Karen Finneyfrock’s debut young adult novel The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door is a charming story about being yourself, facing down bullies, and staying true to your friends.
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.
Finneyfrock’s novel, though branded as YA, skews on the younger side and would be more than appropriate for middle grade readers, as well. Finneyfrock has crafted an approachable novel about timely topics that teens and tweens will easily be able to relate to.
Her characters are charming and engaging, facing real issues in realistically flawed ways. Readers will root for Celia to get her “sweet revenge.” As an older reader, however, the most difficult part of reading The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, is being older and wiser and knowing what Celia should do even as she makes the mistakes common in young people. Sure, Celia has to learn her lessons the hard way — but older readers will see what she should do, and it’s hard to stick with her as she makes this mistakes.
A charming novel about friendships, establishing your own identity, and dealing with bullies; The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door is in stores now.