BY DEANNA DUFF
Karen Finneyfrock is the type of adult kids can envision becoming. Even her fashion sense earns the rare teenage stamp of approval — black-and-white streaked hair, bold glasses and a rainbow wheel of funky nail art. The former writer-in-residence at Seattle’s Richard Hugo House regularly teaches youth writing classes and works with Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program. It’s fitting that her first novel, “The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door,” is young-adult fiction and speaks to the modern teen, including coming-out experiences, cell phones and self-help books.
“Sweet Revenge” centers on Pennsylvania high-schooler Celia who vows revenge against a bullying pack of mean girls who inspired her to turn “Dark” — wearing black, being unsociable and writing poetry. Drake, a gay New York transfer student, offers hope of a real friendship. They both navigate embracing themselves and the perils of teenage love.
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