Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Publication Date: 1st August, 2011
I got a proof of The Truth About Celia a while ago, and it sounded great. And then loads of blogger friends (Kirsty and Emma) were raving about it so I knew that I had to pick it up soon.
As soon as the story opened, I couldn't stop reading. It pulled me in, hook, line and sinker and I had to read on because I really wanted to know what was going on with Celia's 'condition'. I was practically having a race with myself, trying to finish it as fast as possible!
You'd think that Celia Frost was an ordinary 14 year-old girl. But she's not. Celia has a rare blood condition which means that even the smallest of cuts could mean death. Her mother, Janice, has told her time and time again that she is different from all the other teenagers, and that she has to be extra careful at all times. As you can probably imagine, Celia is getting pretty sick of it all, and is beginning to question why her mother just took her out of the hospital after an unfortunate 'incident' (with a bully at school and a knife) and why exactly they are packing up their stuff and moving on to yet another place when she DIDN'T JUST DIE and it actually appears that the doctor can't find anything wrong with her blood...
I felt sorry for Celia because of the fact that she doesn't have a place to call 'home' and that made me really sad. Her life was so unstable and seriously, would you like to be moved to a completely different place at the sight of a potential risk? I was practically shouting 'YOU GO GIRL!" at the book when Celia started to rebel and do what she wanted to do, despite her mother's panicking. But then as the story progressed and I realised that her mother had a very valid reason for lying about Celia's condition, it was Janice that I was rooting for. For most of the book, it's Janice that we think is the bad guy, but honestly? She's got NOTHING on the real one.
The relationship between Sol and Celia was a particularly lovely aspect of the novel, and I'm really glad that she did have the opportunityto call somebody a 'friend'. And Sol's family were just the coolest. His mum and two brothers made me laugh at various occasions.
I'm not really sure what else to say, because there's a rather huge twist in the book that I don't want to accidentally reveal. Just let me say this: it's like, The Truth About Celia has a bomb slowing ticking away somewhere in the background, and when it finally goes off, you'll get the shock of your life. This is a thought-provoking, fast-paced, thriller bursting with lies. I know I'll be watching out for a certain author!