Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim's surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.
Jumping between viewpoints of the love-struck Tim and Duncan, a current senior about to uncover the truth of Tim and Vanessa, The Tragedy Paper is a compelling tale of forbidden love and the lengths people will go to keep their.
I read this over a month ago and, stupid me, didn't take notes. It wasn't very memorable for me. I did like the way Tim left the CD's for Duncan to listen to. The world building wasn't fantastic, but I got a good picture in my mind. I wasn't fond of Vanessa at all. Maybe because I was never that popular. She just pissed me off that she wouldn't be around Tim when others were around. And I thought Duncan was just a little too whiny for my taste. I did feel bad for Time. He knew he would never be popular or "get the girl" because he was albino. It must suck living your life that way.