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The Tragedy Paper

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  7,294 Ratings  ·  1,335 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
Library Binding, 320 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Holly Honestly, I don't think this is a must read. I went into it thinking that but the "tragedy" really isn't so much a tragedy as it is a mildly bad…moreHonestly, I don't think this is a must read. I went into it thinking that but the "tragedy" really isn't so much a tragedy as it is a mildly bad event. Very anticlimatic. The thing that kept me reading was waiting for that tragedy and the writing style of the whole book.(less)
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Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-e-book
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
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, finished-in-2012
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 #
Jun 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!

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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
Přesně tohle jsem očekávala od Greenovek, kde jsem to ale bohužel nenašla. Citlivý a dojemný příběh o tom, jak to dneska vypadá ve společnosti teenagerů. Rychle se to čte, hlavní hrdina je sympaťák, je to albín a celé je to takové dojemně tragické. Bavila jsem se od začátku do konce. A největší plus za Don't stop believin.

Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Ava 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
(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 liv
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
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, bookclub
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
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
Páni, momentálně nemám slov. Tahle kniha mě hodně zasáhla.

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Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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:
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
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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
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Habe das Buch nicht aus der Hand legen können und an einem Tag verschlungen. Es ist super gut geschrieben und sehr tiefgründig. Die Geschichte hat mich wirklich bewegt und zum nachdenken angeregt.
Polly Roth
I got really into The Tragedy paper, and consequently ended up speeding through its pages to get to the big reveal at the end. The entirety of the book is spent alluding to this "terrible tragedy" that changed the course of everything, and LaBan did a terrific job creating a need-to-know-what-happened-next type atmosphere. But I have to say, when I finally learned what the tragedy was, it was a major let down. First of all, one of the main characters Duncan spends all of the book feeling guilty ...more
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
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
Aug 07, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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. :)
Laura liest
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
es ist eine verdammt tragische Geschichte, die so wundervoll geschrieben ist und einem noch lange im Kopf bleiben wird!
Carly Roth
OH.MY.GOD. I can't believe how bad this book was. I came in with mediocre expectations, since both my sisters gave it a 3 or 4 star rating. If I had not been on a vacation and had other book options I would've ended it at 30%. I never got the vibe "Oh I just NEED to know what happens" I got the vibe "I honestly couldn't care less about what happens". The ending was the most disappointing thing ever! I mean, WHAT?!?! BOOOOOO that's what I say to the ending. I was trying to finish this book on the ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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 1
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally started reading this novel mostly due to the fact that the author, Elizabeth LaBan, was coming to our school and I was going to get a chance to go to a workshop during class (I did go, and it was really cool, for anyone who's wondering - Elizabeth LaBan is like, super nice). While I was reading it I heard mixed reviews from most of my friends. The overwhelming message I got from those reviews was that the book was okay - not great, not horrible, but fine. There was a lot of talk abo ...more
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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
Ashley (JaffaCaffa)
(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

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
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, ya
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
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