Review: The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

August 27, 2014 3 Stars, Reviews 2

Title: The Tragedy Paper
Author: Elizabeth LaBan
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery
Published On: January 8th 2013
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 312
Format: Hardcover
Source: Won in a contest from Figment
My Rating: 3 Stars

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Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim's surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.

Jumping between viewpoints of the love-struck Tim and Duncan, a current senior about to uncover the truth of Tim and Vanessa, The Tragedy Paper is a compelling tale of forbidden love and the lengths people will go to keep their love.

I won this book in a writing contest on Figment, but by the time the book arrived in my mailbox, I’d pretty much lost all hype I had for it. The Tragedy Paper then sat on my bookshelf for MONTHS until I decided to read it.

But then after I decided to read it, during my mid-term exams I might mention, it ended up back on my bookshelf until a few days ago. I’ve been reading it off and on for the last year, but I was unable to really stay invested in this story.

Me being confused about why I couldn't get into this book!

Me being confused about why I couldn’t get into this book!

I think it had to do with how I started reading it during exams when I stressed and couldn’t totally focus on the book.

All in all, The Tragedy Paper is beautifully written and I enjoyed re-reading it the last couple days.

Duncan is a senior at his boarding school in New York and he ends up in the tiny room that Tim had lived in the year before. Tim is an albino with a story to tell, which he delivers in the form of a stack of CDs in Duncan’s closet.

Over the course of his school year, Duncan listens to the stories and reflects on his own involvement in what happened the year before.

As you can probably tell from the title, this book centers around a tragedy and some pretty sad events. I didn’t cry or feel particularly down while reading this book, despite that. It was lovely, sad tale that you shouldn’t miss!

Although, I enjoyed this book the second time around, I had to consider my troubles with the first time around, so I gave it a 3/5 Stars.


About Jessica

Jessica is an twenty year old blogger who lives in Michigan. She's currently a junior in college. She's a full-time student and part-time employee. She loves to read young adult fiction, especially contemporary, romance, and dystopian. Feel free to drop by and say hi by leaving a comment on one of her blog posts- she'll be sure to reply!

2 Responses to “Review: The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan”

  1. Connie

    Strange, this post doesn’t show up on the home page of your blog (at least, not on my computer). Luckily I spotted it on Bloglovin, haha.
    The whole “outcast boy/girl and most popular boy/girl fall in love” idea is kind of overused, but it seems like this book has a new twist on that concept, which is nice. I’ve seen this book on Goodreads, I’ll have to give it a try someday.
    By the way, do you like Figment? I’ve been wondering which writing forums/websites I could try, since there are so many I don’t know where to start.

    • Jessica

      That’s so strange! I think it might be the caching plugin that’s making it not show up! I think I fixed it, so let me know if it still doesn’t show up!

      I don’t know if there’s really that much of a twist, but I enjoyed it for the most part, either way.

      I LOVE figment! Everyone on there is so nice and helpful and it’s a great writing community, plus there’s contests and you win stuff lol! 😀

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