Reviews for The truth about Celia Frost

Author: Rawsthorne, Paula
ISBN: 9781409531098

Celia Frost is a friendless, freaky kid because of a disorder that leaves her in constant fear of bleeding to death. However, when she's the victim of a knife attack, Celia realizes that her life has been based on a lie.

This is the winning book

This book is one of the 6 shortlisted titles.

Reviews from Pupils

This book is rated 5 star

Paula has used a lot of creativity in this book, to say that she wrote it when she had spare time, as she said in the visit to Djanogly. I could really get into the book with Celia and her best friend Solomon (Sol). I like the idea of Celia and Janice having to move to the Bluebell Estate. A highly recommended book to read for Years 7, 8 and 9.

Review by Ethan - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 1 star

I didn't really like the story because it is so sad. Is there going to be another sequel?

Review by cameron - Nottingham University Samworth Academy
This book is rated 4 star

I think Celia in The Truth About Celia Frost is a character with a lot of depth. The story with holds a shocker twist and grips all the way through.Overall an amazing novel.

Review by Craig - Nottingham University Samworth Academy
This book is rated 4 star

This book is very good and I really enjoyed the twist in the story. One of the best things about the book was the fact that it was about how she lives with her blood problem. I would definitely recommend this book and I cannot wait to read some more Brilliant Book Award books.

Review by Emily - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

I really, really enjoyed The Truth About Celia Frost because it was a book that I couldn't put down and even got told off by my mum because I was reading too much. I especially liked the plot and the mystery behind it and even though the condition in the story is quite rare it felt like something that happened all the time. I think that Paula Rawsthorne is an amazing author and I am looking forward to reading her new book that will come out in summer.

Review by Ananyaa - Nottingham Girls' High
This book is rated 1 star

I thought this book would be rubbish and I was right! I thought the characters were boring and I was not excited or convinced by the idea of Celia bleeding to death from the slightest cut. This is the worse book that I have read for the BBA. I found the characters unlikable and unrealistic. I found this book worthy of only 1 star. It was different but it was too different and did not suit my liking at all which is why I have complained more about this book than any of the others.

Review by Kyle - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 5 star

The truth about Celia Frost really is a gripping novel with a twist around every corner. Celia, the main character, who is supposed to have a rare blood disorder, is made believable because of the fact that her reactions are like those of a normal child. The settings, are well described, but not in so much detail that it is boring. The imagery means you can really picture the characters. I was thoroughly excited by the novel. It was totally believable and not at all confusing.

Review by Issy - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed The Truth About Celia Frost because I found the characters really convincing and the plot was totally believable as well. Celia Frost is suppossed to have a rare disorder so that if she cuts herself even slightly she could bleed to death. I thought the story was very exciting and I liked it.

Review by Anosha - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 5 star

What is the truth about Celia frost? This is the question you are asking yourself the whole way through this fabulously written book. When you get to it, it is shoking; nobody would see it coming. This is a gripping read with an amazing twist. If you want a good book then read this! It definatly deserves to win!

Review by Holly - Becket School
This book is rated 5 star

I like 'The truth about Celia Frost' because there is always a little twist in the end and there was. I liked how Celia thought she had figured the truth but there was a bigger secret. Meanwhile, Frankie Byrne was spying on them the whole time. The only thing I don't like is that I don't know what's going to happen to Professor Hudson......

Review by Muhammed - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 4 star

I think the book "The truth about Celia Frost" is very good because I thought it was going to be boring at the start but I kept reading and I really like the story line because it is unique. The thing that got me reading this book is the blurb. When you get into the story it reveals the truth and that is where i really started to like the book. I thought it would be very boring but in the end I really liked the book and I really think this is one of my favourite books. I really recommend this book because it is really good.

Review by Manasi - Fernwood School
This book is rated 5 star

I really enjoyed this book, I really like the depth of the characters and how they are shown and the problems they are faced with and about the diseases. The plot is not very obvious because it has alot of twist and turns inside of the book. The words the author chose are very effective at times. THe problems that Celia faces and the paranoia that her mother has makes the storyline somewhat suspenceful.

Review by Lucas - Fernwood School
This book is rated 4 star

I think The Truth about Celia Frost is a great book to read, because it has a gripping storyline and the twists and turns in the book are really surprising. My opinion is that it was a good book, but the ending wasn't as dramatic as you thought it could be. It is about a girl called Celia who has a disorder where just one cut could make her bleed to death, but there is a mystery to whether she really has a disorder. Could it be her mum who has a disorder and what is she hiding? The blurb is also quite enticing because the author includes the mysteries in the book but there are many more unexpected twists in the book as well.

Review by Amrit - Fernwood School
This book is rated 5 star

"The truth about Celia Frost" is a thrilling tale. It is full of tension and suspense, and has a gripping ending. While reading it, I felt like I was there with Celia and her mother. The author has researched lots to make this story as realistic, but exciting as possible and it truly is. There is adventure everywhere in this book, left right and centre and truly a gripping story.

Review by Hugo - Fernwood School
This book is rated 4 star

I think ths book is quite good because it is/can be a real life. Also the characters are really well rounded. When reading this book it seems that you are standing right next to them all the time,and it is thrilling and full of adventure and twists at every corner. When you first read it it seems to be a bit difficult to understand though after the first chapter I feel that I was "in the swing of things" and understood the plot and story line properly

Review by Kaiden - Fernwood School
This book is rated 5 star

Imagine you are a freak. Everyone's afraid, no one understands. Celia Frost is until she finds out a secret... The truth about Celia Frost is narrated by Celia, herself, and Frankie, the private detective in search of her. Is there more to this case than Frankie thought? The two narrators keep you turning until their paths collide and the truth starts to unravel... I really liked Celia the character as she was likeable, brave and gutsy. It's a great page-turning mystery. Read it and discover what really is the truth about Celia Frost...

Review by sophie - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 4 star

An exciting book with lots of twists and turns, very unpredictable. But it makes you think about it. I was a bit confused at one point and had to read it a couple of times again, so thats why i gave it 4 not 5. But overall i will definetly reccomend it!!!

Review by Meg - John Port School
This book is rated 4 star

This book is an interesting one because it is about a girl who has a condition where, if you hurt her, she could bleed to death. It's a great read - try it.

Review by Chloe - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

I really like this book as you never know all the facts until the very end. The way everything unravels but then turns out to be fake just captivated me. I think this book is really amazing and doesn't confuse you as much as some of the other shortlisted books. I give it 9/10

Review by Alfie - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

A freak of nature, put on the planet for pure humiliation, one tiny cut could lead to certain death. Or so Celia Frost thinks. This novel is full of twists and turns as you unravel the truth about celia frost. This book was definitely worth my time and for the win.

Review by Avalon - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 5 star

VERY GOOD BOOK! and it deserves the capitals! the twists are amazing and the imagination , wow. Cant wait to buy her book and Get it signed!!!! Loved it that much. Nothing Better. Full stop.

Review by Emmaleigh - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 5 star

If you want a good book this is it The Truth About Celia Frost.It is a really good book and I love the twist that it has got in it.

Review by courtney - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 5 star

If you want a good book this is it: The Truth about Celia Frost.It is a really good book and I love the twist which is in it.

Review by courtney - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 5 star

I really enjoyed this book.It has a good twist to it at the end. if you want a good book then you have to search for one that is good enough for your liking but this book takes a long time for you to get into it. it hooks you as soon as you get to the right bit.

Review by jade - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 5 star

I thought this book was really interesting and gripping, because i never knew what was going to happen next and I thought Sol and Celia were going to be in love!!!

Review by rose - John Port School
This book is rated 5 star

This book was very dramatic and has a lot of cliff hangers that keeps you reading through the entire book. It was easy to follow the book from the start to the end. I voted this book 5 stars because this book can easily keep you reading and reading until you have read the entire book. The ending was what I thought it would be. Fantastic book I would read this again.

Review by Oliver - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 5 star

It's really good and defintly worth reading and it's really good once you start reading it

Review by Georgina - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 5 star

I liked the Truth about Celia Frost because it has a twist that you wouldn't expect. Its a bit boring at the end because all of it was exciting but the end part. The title matches the book unlike other books because the title was the TRUTH about Celia Frost.

Review by alysha - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 5 star

I loved this book so much! Out of the six books included in the shortlist, this was the first one I read. I adored the original plot line, the extreme mystery surrounding Celia's life and I particularly loved the extreme twist towards the end! I'd definitely recommend reading this.

Review by Ocean - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 5 star

The truth about Celia Frost is a mystery that you won't find out untill you read the book. Celia is such a typical teenage girl that you forget she's different while your reading it. The author has made the book so believable.

Review by Kelly - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 5 star

This is my favourite book in the BBA short list by far! I found it unpredictable and although I'm sure Rawsthorne hadn't intended for Celia and Solomon to have a romance, I think it would have made a huge improvement to the book if they did! I was amazed by the vast chest of secrets that was locked behind Janice. I loved the old school friendship between Celia and Sol and how it aided Celia's escape later in the book. I definitely think this book will go far to win many medals and the Brilliant Book Award!!!

Review by Cameron - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 5 star

A very interesting book, I found the beginning sort of slow but after the first chapter I found myself completly engrossed in the book. Sol is probably my favorite character, his character description and role in the book makes you feel more involved in the story. I usually go for mythical books so I was unsure as to whether I would enjoy this or not. However, I can honestly say it is now in my top ten favourite books, the story is totally unpredictable and a very worthwhile read!

Review by Imogen - National Church of England Academy
This book is rated 4 star

The Truth About Celia Frost is a good book. Celia's mother has ruined 14 years of Celia's life, but she will not let that continue. In her mother's eyes she risks her life, but in reality she holds a hidden secret...

Review by Lily - Minster School
This book is rated 3 star

Celia Frost is not something I would normally read but I thoroughly enjoyed it! It is about a girl called Celia Frost who has a blood disorder, but she finds out her whole life is a lie, she goes on a quest to see what's the truth and what's not...

Review by kATIE - Alderman White School
This book is rated 4 star

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It isn't the type of book I would usually pick up, but it was very well written. I liked the way that Frankie and Celia’s story intertwined at the end. If I could change the book, I would maybe write a bit about Sol before they meet so it’s three stories stories into one, instead of two into one.

Review by Maddie - Alderman White School
This book is rated 5 star

When I first read this book I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it, with blood and knife attacks. However, when I read further I found it was a page-turner, with adventure and exhilarition. It is very realistic and about a girl, called Celia, who has a blood clotting disorder. It is perfect for children aged 11-14... It was a great book and my favourite so far. I would recommend this book to everyone!

Review by Rhianna - Alderman White School
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed this book and was excited when I found out the twists. I give it a 4 and a half out of 10 because it could have had a more exciting bit right at the end.

Review by Reuben - Alderman White School
This book is rated 5 star

The Truth about Celia Frost is about a girl who has a rare blood clotting disorder. It is a brilliant and well writen book. It is perfect for people who like realistic books. It is a real page turner with an amazing twist. It is mostly aimed at people aged 11-14. It is an excelent bookand I sugest you read it.

Review by Ella - Alderman White School
This book is rated 4 star

This book was one of those books that you can't put down. The Truth about Celia frost is up there with some of my all time favorites!

Review by Matilda - Alderman White School
This book is rated 5 star

I feel really strongly about this book and it left me wanting to know some more about what happened after the end. Yes it definetley stayed in my mind after I had finished. Every time I started reading I couldn't put it down, I wanted to carry on and find out what was going to happen next. I had a really good connection because it was a mix of mystery, family crisis and is brilliant. Paula Rawsthorne is such a great author.

Review by Freya - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 4 star

I thought this book introduced lots of ethical issues and kept the reader wanting more. I wanted to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Celia Frost and her health problems.

Review by Mrs Davison - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 5 star

I love this book. It is gripping all the way through. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't put it down. My favourite part is when Sol saves Celia. It is a magical moment that lets the reader know that something a special friendship. This book made me think about cancer because it shows how desperate people are for a cure. I can't wait for the next book!

Review by Claire - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 5 star

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The twists involved and the two intertwining story lines really brought this book alive for me. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone.

Review by Ellie - Becket School
This book is rated 4 star

The truth about Celia Frost is a fantastic story with plenty of quirky twists. It’s about a girl called Celia who has a blood clotting disorder that means the tiniest cut could make her bleed to death. Then a bully at school attacks her with a penknife and she is sent straight to hospital, but the cut heals just fine and the doctors begin to get suspicious. Her mother, Janice Frost, immediately has them moving house and she is obsessing even more over Celia, and controlling her every move. Celia is very confused and she begins to wonder if she does have a disorder or if her life has just been one big lie. It is a great read with more than a few funny parts. It is well written and I would recommend it to all teenage readers.

Review by Lauren - Nottingham Girls' High
This book is rated 5 star

Its a great book! It is very interesting and you always want to find out more about Celia and you don't know the truth until the end of the book.

Review by Rebecca - Ockbrook School
This book is rated 4 star

The story line is very fast-paced, each new revelation almost leaves you out of breath. Part of the story is Celia discovering who she really is, and building on that knowledge to find her past, present and what she wants in the future. One of my favourite moments is when Celia meets Sol, her best friend, as they are so well matched. I can't wait for a sequel!

Review by Olivia - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

I loved this book as it ticked all the boxes, keeping the reader on edge throughout, revealing the unexpected left and right. This is a captivating tale of friendship, freedom and deadly secrets where good faces evil in the ultimate showdown, both physically and mentally. It provides the reader with the excitement they crave.

Review by Melissa - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

i went in the libary for 2 weeks straight to get this book and everytime i managed to miss it. i finally got it and i'm glad i did. this is an EXCELLENT BOOK I LOVED IT.the plot was witty and clever which leaves you hanging on the edge the whole time . i could not put this book down and i read it in a day. this book is awesome.

Review by elise - Ockbrook School
This book is rated 5 star

I thought this book was cleverly told and unpredictable. There were many twists which made the story unique. However, even though the characters were realistic I thought that idea behind them and the story was not. Generally. FAB!!!

Review by Kate - John Port School
This book is rated 5 star

The best book I have ever read, it's great because you don't know how the story ends until its finished.

Review by Hannah - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I loved this book because it intrigued me. I couldn't stop reading as it went on because it got more and more interesting! This book should win, as it made me clasp my hands with excitement!

Review by Lucie-Mae - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

excellent, one of the best books i have ever read. You get a very good insight into how scary life would be, thinking that every single day of your life would be your last but then to discover you can save lives. the writer, Paula Rawsthorne is ever so clever and imaginative that you can really feel for them. i would recomended it to anyone.

Review by Hannah - Ockbrook School
This book is rated 5 star

I think that this book can definitely win the award because it is an exciting story which is almost impossible to put down. I like it because unexpected things happen so you never know what is coming.

Review by Joanna - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

This book contains a mystery - Celia and her mother are continuously on the move, and their identity cannot be uncovered. I enjoyed this book because it doesn't give the plot away straight away, but leaves the reader on the edge, wondering what's going to happen next. There were parts of the book which needed more explaining, as I found them a bit vague.

Review by Eleanor - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

My favourite character has got to be Solomon Giran, he is a magnificent person, he is caring and he risks his life for others. I was quite shocked when I realised the true meaning of Celia's disorder and why Janice (her Mum) had done what she did. Altogether this book is a brilliant book to read.

Review by Hayley - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

I liked the truth about Celia Frost because it had a strange but interesting twist. Celia was a girl who was always moving house and school. I liked it when her and Max Jenkins were in the cloakroom beacase it made me want to read on. I got really stuck in the book. I think it was an amazing book and would recommend it to family and friends.

Review by Natalie - Queen Elizabeth's Academy
This book is rated 4 star

The book is a very complicated how she had to move schools quite a few times and I liked it how she stuck up for herself against a bully. The book has a strange but interesting twist.But the thing i didnt like about the book is how its was very interesting at the start but as you read the book more it gets a bit dull in the middle area of the book.

Review by Katie - Queen Elizabeth's Academy
This book is rated 5 star

This book was amazing it was the first book I read and I just couldn't put it down, me and one of my friends kept texting each other telling each other about it . I love the twist at the end. It was hard to keep it a secret!!!!!!!!

Review by Rebecca - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

Celia is just a normal girl, who was born with a blood problem. She was brought up roughly until she met a life-changing lady who flipped her life upside down. All Celia wanted was the truth. But she got none of it . Instead she got an endless line of blood rotting lies that she believed. Until something happened ... A gripping tale ... An unfortunate girl ... A heart-warming mother ... A trust worthy ONLY friend ... A malign foe ... and a unique saviour. Keeping you hooked . And making you feel like you`re there with Celia . A touching story with a unforgettable twist that gets your heart beating rapidly...

Review by Ellie - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 4 star

This book at first is really sad when the reader begins to know about Celia's problem. I would recommend this to readers who like to be confused at first but slowly clears.

Review by Raza - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked the book it has a great story line with some unexpected bits it is a great book with beliveable charaters.

Review by Iola - Nottingham Girls' High
This book is rated 5 star

I loved it when it said "but when the knife attack on Celia has unexpected consequences". I love that bit and it will knock your socks off.

Review by Danielle - National Church of England Academy
This book is rated 4 star

'The Truth about Celia Frost' is about a girl called Celia who was told by her mother, Janice, that she had a blood clotting disorder where, if she got a cut, she could bleed to death in a matter of minutes. When Celia keeps moving from house to house, she starts to get suspicious and when she does get a cut at school and does stop bleeding, she begins to dig deeper ... I like this book but I think that it is quite weird.

Review by Emma - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 3 star

I personally did not like this book because it was unrealistic and exaggerated small problems, the author was going on and on and on about the small topic. I would rate this book 6/10, the author needs to develop the book faster. I would recommend this to people who like imaginative books.

Review by Elena - Nottingham Girls' High
This book is rated 3 star

It was ok, it isn't my favourite it is very well written. I wouldn't have picked it up if it wasn't on the brilliant book award.

Review by Georgia - Nottingham Girls' High
This book is rated 4 star

I found this book very intriguing and very hard to put down. I love all the twists but it could have been better if the character changes were more obvious.

Review by Maddy - Nottingham Girls' High
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed this book, I love the way the storyline twisted and warped, I kept coming up with a suitable conclusion, but when I carried on reading it was completely thrown out the window! The characters are so unique but so lovable! I also loved the way the stories of Celia and Frankie slowly collided together to complete the legendary ending!

Review by Eden - Ockbrook School
This book is rated 4 star

Lies are part of this book. Everyone has their own secrets and Celia's mum more than anyone else! If you enjoy mystery and adventure then this is the book for you. A book where running away is the only solution- read to find out!One of my favourites.

Review by Lujain - Fernwood School
This book is rated 5 star

I personally adored this book. Celia had such a strong character and I felt empowered by her bravery throughout the book. She didn't seem like a book character, but someone I could actually meet in real life, which is always a good thing; she made mistakes and had less then noble thoughts just like the rest of us. She got angry and upset, and also had a bit of a quick temper. The book itself was fabulous, and it always kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had figured it all out, everything changed when something new was discovered and I was back at square one again. I was kept on my toes, and it was really enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed reading the growing relationship between Celia and Sol. Overall, a great read and definitely worth your time.

Review by Olivia - Fernwood School