Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve read through a book non-stop and then felt compelled to write immediately about it. The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban is the book that has done that for me. I LOVE this book. I love it so much, that I want to start reading it again from the beginning right now. I love it enough that I have already ordered the book that the author references in the “A Conversation with Elizabeth Laban” section at the end of the novel. I love it enough that I think high school English teachers should strongly consider making it required reading along with their student of Shakespeare. It would help their students understand tragedy at a level that classics can not bring to life for them.
I love it as a reader and I love it as a writer.
I wish I could have written it.
It has a map of the setting. I love when there is a map in a book, yet I didn’t even really look at the map. I just love that it is there.
It’s set in a school. I love books set in schools, especially for teens, since everything in their lives revolves around their friends and social contacts.
I love that one of the main character’s, Tim’s, parents are referenced so slightly, almost as if they were an annoyance to him. Yet you can tell he loves them, but just can’t be bothered by them. So dead-on with young people of that age.
I love the details about the locally-grown food throughout the book. Subtle references to the farms and locations the food came from-unnecessary details to the plot of the book, yet so detailed, it allows the reader to be there with the students of Irving School.
I love that I had to just keep reading it from the first page until the last. That it made me stay up late and wake up early, just so I could finish it.
I love the characters. I love that the tension you experience in the first couple chapters is still there, driving the characters on, driving the reading on, through the last page. Never is there a dull point, where you find yourself skimming, to get back to the main plot. I love that it’s set in a boarding school. I have a fascination with boarding schools.
It’s just that good.
Is the author going to be at ALA? I need to meet her and tell her how amazing her book is.