The Tragedy Paper
The Tragedy Paper
The Tragedy Paper
Elizabeth Laban
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 “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 secrets.

Book Details


  • Nonfiction

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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Tim, Vanessa, Duncan, three people so different but undoubtedly connected in a story full of secrets, heart ache, and sadness. The truth behind it all will keep you compelled to Tim Macbeth’s last semester as a senior- his final chance to start over in a new boarding school called Irving.  A simple stare at Vanessa Sheller the “it girl” will be all it takes for Tim to break his one and only rule, to keep to himself.  Bestowing a love story full of travesty; essentially changing the lives of everyone around the prestigious Irving school.

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