Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Review: The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
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.
This book is an interesting one. I must say I was fascinated with it and needed to know what happened next to the point where I couldn't put it down however I wasn't blown away but it either in the end.
The story is very much that of Tim an albino teenager who went to a boarding school near New York. His story is told via a series of CDs he leaves in his own room for Duncan a student in the year below him who takes over his room and it plots the things that happened to him over the previous year.
I won't go into too much detail about what happens but I found myself hooked completely on the story. I just needed to know what happened next with Tim and found myself needing to read more and more and I got annoyed with Duncan every time he stopped listening to the CDs for a while. The Story telling is really captivating and the plot was really engaging however by the end I was hoping for more.
All in all an interesting read which I enjoyed.