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The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid kThe fact that I managed to trudge my way through to the end of this novel is 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 terrible tragedy that we are waiting for is well not much of a tragedy and the part our main character plays in making this awful thing happen is pretty much nonexistent The book description compared this to Looking for Alaska and 13 Reasons Why Seriously Let s see it takes place at a boarding school and the main character listens to some recordings of another character s story Oh yeah and it is about teens and is a book I assume the comparisons are drawn in part because the story attempts to build suspense toward a dreaded event that wenow is coming But it is just not anywhere close to being in the same league Frankly comparing it to either borders on false advertisement The best thing about this book is the concept of the Tragedy Paper assignment That was actually a great idea for a novel just not this one Or maybe this one after a few drafts preferably with natural dialog a fleshed out storyline with some actual things happening and a lot character development And when I say character development I am not suggesting analysis of motives or personality traits from the unrealistically self aware characters themselves I did laugh out loud a few times but I don t think the author was trying to be funny it just happened My favorite part was how blown away one boy was that the girl he had not seen since school ended for the summer Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys knew that it had been three months since they saw one another and predicted if that happened again gasp they would not meet again until December He uickly calculated the timing It had been three months and yes it would be December in three months He was amazed that she had that information so available Wow Amazing Almost exactly as amazing as this book This is hard to tell but the first word I have is PROFOUND Inow 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 now 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 crying but this left me hopeful Sometimes even a senior can get it really make a choice and understand what that choice meansI feel so blessed to get ARC s and blog this is such an honor for me and I wish I could meet the author I will say that the book description in my opinion is not accurate I did my own edit It is released in Jan and then I will come back and add my uotes from my clippings Now if I did it would ruin it Let me tell you I totally GOT itMy versionTim Macbeth is a
17 year old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving year old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving where the motto is Enter here to be and find a friend Tim has never been comfortable with his appearance and he really understands that people are staring and looking but in a good way they are curious not making fun or thinking he is a in a good way they are curious not making fun or thinking he is a When his Mom and Step Dad who loves Tim like he is his own Son decide that they will move to Italy and Tim will have one GREAT senior year at his Alma mater Irving There is a huge snow storm and at the airport he meet Vanessa She treats him so totally normal that when he says he has a room she goes across to the hotel with him and for the first time Tim is not albino he is just Tim She tells him she is going to Irving he can t bring himself to tell her he is going too He nows she has a boyfriend Patrick not a fan of his Tim and Vanessa enter into a clandestine relationship but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper
Irving S Version Of A s version of a year thesis assigned by the school s least forgiving teacherThe story unfolds from two alternating viewpoints Tim the tragic love struck figure and Duncan a current senior who uncovers the truth behind Tim s story Tim gave Duncan the story As ritual and traditions are tested the story takes a few turns in the last 13 that blows my mind Tim and Vanessa s story is told and the entire truth is revealed Can Duncan produce the greatest Tragedy Paper in Irving s history 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 Official ReviewWhen 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 Green and Jay Asher two of my favorite YA authors Thankfully The Tragedy Paper was a beautifully written and well executed coming of age that has landed Elizabeth LeBan on my authors to watch listThe first aspect of this book that I enjoyed was the way in which it was told Elizabeth LeBan intertwines the stories of Duncan and Tim by using third person POV for Duncan and voice recordingThirteen Reasons Why style for Tim At first I was worried that it wouldn t work for the book that I wouldn t be able to get a clear picture of everything occurring However as the story progressed this method become one of my favorite parts Elizabeth beautifully combined their stories switching back and forth at the most perfect of moments She also did a great job of fleshing out their stories on their own as well as bringing them together as one and while Tim s story was my favorite Duncan story was enjoyable as wellMoving on I really enjoyed the characters in this one Duncan and Tim were boys who at the surface appear to be very different but at the. El Trabajo de Tim cuenta la historia de Tim Macbeth un chico albino de diecisiete años ue comienza a asistir a la Irving School Tim no tiene ningún interés en hacer amigos pero un día conoce a Vanessa la chica más guapa del instituto y novia. .
Elizabeth LaBan ☆ 3 reviewD that don t have magic from the archw DNF 25%Dull as dishwater and I like my water far interesting Annoying narrative voice and characters that were gray pale gray and light gray 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 Life Changing Smiles knows that as a genre young adult literature has grown up and skewed strongly toward 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 uirksuirk 1 It starts and circles back like SE Hinton s THE OUTSIDERS for no other reason than according to the afterword Hinton s book another clean read thanks to the era it was written is one of Laban s favoritesuirk 2 The protagonist is an albino This reminded me of Palascio s WONDER in a way Obviously the characters here are much older but still Tim Macbeth Iid you not stands out like a white light that draws stares from all around He is another case of a marked man in the lead against all oddsuirk 3 THE TRAGEDY PAPER is a book within a book It s mostly about Tim s love for a girl named Vanessa who happens to be attached to that predictable YA staple the most handsome and athletic popular jock in the school here named Patrick But Tim s entire narrative is told THIRTEEN REASONS WHY like via tape CDs in this case The listener A new senior named Duncan again I Innocent Sins (Harlequin Presents, kid you not a year on the heels of the triangular leads who listens to the recordings because he happens to get Tim s room from the fateful year before Neatly enough he like Tim has a romantic interest he is pursuinguirk 4 The book seems to be contemporary yet reflects little of its time in history and how modern teens lifestyles are today At one point up early in the morning one character uses the line Time to make the doughnuts as a joke What 17 year old would understand THAT allusion I wondered The Dunkin Donuts commercial came out in the 80s More strangely still I think cell phones are mentioned once and one big event in the novel a secret outing planned by Patrick is advertised via handwritten posters over a series of days This jars in an almost anachronistic way Whatids that age would bother with such an old school labor intensive and clearly dangerous if you don t want to be discovered method of announcing a party Does the word texting mean nothing to this bookuirk 5 The Tragedy Paper an assignment from the English teacher Mr Simon plays a minor role throughout You Only a Whisper keep expecting it to somehow play a larger role but no The only connection is that by definition both book and assignment are tragedies Nothing earth shaking thereOverall the book scored high marks for its earnestness and flowing style Is it in the upper tier of boarding school books Hardly And it loses steam toward the end where it meets an almost anti climactic end Still the narrative pulls you along and you wonder as much as Duncan does how all of Tim s troubles will pull together In the end and ironically enough I felt as if the book needed a tragic end than it got Weird huh Nevertheless I admired Laban for what she accomplished here and think many students from middle school and up will agree This review is also posted on B s Book Blog25 stars Sometimes it s hard impossible even tonow 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 lived there Duncan has one fear he is afraid to find out if the smallest room in th ARC supplied by NetGalley and Knopf Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review Stopped at around page sixtyWhat 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 uniue or noticeable or even angering Because you can t look away
horrendous books hard as you may try It s still sucking you in isn t it But it s easy to abandon a boring story because there s nothing The characters were plain the writing average The plot really was nonexistent from what I read It was incredibly tedious and I can t stress that enough Perhaps I should ve read a bit but I won t be bothered reading some snore inducing pages before I actually fall asleepThe first fifty pages arefrom horrendous books
some of the most important for a book because it decides whether you ll stay for theof the most important for a book because it decides whether you ll stay for the of drop it like it s on fire I choose to drop it like it was burning I don t have any violent feelings toward this book It just wasn t my cup of tea I d like to sum up this book told through flashback for some reason features an albino telling a story to another Copper Lake Secrets kid who is even less developed also he took part in the tragic part of the story so I m unsure as to how he became so riveted by its retelling there is a tragedy that is continually referred to but not revealed until the end at which point I realized it wasn t a tragedy it was of a fairly standard sledding accident there is a completely undeveloped love interest who likes to dress like a rainbow and smells like a pig when she gets sick the albinoid has head aches and eye aches at the same freuency at which he references the past he shares with the other even less developed character the featured school locally sources their cafeteria food this is mentioned a lot so I guess it s a plot point I think the teacher from dead poets society snuck into this book and took a nap but then he got trapped the real tragedy is that Barnes Noble tricked me into buying this book with their recommendations based on books I bought I would like to get my hands on that software and take it sledding if you now what I mean. O de la Tragedia una tesis de laIrving School para los alumnos de último año La historia de Tim y Vanessa se intercala con la historia de Duncan un estudiante de último curso ue descubre poco a poco ué pasó ¿Podrá evitar ue le ocurra a él. .
Heart are very similar Both are looking for their place in a world where there doesn t seem one They re both falling in love for the first time and dealing with the pros and cons to that They re learning to let go and live and with that learning that bad things happen to good people Duncan and Tim were two characters I loved getting to now about They were both smart determined and sweet boys and I feel that all teens as well as adults will be able to see parts of themselves as well as their high school experience in their characters as well as their friends Better yet Elizabeth LaBan also introduced an amazing supporting cast in this one as well I loved the addition of the high school English teacher He was an interesting main and I teacher I Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide know I would have loved to have in real life I also enjoyed reading about Vanessa Tim s love interest and Daisy Duncan s love interest While the former of the two plays a bigger part in the book I enjoyed reading about both of them eually and felt both added wonders to the bookThe plot in this was also captivating and well done As mentioned above I loved the method in which it was told and through that method came a lot of suspense as well as twists and turns Throughout the book I was constantly curious to see how everything would play out Inew from the start something tragic happened to Vanessa and Tim and while it was hinted to slowly I never new exactly what happened to the very end which lead to a lot of wonderment and suspense on my part I also enjoyed that the main part of this book was about growing up and learning to let go and move on Tim and Duncan were two boys who had faced a lot in the last year and through their story a lot of emotional and personal growth was made making it a huge as well as essential part of the bookIn all The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LeBan is a gem of a book I highly highly recommend that all of you give this book a try especially those of you who enjoy contemporary novels ones specifically in style of Green or Asher However word of warning set apart a good amount of time to read this one because once you start it it s hard to let goGrade A 35 StarsThe 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 part in But he s put smack into the middle of it when he discovers his treasure left in his dorm room are audio CD s made by Tim recounting the tragedy and the months leading up to it At first Duncan doesn t want to listen he just wants to get back to normal school life and the pursuit of a girl he hopes didn t get away But soon the lure of finding out exactly what happened proves too hard to resist and he s listening riveted by the story This was an unusual tale really two stories wrapped up in one First we have Duncan the senior who feels guilty about what happened to Tim and Vanessa although we have no idea why Then we have the story of Tim and Vanessa recounted by Tim through his CD s The story slowly unfolds
as flashbacks through Tim and Duncan s recall and through that we get the bittersweet tale of how Tim andflashbacks through Tim and Duncan s recall and through that we get the bittersweet tale of how Tim and formed an unlikely bond We also get a secondary romance of Duncan and DaisyI have to say I felt of a connection to Tim than anyone else I think this was partly due to the fact that his tale was in the first person as he was telling his story to Duncan I felt his loneliness and self consciousness profoundly throughout the story and was happy that Vanessa latched onto him I can t imagine always feeling like everyone sees you as a freak Just the way he described reactions from people and dealing with being in public hurt my heart I yearned for him to make friends so that Vanessa wasn t his only focus though I didn t have the same connection to Vanessa and I while I was thrilled that she treated him as a human being and I wanted to shake her at times I m sure she new how much she affected Tim The situation was bittersweet and open ended Apart from Tim s bit the rest of the story is told in the third person and I m not sure that worked entirely well I felt a distance with Duncan and couldn t really get a read on him Maybe if his part in the tragedy was revealed earlier I could ve understood him and his motivations a little better This might have been purposeful because the main focus of the story was Tim and Vanessa but I think I would ve enjoyed this if Duncan was fleshed out I wasn t really moved by Duncan and Daisy s romance either There was no lead up and I really new nothing about Daisy Overall I enjoyed this story and I was anxious to find out what transpired but I also felt there was something missing I wouldn t hesitate to pick up another read by Ms La Ban because even with some of my issues I was engrossed A copy of this was provided by Knopf Books for Young Readers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you You can find this review and The Readers Den 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 SchoolThere s a
whole subset of young adult fiction about boarding schools Something aboutsubset of young adult fiction about boarding schools Something about calls to the imagination I guess the freedom or how elite they seem perhaps The Irving School has an illustrious history complex traditions and the reuisite uirky professor needed to help guide the main character to enlightenment in the style of Dead Poets Society The Irving School holds appeal for me than many of the boarding school settings I ve rea. Del chico más popular Para sorpresa de Tim Vanessa también se enamora de él pero su estatus social podría verse afectado si alguien lo supiera Tim y Vanessa pronto inician una relación clandestina pero sobre ellos surge amenazador el Trabaj.