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The Tragedy Paper

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  4,735 ratings  ·  995 reviews
Perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and Looking for Alaska, Jennifer Weiner, #1 New York Times bestselling author, calls Elizabeth LaBan’s The Tragedy Paper “a beguiling and beautifully written tale of first love and heartbreak.”

It follows the story of Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “
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Library Binding, 320 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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♥Rachel♥
3.5 Stars

The Tragedy Paper is not my usual type of read but something about the synopsis drew me in. I was affected by this story, but in a mixed way. I guess this is to be expected when this tale revolves around the re-telling of a tragic event involving two students, Tim an albino and social outsider and Vanessa, the popular and pretty girl.

Duncan is entering into his senior year at The Irving, a boarding school in New York. He’s trying to forget an event from the last year, which he had a pa
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Newengland
THE TRAGEDY PAPER's focus is a love triangle between 17-year-olds at a boarding school. What makes it a rarity in the YA field is how "clean" it is. Anyone reading YA these days knows that, as a genre, young adult literature has grown up and skewed strongly toward more adult themes, language, and issues. Not so with Elizabeth Laban's debut novel. The book is wall to wall free of profanity or R-rated acts of any sort. It's just a straight-out, old-fashioned love story -- with a few quirks.

Quirk #
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Lauren
As the contemporary lover I am, I ADORED this book! The boarding school setting was great. The characters were beautifully fleshed out and compelling. The plot was full of twists and turns and suspense. Basically, this book had it all and a whole lot more!

Official Review:

When I originally heard about The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LeBan, I instantly added it to my wish list. It sounded like an emotional and compelling story. Better yet, I had been hearing some comparisons of it to books by John
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Rheo3000
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Renee

This is hard to tell but the first word I have is PROFOUND. I know there isnt anyone who reads this that will not be completely blown away. The situations and the story is pretty complex and dare I say tragic. There is a part when Tim answers to Mr Simon, the English teacher, that he didn't know id he meant tragic in the literary sense. That was like boom BIG reveal. You will get what happens next. They say you give five 5 yes 5 stars to a book that leaves you thinking, maybe laughing, maybe cry
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Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

Even though this book sat on my shelf for over a year and even though I felt pinch of guilt for not reading it, now when I finally read it I regret nothing! The day I picked up this book and started reading it was better than any before it.

Reason for that lay in the fact that after a whole semester of reading and discussing Shakespeare I was ready to understand all the jokes here, together with all the concepts and themes presented in his works that could b
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oceana
ARC supplied by NetGalley and Knopf Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.

Stopped at around page sixty.

What I read of THE TRAGEDY PAPER wasn't terrible. It wasn't bad. It wasn't infuriating. It was just tremendously uninteresting and dull, and that's the worst type of novel - the type where you have nothing to say about it, because there wasn't anything unique, or noticeable, or even angering.

Because you can't look away from horrendous books, as hard as you may try. It's sti
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Best
(This review is also posted on B's Book Blog!)

2.5 stars

Sometimes it's hard, impossible even, to know how much magnitude a choice holds until it is all over.


Duncan Meade enters the Irving School a senior this year. As a school tradition, each senior gets their own dorm room without having to share it with anyone. On the first day of school, each senior will go to the senior hall and find their room; and in the room, there will be "treasures" left behind for them from the previous senior who live
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Kristin
It's possible that John Green has ruined me for all other YA books.

The Tragedy Paper isn't plot driven nor is it a character driven book. If anything, it's concept driven and unfortunately, both the plot and characters suffer because of it.

Duncan is a high school senior at a prestigious boarding school and has traumatizing memories of the events of the previous year. The previous inhabitant of his bedroom, one of last years seniors, Tim, has left him a stack of CDs in which he narrates the eve
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
LaBan's The Tragedy Paper is contemplative and academic, sure to appeal to readers looking for a meatier, slower-paced read. It's a strange sort of book, though one that certainly has some good company. Though I didn't exactly fly through The Tragedy Paper or become caught up in the characters, I really enjoyed reading it, curious to find out what had happened during the previous year at the Irving School.

There's a whole subset of young adult fiction about boarding schools. Something about them
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Lisa
The fact that I managed to trudge my way through to the end of this novel is more a testament to my misguided faith in the rave reviews this book received than the book itself. Something like that little train going up the hill, I just continued to assure myself that things would get better because so many readers gave it 5 stars! That means it must get better, right? Sadly, no.
So, here is my review and yes, this review contains spoilers. Here is my spoiler alert: there isn’t much to spoil. The
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Jessica
In the last few years, John Green has kind of become the king of contemporary “realistic” teen fiction. I mean, just look at the furor caused by The Fault In Our Stars. It’s so popular that anyone who dares post a negative review on this site is descended upon by hordes of angry fans who don’t get that someone else not liking something doesn’t have to invalidate your own enjoyment of it.

I love John Green as much as anyone else, but his books often contain many of the same young-adulty elements:
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Sara
I could make some puns about "the real tragedy of this book is blah blah blah" or "how tragic that bloopity bloop de bloop" but honestly? There's nothing in Elizabeth LaBan's "The Tragedy Paper" that hasn't been covered with more depth of feeling and a better sense of the struggles of young adults in works like "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "Looking for Alaska" or "Catcher in the Rye" for that matter.

Here we have the story of Tim MacBeth the unnecessarily albino recent transfer to the un
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Sandra
Apr 09, 2013 Sandra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All teens everywhere and those who love YA.
Recommended to Sandra by: Netgalley
This review can also be found on My Fiction Nook.

"Enter here to be and find a friend."

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when requesting this ARC on Netgalley, but the summary was intriguing, and I was hoping for a bit of YA fare that was different than most.

And boy, did Elizabeth LaBan deliver. In an exceptional debut novel, she explores the theme of tragedy in both literary and emotional contexts. What is tragedy? How is it defined, and is it possible that one person's tragedy is another pers
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
After racing through this book today I have some mixed emotions about "The Tragedy Paper." On one hand, I really enjoyed it. The way the story was told was innovative and refreshing. The basic premise of the story is a 17 year old boarding school student receives a set of CDs hidden in his new room at school. The CDs tell the story of the former tenant of his room, a lonely albino student enthralled with a popular girl, and the "tragedy" that befell them. The writing of the book was very compell ...more
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
I can't even tell you how much I loved this book. Without a doubt it's in the top 10 books for 2013. I was so emotionally invested in the characters and the story. The writing is amazing, there is so much emotion throughout! There were tears a few times as well. It's just THAT good. I highly recommend this title to any and all comtemp fans everywhere. Full review to follow.
Mics *amante de los spoilers*
Reseña: 2.5

Bueno tenía muchas ganas de leer este libro y estoy enamorada de la portada pero tengo que admitir que no fue lo que esperaba. No digo que sea malo y tampoco me arrepiento de haberlo leído pero las primeras 100 paginas me encantaron, no podía parar de leer y quería saber que pasaría a continuación pero en las ultimas 100 (el libro tiene 200 paginas) sentí que fue decayendo, se me hicieron tediosas y ya me lo quería sacar de encima.

Este libro me hizo acordar a The Fault in Our Stars o
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ℳarion (the lazy reviewer)
It's so complicated to express my feeling toward The Tragedy Paper. To be honest it's the kind of book I generally love. Very simple, no glitz or nonsense things, strong characters, well written and it holds you until the very end. But that very end happens at the very far of the book. As much as you wonder: what was the point?

"Enter here to be and find a friend"

In the first day of his senior year in Irving School, Duncan finds in his bedroom a pile of CDs from Tim Macbeth. A year ago Tim, a 17
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Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Tim Macbeth is a bright teenager who has a lot going for him, except for the fact that socially he feels he doesn't fit in since he is an albino. His stepfather, an Irving School alumni, tells Tim that he would fit in at Irving School and convinces him to attend for his senior year since he isn't happy at his current school. This works well for Tim's family since his parents are in the process of moving. On his way to Irving School in New York, Tim finds himself practically stranded at the airpo ...more
Alli
1.5 stars

I was so close to just barely liking this book! But even then, it was a slow and extremely boring read. The concept of tragedy could have been so heart-breaking, but no, readers are left with watered-down characters and the most uneventful plot ever. I was left having no feelings for any of the characters, none of whom had any depth. With the premise of the novel centralized around literary tragedy, this novel could have been one of those emotionally draining, world-changing stories! Bu
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Dianne
As part of an ongoing tradition, every year, the previous tenant of a private high school dorm room leaves something "special" behind for the next student. Senior Tim Macbeth was a 17-year-old albino who had been at the prestigious Irving School for only his last semester. His legacy to Duncan, who now has his room was a series of CDs telling his story of love, loss and growth during his time at Irving. Duncan, having been a part of Tim's story became completely engrossed and spent much of his t ...more
Matt
2.5/5

from the beginning, those first 100 pages or so, they really grab you. honest. for sure, this was going to be a 4/5 book. then i kept reading. now, that's the end of the praise.

blend "the outsiders" with "that was then, this is now". okay? now blend "13 reasons why" with "looking for alaska". got that? okay. so now, what i need you to do is mix "ethan frome" and "a seperate peace" with "dead poets' society".

cool. ready? alright... now be mediocre.

be mediocre in your inventiveness, story arc
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bjneary
Wow, this book was highly recommended by my friend, Randi and is on the PA Young Reader's Choice List this year. For high school English teachers and senior students this book has everything to keep you riveted; there is a love triangle, senior English classes, books, assignments (writing style and elements), Shakespeare, and high school drama. But what I really liked was Elizabeth LaBan's writing and how she told the story through a current senior, Duncan, who is also listening to CDs left espe ...more
Elise Jey
3,5*
Tohle je jedna z těch krásných, poetických knih, které jsou svým způsobem výjimečné a neopakovatelné. Možná mě tato nepohltila tolik jako jiné, ale i tak to pro mě byl krásný čtenářský zážitek. :)
Ashley
(First off I'm writing this super late so apologies for any grammar mistakes.)

2.5 Stars: This book definitely wasn't horrible, but it wasn't as gripping and emotional impacting as I had hoped. The relationships in this book were very unhealthy. It almost reminded me of (500) Days of Summer, where it seems to be romantic and lovely from a distance, but you quickly realize the obsessiveness and unhealthy relationships the characters have.

I liked the fact that Tim was albino and had to deal with th
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Emma
On Duncan’s first day as a senior at Irving School, a boarding school in New York State, he’s disappointed that he’s been assigned what is clearly the worst room on the floor. Not to mention that the former occupant was the weird albino kid, Tim, who only reminds Duncan of the unfortunate events of last winter that still haunt him. Every year, seniors leave a treasure for next years seniors in their room, and Duncan’s is a clear disappointment: nothing but CD’s. But Duncan’s treasure actually pr ...more
Becky
At the Irving School, the Tragedy Paper is the big senior project, in which students are required to define tragedy and discuss it in terms of some literary work. At the Irving School, incoming seniors are greeted with treasures left by the previous occupants of their dorm room. At the Irving School, "randomly-selected" seniors plan and host an elaborate game that is both a way of sending out their class and setting up the junior class to continue the tradition. At the Irving School, a curse for ...more
The Rusty Key
Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer Jordan B. Nielsen

Recommended for: Both boys and girls ages 12 and Up. Though the story features two male protagonists there is nothing in the plot or characters that would make this story particularly alienating to girls. And though the main characters are both seniors in high school, there is no sexuality or vulgarity to speak of, only a minimal amount of downplayed teenage drinking.

One Word Summary: Unsound.

The immediate and obvious sense of The Tragedy Paper is t
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Brenda
When Duncan arrived for his senior year at the prestigious Irving School, he knew things would be different from his previous year. For a start the seniors got special privileges, with them having rooms of their own, though with a shared bathroom. There was also a special tradition which continued every year, where the previous occupier of the room left a ‘treasure’ for the new senior. This treasure could be anything from a slice of old pizza, to a double pass to the movies, or a voucher to a re ...more
J
Jan 15, 2013 J rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High school students
Shelves: my-favs
Mesmerizing, compelling, brilliant, and haunting----a tragedy in a literary sense and a tragedy on a personal level. After reading this story, I am convinced that we write our own tragedy paper----the seconds, minutes, hours and days that compose our lives and the choices of magnitude we make everday, all day which affect those we care about the most. But One's tragedy paper does not have to end on a solemn note, leaving One with issues of guilt if the Author is willing to identify his or her ow ...more
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