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