“i absolutely loved this very fast YA read. set in a New England prep school, figurative and literal outsider Tim Macbeth (an albino grade 12 student) arrives at this sprawling academic institution for the last 3/4 of his senior year. his story of love and tragedy is told through a series of CDs he left behind in his room as a gift to the next senior who would be taking over his room - Duncan - who happened to be a part of the tragedy that happened a year earlier. the narrative moves forward through Duncan's present day life at Irving Academy and Tim's past. great book! ”Randy S wrote this review Sunday, March 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is an outstanding YA lit book. The author made the unusual choice to have a double-narrated story, told by two different senior boys, without any content that would be inappropriate for a school library. This is an excellently written edge-of-your-seat tale of first love.”Lisa Levin wrote this review Friday, March 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read this for book club. It was sold as a "fans of John Green" book. People in the group called it 13 Reasons Why meets Looking for Alaska, except that both of those books were way better than this one. It was not very well written, included unnecessary details, and didn't have very likable characters. We were left wondering about many things, and all in all it was not what we were hoping for. ”bekahboo wrote this review Thursday, February 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Tragedy Paper is set in elite Irving School and centers around two 17-year-old boys: Duncan and Tim, an albino. Beautifully narrated trough two very different points of view, Elizabeth LaBan shows us what are young adults capable of doing to be accepted.
"A tragedy is a play or literary work in which the main character - that would be the tragic hero - suffers greatly and is brought to ruin. Usually this suffering and ruin come about because of the main character's own flaw or weakness and his or her inability to deal with the lot he or she has been given."
Duncan is a typical, marginal student: never part of the popular crowd, shy around girls. His problems revolve about correcting embarrassing, tragic mistakes he made last year and hooking up with the girl he likes. I didn't enjoy reading about Duncan very much, I thought he was too dramatic and exaggerating things. His problems looked so trivial, especially compared to Tim.
Tim was to me a real star of The Tragedy Paper. I never read any book before where main (or side) characters is albino and I was shocked to read about all the problems they have blending into normal life. Of course, I was aware about people staring and that they are probably avoided or teased a lot, but I didn't know about health issues albino's have. Like, for example, that they have eyes sensitive to light and have to wear sunglasses or they can go blind.
Chapter alternate between Duncan and Tim and I could not get to the next chapter about Tim fast enough... Although this book is not the genre I usually read, it was a real page-turner to me and I devoured it in a day. Still, I was annoyed a lot because I thought that Tim's and Duncan's actions and choices were stupid most of the time and that they sacrificed too much to get approval from the popular crowd. This is one of the reasons why I don't read ya contemporary books, I usually can't relate to characters or their decisions.
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan was intense, beautifully written, emotional, tragic story about growing up. Although it was not my cup of tea, I would recommend buying this to young adults (male and female) to show them that being accepted by popular crowd is not the most important thing in the world.
I recommend this book to fans of: young adult contemporary novels with school setting and male main characters. Be warned, the romance/love story although exists, is not main focus of this book.”
“I thought the book started a little slow, but really turned out to be a good read. It was a story that pulled me in just like the DVDs pulled in Duncan. I wanted to know what happened to Tim and Vanessa.”Anita Teel wrote this review Friday, March 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book sort of fizzled for me. A coming-of-age prep school novel, I kept turning the pages to reach the "bug surprise" but wasn't all that wowed when the end finally arrived. The structure of the novel was interesting - last year's senior talking to this year's senior through CD's left behind - but the transitions were often awkward and felt superfluous at times.
All that said, for a debut novel, the writing was sound and the ability to create suspense kept the pages turning. Unfortunately, the ends never fully justified the means.”
“Started out with lots of promise, but the story fizzled out. I just could not care about the characters. For one thing, both of the main characters kept making one really bad decision after another.”Armenator wrote this review Monday, February 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read the back of the book for a compelling booktalk”Lori E wrote this review Wednesday, February 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A tale of first love, uncertainty, coming of age, and tragedy. The title itself is foreboding enough, leaving the reader filled with dread as the inevitable approaches. The wait is beguiling and nearly unbearable, yet proves to be far worse than the climax itself, which is far too soft for all of the build-up. This book was entertaining and entrancing for most of the way... the ending let me, and ulimately the storyline, down. ”Eric S wrote this review Tuesday, February 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked the dual narration between Duncan and Tim. I appreciated the author keeping the "senior game" of Tim's senior year secret and piqued the readers' interest, though I found the ending slightly anticlimactic. This book is well written, however, and full of realistic moments that provide insight to the characters' beings. ”JAM wrote this review Sunday, February 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No