This is our chance to tell the world about a character that we love in whichever way we want. More information about this meme can be found on Jen's blog.
The book: Feeling Sorry for Celia
The author: Jaclyn Moriarty
The character: Elizabeth Clarry
Summary from Goodreads:
Life is pretty complicated for Elizabeth Clarry. Her best friend Celia keeps disappearing, her absent father suddenly reappears, and her communication with her mother consists entirely of wacky notes left on the fridge. On top of everything else, because her English teacher wants to rekindle the "Joy of the Envelope," a Complete and Utter Stranger knows more about Elizabeth than anyone else. But Elizabeth is on the verge of some major changes. She may lose her best friend, find a wonderful new friend, kiss the sexiest guy alive, and run in a marathon. So much can happen in the time it takes to write a letter....
Elizabeth Clarry is a warm and comic girl. She can cook the most amazing meals. She even manages to successfully make a Lemon Souffle on her first attempt. Personally I wouldn't know where to begin. Cooking is not in my repetoire of skills.
Elizabeth also loves to run long-distances which I find a little bizarre but very admirable. I have never been one to over-indulge where exercise is concerned.
Her parents are divorced and she is trying to develop a relationship with her estranged father (who tries too hard). I can definitely relate to that! I remember back to when my dad left my mum and all those meals out... At least I can assure Elizabeth that it gets easier.
Elizabeth writes letters to a girl at the local state school as part of her English teacher's mission to develop links between their schools.
So this got me wondering...what five things would I tell a stranger in a letter?
This is what I came up with:
- I would confess to the huge mistake that I made at work just before half term which still makes me cringe when I think about it.
- I would recommend that they read Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles and everything that Jaclyn Moriarty has ever written because she is amazing.
- I would tell them that to date my work-in-progress is now at 82953 words but I still wouldn't tell them what it's about.
- I would tell them that hubby has promised to take me to Boston next year for a holiday and that I'm planning on buying a whole suitcase worth of books to bring back and so will be saving up to pay for the extra baggage allowance.
- I am learning through blogging that I like a much broader range of books than I ever believed possible and I love my bloggy friends for that and all the support they give me.