Review of The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban |Fiction Friday|

The real tragedy is that I thought tragedy was spelled “tradgedy”…

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.” (From Goodreads)

Rating: 3.75/5 Crowns

Comparable Book(s): Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The Review

Over all, I’m glad I read The Tragedy Paper. It gave me the opportunity to read from the unique perspective of an albino. The book isn’t entirely about Tim’s albinoism but it definitely affects his personality. It turned him into an outcast. It also made me feel more connected to Tim because I just wanted him to feel loved and accepted. That said, I didn’t connect to any other character except Tim. While I didn’t dislike the others, I also didn’t care about them.

The Irving school was also interesting to read about. School is a common setting in contemporary YA but Irving has a lot of tradition tied to it that make it special. For example, the secret compartment in Tim’s room, the senior games and the “treasure” are all apart of it’s history. There seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding the school as well. The main mystery being what happened during the senior game? And how did it impact Tim, Vanessa and Duncan?

However, once the big “tragedy” is revealed, it’s underwhelming. In my opinion what happened during the senior games wasn’t a tragedy. From that point in the book and forward, I was left with feelings of “Oh, that’s it?”. What happened was unfortunate but, in my humble opinion, not tragic.

I felt mislead because it seemed like Duncan would have a much bigger role in the tragedy. (SPOILER: he didn’t.)

I also think that Vanessa is too “manic pixie dream girl” for my liking. In some ways it seemed like Tim only wants her because she’s the popular girl who would never fall for the albino. Vanessa acts especially “manic pixie” when we first meet her at the airport. What kind of person – notably, a young girl traveling alone – gets a hotel room with a stranger? Maybe I’m paranoid but I think that’s a dangerous idea.

Multiple times Tim says that “the rules don’t apply” to them simply because she stays in the hotel room with him, orders breakfast for dinner, etc. It’s all very “manic pixie”, for lack of a better term.

We also don’t know much about Vanessa. We know that she has siblings and likes snow and wears one bright color every day but that’s it. It’s like she’s there for the sole purpose of giving Tim a romantic interest and changing his life. Her aspirations, hobbies – any part of her personality that doesn’t involve liking Tim – don’t come up.

I know it sounds like I didn’t like the book, but I was going to give it a 4.5/5 up until the reveal of the “tragedy” occurred. I really enjoyed the idea of the plot, but some of the execution fell flat for me. I’d recommend it to those who liked Thirteen Reasons Why and to anyone interested in reading about an albino character.

If you’ve read The Tragedy Paper, let me know what you thought about it!

– Queen Celine

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Top Ten Books On My Syllabus If I Taught “Fluffy Contemporary YA 101” – Top Ten Tuesday

It’s more like a Top Five Tuesday for me this week but shhhhh, it’s okay.


Fluffy Contemporary YA 101

1. To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All The Boys I've Loved before

2. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

P.S I Still Love You

3. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

5. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

TSPOLAFS

I would love to hear about all of your picks for this Top Ten Tuesday (a bookish meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish).

Books I’m Bringing to College |Fiction Friday – Discussion|

My Freshman year of College starts very soon (in about a month) and I’m equal parts excited and nervous. I know I’m going to be busy with adjusting to classes and my roommate and being in an entirely different state, but a girls gotta read amiright? Of course I am!

I’ve split the books into two different categories: books with relatable characters and books with worlds where I can hide. I’m not going to have a ton of space due to the joys of  living in a tiny dorm so I’m doing my best to keep the selection short.

Relatable Characters

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Hideaway Worlds

  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
  • The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

I’m going to have to narrow it down but in an ideal world, that’s what I’d take with me. For all of you college bound, or if you’re currently in college or if you’ve finished college, let me know what books you’d bring!

– Queen Celine

Top Ten Fairytale Retellings – Top Ten Tuesday

Read

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Sci-Fi retelling of Cinderella

2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - Sci-fi retelling of Red Ridinghood
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Sci-Fi retelling of Red Riding Hood

3. Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer - Sci-Fi retelling of Repunzel
Cress by Marissa Meyer – Sci-Fi retelling of Repunzel

4. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Till We Have Faces
Till We Have Faces by C.S Lewis – Retelling of the greek myth of Cupid and Psyche

Want To Read

5. Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer - Sci-Fi Retelling of Snow White
Winter by Marissa Meyer – Sci-Fi retelling of Snow White

6. Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Fairest by Marissa Meyer - Sci-Fi retelling of The Evil Queen
Fairest by Marissa Meyer – Sci-Fi retelling of The Evil Queen

7. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter - Apocalyptic retelling of Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter – Apocalyptic retelling of Alice in Wonderland

8. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - New Adult Fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast...with fairies?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – New Adult Fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast…with fairies?

9. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Summer of Chasing Mermaids
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler – Contemporary YA retelling of The Little Mermaid

10. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Scarlet by A.C. Guaghen - Fantasy retelling of Robin Hood
Scarlet by A.C. Guaghen – Fantasy retelling of Robin Hood

I would love to hear about all of your picks for this Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish).