First love and heartbreak causing personal tragedies. The 17-year old albino Tim Macbeth recently moved to the prestigious private Irving School, where the motto is, “Enter here to be and find a friend.” Tim doesn’t want to be noticed at all and doesn’t expect to find a friend either. Having missed an airplane he meets a girl, Vanessa Sheller. Tim’s mother pays the hotel stay for her son. Throwing snow balls, fantasies and a growing interest in each other set the tone for the next chapters. Then the misery. Vanessa has a boyfriend that doesn’t want to be another boy messing with his girlfriend.
After that the book turns into telling stories from two alternating viewpoints. Tim, love-struck, tragic, and Duncan, a current senior, who step by step uncovers the truth behind Tim and Vanessa’s love story and will produce a great thesis, (Tragedy Paper in Irving School). The Tragedy Paper is a compelling tale of clandestine love and how much lovers are willing to sacrifice to keep their secrets. Laban borrowed Tim’s surname from Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s most tragic characters, certainly no coincidence. While not a classic tragedy in literary sense, young adults, wrestling to recuperate from broken first love(s) will relate to this story.
About the Author
Elizabeth LaBan worked at NBC News, taught at a community college, and has written for several magazines and newspapers. The Tragedy Paper is her first young adult novel. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.
I received an advance review copy through Netgalley in order to read and write my personal review.