# 1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner is already a fan, hailing it as “A beguiling and beautifully written tale of first love and heartbreak.” The Tragedy Paper launches us into the competitive world of a New York state private boarding school (inspired by the Hackley School) filled with forbidden love, tenuous friendship, and secrets.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Elizabeth LaBan’s stunning new novel (which I haven’t read, but sounds like Dead Poety Society!!!) unfolds from two alternating viewpoints: Tim, the love-struck new kid, and Duncan, a current senoir, who uncovers the truth behind Tim and Vanessa’s story and will consequently produce the greatest Tragedy Paper in living history.
I don’t know how well you actually knew Vanessa, but she’s the only other person in the world who has a copy of these CD’s, and I have no way of knowing if she will listen to them or has listened. I hope so. Or maybe I hope not. But let me say one important thing I would bet money you didn’t expect and then I will leave you to your senior year: what you are about to hear – the words, the music, my downfall, as well as your perceived or actual role in it – will serve you better than you ever could have imagined. Basically, I am giving you the best gift, the best treasure, you could ask for. I am giving you the meat of your Tragedy Paper.
Welcome to the Irving School,where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend” – though Tim Macbeth’s expectations are not that high. A 17 year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious private school, all Tim really wants to do is make it through his senior year unnoticed. But despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of the most popular guy on campus. To Tim’s surprise, Vanessa is into him, too – though she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone finds out. Looming in the background of their clandestine relationship is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior thesis that’s assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher. Suspense builds with the alternating perspective of Duncan, a current Irving senior, as he uncovers the truth behind Tim and Vanessa’s story, consequently producing the greatest Tragedy Paper in the school’s history.
In a starred review, Booklist raved, “Debut novelist LaBan takes us into the private school culture as well as the heads of two charming yet very different teenage boys and their parallel love stories…Nonexistent parents, well-intentioned, likeable faculty on the periphery, elaborate dorm rooms with overstuffed closets, even the romantic, snow-covered campus all contribute to a setting that adds to the story’s heft and intrigue.” Fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and Looking for Alaska will love THE TRAGEDY PAPER (Alfred A. Knopf; $17.99; January 8, 2013), a compelling tale of forbidden love, tenuous friendship, and the lengths people will go to keep their secrets.
To pre-order your own copy of The Tragedy Paper, which comes out January 8, 2013 for $11.50, visit Amazon.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Elizabeth LaBan worked at NBC News, taught 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.
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Disclosure: This product sent to me in exchange to be featured in my 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. This book will be donated to a local Michigan charity.