Dec 30, 2016

The Tragedy Paper.

the tragedy paper
elizabeth laban.

Publisher Knopf Books
Publication Date: January 8,2013.
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: EBook|312.
 Source:  Goodreads|Bought

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

Have you ever came across a book once you read it, you wished that you have read it sooner? THE TRAGEDY PAPER was that novel for me. I had it in mine to read list for a while and I had heard quite few great reviews about it. It was unlike other books that I had read and wasn’t what I expected it to be. THE TRAGEDY PAPER were better that that and it took me by surprise. Like Duncan, I were curious about Tim’s story and what happened to him second that he started talking. I was fascinated about his story and wondered if anything would ever happen between him and Vanessa. Patrick, he wasn’t good for her and I wished that Vanessa would see that. I was waiting for a moment where she would figure out. This novel was filled with a lot suspense, there wasn’t a single page in the story that didn’t have me wondering what’s going to happen next, if Vanessa and Tim would end together, what Patrick was planning. There were a lot questions and it was hard for me to put the book down.

I felt connection between Tim and Vanessa when the two spend time together, when they got stuck at the airport. It didn’t take them long to establish a bond with each other. Like Tim I was disappointed to find out that she had a boyfriend, I was sure that she liked Tim because how she acted around him when the two of them were able to spend time together. I know that she could feel it too, I feel like she was in denial about it because of Patrick. I was hoping that somehow the two of them will find a way to each other in the end. I was sad that they didn’t get the happy ending that I was hoping for. By the end, I felt connected to the characters, especially to Tim and Duncan, the two of them became like part of my friends. By middle of the book, I felt all the emotions that they were feeling. They felt real to me.

Loved that point of view shifted between Duncan and Tim and fact that it took place at the same boarding school. At start I was curious why Tim wanted to share the story with him, besides the fact that he got his old room. Towards the end of the novel, it all made sense. Duncan felt responsible for what happened that day, to Tim, to Vanessa and through telling him the story, to let him know that what happened wasn’t his fault. I disliked Patrick from the start, mostly because of how he treated others, it felt like he did not care about others more that he did about himself and the game. His actions had me wondering is he actually cared about Vanessa, cause only time he seemed show her affection is when he saw Tim around, it was like he knew how to get under his skin. I don’t know what Vanessa saw in him in the first place. If it’s anyone fault what happened, it’s Patrick’s because it was his idea to begin with.

I couldn’t get enough of this story. Once I reached the ending, I was still thinking about the story afterwards and wondered what happened to everyone after. This was an unique story, beautifully written. A story that will have you on edge of your seat. I fell in love with it, there wasn’t anything that I didn’t enjoy. Astonishing and worth every page.


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