Reading Guide Questions
Please be aware that this discussion guide may contain spoilers!
- Who grows and changes more over the course of the novel, Celia or
Elizabeth? How and why?
- How does the structure of Feeling Sorry for Celia with letters,
postcards, and messages from societies such as "The Cold Hard Truth
Association" affect the reading experience? How does this structure reflect
the experience of being a teenager?
- What is the significance of Elizabeth's letters from "The Association of
Teenagers" throughout the story?
- Compare the development of Elizabeth's friendship with Celia to that of
her friendship with Christina. Do you think that Elizabeth would have become
friends with Christina if they had met in person?
- Some readers feel sorry for Elizabeth. Does she feel that way about
herself? What about the characters around her?
- After Celia begins dating Saxon, she writes Elizabeth a letter: "I feel as
if I have lost you. You are a different person. It's like you've
disappeared.... You weren't happy for me. You never asked me a single question
about Saxon or about how I felt. Maybe you thought you had to be cruel to me
so I'd learn how to survive on my own. But maybe you were being too cruel,
Lizzy? Maybe you just weren't being fair?" Is this true?
- Describe why most teenagers and adults, who remember what it was like to
be a teenager, would identify with some of the experiences that Elizabeth and
Christina share with each other?
- Why do you think Celia is always running away from home?
- What does the outcome of Elizabeth's relationships with Celia and
Christina tell us about the nature of friendship?
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