When the great folks at Engelman & Co. offered me a copy of this new young adult novel, I was first drawn in by the fact Jennifer Weiner blurbed it.
And then I was sold when I saw it was compared to John Green's Looking for Alaska and Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why.
Two of my favorite novels ever.
I was so in.
And the best part? The novel didn't disappoint.
The Tragedy Paper is a tradition in Senior English at The Irving School, a private boarding school in New England. The novel centers two seniors - a year part - first from the perspective of Tim, the outcast albino student who graduates first, and Duncan, the junior who then inherits his room the following year - and his story. As with any young adult novel, there is romance and yearning, emotional turmoil and yes, tragedy, but oh, it's written so well....it's told so beautifully...and you can't put it down.
No, seriously. I couldn't put it down. Not until I knew the end, not until I knew everything about Tim and his story, and how it involved Duncan.
I loved the setting of the boarding school....the use of snow throughout...the intertwining voices of the characters and their perspectives...the concept of the tragedy paper...everything.
This is one of those novels that makes me want to be a full time reader, a full time writer, a full time book reviewer - this is one of those novels that restores my faith in between all the "eh" novels I read, and the downright crappy ones.
Because this is is a great read, whether you are a young adult, an adult, or something in between.
Go. Read. Now. :-)
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