Friday, April 18, 2014

Tragedy Paper

ISBN: 0375870407
Pages: 312

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.

Hey everyone! Today I'm finally bringing you guys my review of Tragedy Paper! I first picked this book up because I saw one of my favorite book bloggers: Evie Seo haul it on her Instagram and she received so many comments about how good it was. So out of curiosity, I picked it up and Oh My Freaking Gods. 

At Irving School, the Tragedy Paper is quite possibly every senior's worst nightmare. The story opens with Duncan as our narrator and dives into his fears of senior year. He's excited to see where his new room will be and what gift the former resident left him. Much to his dismay, he finds himself in the small attic room that belonged to Tim Macbeth, the albino kid from last year. His gift, a stack of CDs. Against his better judgement, Duncan inserts the first CD into his computer and begins to listen. He gets the shock of his life when he hears Tim's voice telling him: This is the best present you'll ever receive, here's your Tragedy Paper. (Paraphrased)

Tragedy Paper alternates between Duncan in present day listening to Tim's CDs, and Tim who tells the story through the CDs. 

Let's start with Tim. Words cannot express the feels I felt when reading through Tim's perspective. He's a young boy who has been viewed as different from the moment he was born. His mom and step-dad both love him very much, but they have this distance between them that just can't be crossed. When he journeys to Irving, he meets up with Vanessa, a girl who completely blows his mind away. They're on total opposites of the social ladder, but there's an attraction between them. When Tim arrives at Irving, his goal is to stay under the radar as much as possible (and catch glimpses of Vanessa). Their relationship is forbidden, but every time they meet up, it's just so freaking beautiful.

Moving on to Duncan. Duncan is kind of blown away by the fact that Tim is essentially pouring his heart out and it is absolutely mind blowing what he does. Duncan basically lives his life through Tim's, making sure that he doesn't make the same mistakes that Tim did with his life. Like Tim, Duncan has a love interest at Irving and her name's Daisy. Unlike Tim, they can actually be together. One of my favorite parts in Duncan's POV was when he began to share Tim's CDs with Daisy because she didn't understand why he was locking himself away every single day. That simple act of reaching out and sharing Tim's gift was just so freaking adorable. In many ways, Tim's gift allowed Duncan to grow and live his senior year to its fullest.

This book is really freaking amazing. Through Tim's story, Duncan learns from Tim's mistakes and aims for himself to be a better person. There's just so much growth in Duncan from the beginning of the book that it's really amazing. You can also hear the wisdom and life that flows through Tim's perspective. I can literally almost hear him narrating it, the writing is just so flawless and touching. I can't begin to describe how much I truly loved this book, just go read it...because it's really good, it'll blow your mind away (Yes, I know I've used that phrase multiple times already), and it's really good. Seriously, go read it...GO :) Okay bye~

Now, go forth and spread beauty and light~

4.5 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

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