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The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door
By Karen Finneyfrock
Viking Children's, 2013
Audience: All Teens

Source: NetGalley/Edelweiss

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.

First of all, I almost didn't read this book because of the cover. It looks a lot more sinister than what it actually is. However, Celia is a sweetheart who's been through a lot and is trying to deal with it. She's not dangerous. The worst things she thinks of for revenge aren't as bad as what I was fearing.

So, Sandy and Mandy - not cool. They make Celia's life way harder than it needs to be, and what Celia doesn't realize is that the reason they are doing it is because they have no self-confidence. They pick on other people to build themselves up. I was proud of Celia for not putting up with their crap, even though it made her life harder in the long run. They needed to see that not everyone would do what they wanted.

I'm not sure about the ending. I wonder if something like that would happen in real life, or if the principal would just have ignored the situation. Before all of the anti-bullying campaigns, when I was in school, it didn't seem like they did much about it. When the people who were bullied tried to get even, like in this book, they would have gotten in more trouble than the bullies. My teachers seemed to have the attitude that kids aren't going to get along, so what can they do?

Does anyone know what it's like now?