Saturday, December 8, 2018

Review: The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

The Tragedy Paper
Cover Source: GoodReads
Title: The Tragedy Paper 
Author: Elizabeth LaBan
Version Reviewed: Finished Audiobook
I borrowed this audiobook from my local library.

GoodReads Synopsis:
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 wasn't too sure what to expect from The Tragedy Paper as I was completely unfamiliar with the author and still am honestly. But I do know one thing about Elizabeth LaBan. She's can tell a darn good story.

The alternating story lines of Tim and Duncan were absolutely amazing and worked so well for this particular story. Tim's story was heartbreaking in the ways that he felt about himself and how the world treated him because he was different. It was so sad yet inspiring to follow along with his budding relationship / friendship with Vanessa and how their two worlds collided and affected everyone around them.

Duncan's story was also a great one. A seemingly average boy, starting a new school year, a crush, and memories of a terribly tragedy that befell his peers, through listening to Tim's story, learns a little more about himself, life, love, school, and The Tragedy Paper.

With romance, heartbreak, angst, and amazing characters, it was a great mix of Thirteen Reasons Why and Looking For Alaska.

I definitely recommend this book to fans of John Green.

Rating: 5 Stars

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