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.
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.
A neat spin on tragedy and tragic flaws set in a high school (boarding school) setting. This one was told in a unique fashion from the point of view of Duncan and the voice of Tim, who recorded a monologue for Duncan to listen to as a way of explaining the “tragic” events of the previous year.
I enjoyed the setting of a high school that almost seemed like college. Likeable characters and unlikeable ones so that was a good mixture. It had a well balanced blend of romance and suspense in a very realistic way.
Definitely didn’t want to put this one down!! In fact, my husband and son had to wait for me to finish before we left the in-law’s house. 🙂
This twisted plot caught me by surprise. I thought I had something figured out, but my prediction was not right! 🙂
4 out of 5 stars
Much appreciation to Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this one!