jeff Raymond
Closer to a 3.5.

This is a pretty decent take on the teenage revenge fantasy, this time with more modern tropes regarding bullying, depression, and homosexuality. Celia is the target, and she meets Drake, a boy who appears to be the only person that understands her. This means they're forced to navigate the social structures at their school ultimately at their peril, and things naturally turn south.

The book was decent. I think it succeeds mostly at what it's trying to do in terms of messaging and
Sep 29, 2013 Alexa rated it really liked it
Shelves: teenbooks
Great story of friends, coming out and a library loving girl. Yes, Celia is a freshman who loves books and is awkward around people. Her best feature is her ability to stand up for what she believes in easily--that is so rare in YA books without a fight. Her issues are fitting in, which she may never do, and by the end of the book, everyone is ok with that.
Feb 01, 2014 Haley rated it liked it
Things Celia doesn't need to change. A poem.

Her hair. That splendiferous, frizzy hair. Unbrushed and uncut, because she's her director.

Those clothes. Dark like night to spite those that smite her. (I just needed to rhyme)

Fictional friends. And Outcast friends with their quirky ways that match her.

Attitude. Taking pride in what she can do, even if it's not like you. Some people don't need cruelty to be somebody.

She's God's gift to English class.

Be dark, be light. Be alright. Be anything you want
Chloe H.
Sep 25, 2015 Chloe H. rated it really liked it
I had zero expectations for this book. Karen Finneyfrock is a local author, and it picked this up as an ARC at at a library con a couple of years back, then proceeded to hear no buzz about it whatsoever. I finally plucked it off the shelf this week and was so pleasantly surprised! Finneyfrock is a strong writer. Her poems within the the story strike the perfect tone of sounding like they authentically were written by a 15 year old, without being cringeworthy. Celia is a great character. Her high ...more
Ella Zegarra
Mar 18, 2014 Ella Zegarra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Este es uno de esos libros que tienes que explicar porqué le pones tal cantidad de estrellas. Y es po la simple razón de que aunque sea un libro bastante superficial, la protagonista bastante ¿inmadura, podríamos decir? he disfrutado leyéndolo. Me gustan mucho este tipo de personaje en los libros, en realidad admiro cuando una escritora se las ingenia para que un personaje como este me llegue a gustar.

Celia es un personaje bastante odiable pero en lo personal me gustó, y me ha ayudado mucho en e
Apr 09, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
Related so much to this book. Loved it. Definitely recommended to ANYONE who survived high school and being bullied and knew someone who needed help while they were getting bullied and teachers and students . . .
Nov 25, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
Celia has just started 9th grade, and she only has one thing on her mind: revenge. Sandy Firestone did something unspeakable to Celia in middle school, so Celia has decided to exact revenge on her classmate and humiliate her in front of the whole high school. However, when Celia meets Drake, a cute, charming and funny transfer student from NYC, her dedication to revenge keeps getting thwarted because she’s spending time with him.

I absolutely loved Celia and Drake, but I felt the bully (Sandy) wa
Apr 15, 2016 Ly rated it it was ok
I went into this book blindly. I had no clue of what it was about besides what the synopsis told me which wasn't much. It is a middle grade novel and after reading the previous reviews by other people I expected to laugh, to have a need to read the next chapter, but I didn't have it. I thought there were no funny moments in the story, not funny enough to make me laugh as others said they had, and it was very slow paced for me. I forced myself to finish it for the sake of finishing. The idea of t ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Dashi rated it really liked it
Karen Finneyfrock's "The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door" was a surprising read, tackling subjects I didn't expect it to in a way I didn't expect it to. I was contemplating a three star review at first but I had to bump it up to a four star one, when I compared it to some of the three star reviews I've given in the (recent) past.

The most surprising feat it managed to pull was sell me poetry, which I'm usually allergic to, especially in literature that can be considered YA. Don't get me wrong, it fel
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