There’s two types of wanting:
- Wanting something more because the book was lacking.
- Wanting something more because the book was the least-lacking thing you’ve ever read in your entire life.
Unfortunately, this time–it was number 1 for me.
It started out pretty good. Most books do. It was still pretty good well into the middle. I was enjoying the philosophical atmosphere and the life at the Irving School. Tim, Vanessa, Duncan and Daisy made it all the way through without making me sigh in exasperation or get annoyed at their idiocy, so that was a plus. Plot was okay. The fact that it was unoriginal, stuck in the shadow of Jay Asher’s THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, didn’t bother me as much as it does some books. Pacing was a little shaky at times, but decent.
The ending killed it.
I guess that’s not really because of Elizabeth Laban or the book itself. Well, I take that back. It was the book. Partially. I felt that THE TRAGEDY PAPER was lacking in deep, tear-worthy emotion.
The reason why I think that this lacking-of-emotion was not necessarily all the books fault is because of other books I’ve read. Every single time I read HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT by Natalie Standiford, tears come to my eyes. Very few books can do that to me. I cried the first time I read the OUTSIDERS, too. Oh, and THIRTEEN REASONS WHY? I didn’t cry on that one. But it left me so shell-shocked I briefly considered being less nit-picky and just dishing out the whole five stars. (As you can see on Goodreads, it didn’t end up happening.)
It was those three books that helped live down THE TRAGEDY PAPER for me. I mean–the plot was great, even if it was unoriginal. I truly enjoyed most of this book.
I guess it just wasn’t for me. I can see lots of other people really enjoying this book, some of them really good friends of mine. I feel really down and disappointed right now… I really wanted to like this book…. Eh. I’ll just reread HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT and I’ll be all ready to read another book again. :) 3 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 312