Title: The Tragedy Paper (Click on the link for the synopsis)
Author: Elizabeth Laban
Publisher/Publication Date: Knopf Books for Young Readers, January 8, 2013
Source/Format: Library, Hardback
Age Range: YA
“SOMETIMES IT’S HARD—IMPOSSIBLE, EVEN—TO KNOW HOW MUCH MAGNITUDE A CHOICE HOLDS UNTIL IT IS ALL OVER” (Laban, 246)
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban is a moving and thought-provoking YA novel. It captures many of the issues associated with coming of age such as relationships, self-esteem, choices, and underage drinking/prescription drug use.
The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Tim, an alumnus, and Duncan, a senior in high school. As a gift to Duncan, Tim left him CDs detailing his senior experience. Both characters were well-developed and dealt with self-esteem issues. I was moved by this story because Tim’s revelations about his senior year at the Irving Boarding School facilitated Duncan’s introspection and personal growth.
I recommend The Tragedy Paper, because it’s a YA novel with a unique storyline that has shifted away from the current trend.
I absolutely loved it. I would recommend it to everyone.
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