Tim Macbeth is a 17-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is, “Enter here to be and find a friend.” Tim does not expect to find a friend; all he really wants to do is escape his senior year unnoticed. 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, and she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone finds out. Tim and Vanessa enter into a clandestine relationship, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.
The story unfolds from two alternating viewpoints: Tim, the tragic, love-struck figure, and Duncan, a current senior, who uncovers the truth behind Tim and Vanessa’s story and will consequently produce the greatest Tragedy Paper in Irving’s history.
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 320
Reviewed by Alexandra, age 18
I am not usually a fan of dark realistic fiction, and thus am most likely not the best candidate to review this book, but I liked it more than I expected to! The dual narrator form was very interesting, and I found myself rooting for both protagonists despite their character flaws. Don’t let the book pull you down into its tragedy and gloom, though! Tim’s story has a profound and depressing effect on Duncan, which hopefully won’t transfer to you as well! This epic tragedy will appeal to readers around 16 who like this type of dark story.
This book hits shelves January of 2013!
Alexandra, age 18