Young Adult Senior year of high school is a tumultuous time for Duncan. He learns all about tragedy: in the literary sense, through an all-consuming English assignment,…
Book Review

The Tragedy Paper

THE TRAGEDY PAPER Elizabeth Laban
THE TRAGEDY PAPER Elizabeth Laban

Senior year of high school is a tumultuous time for Duncan. He learns all about tragedy: in the literary sense, through an all-consuming English assignment, and in literal form, as he tries to make sense of the deeply personal recordings left by a former classmate. Despite stall tactics that sometimes mute the impact of Duncan's discoveries, LaBan's debut — reminiscent of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why — compassionately illustrates the tragedy of withholding love and friendship, or worse, never having the courage to seek them out. B+

Originally posted Jan 02, 2013 Published in issue #1241 Jan 11, 2013 Order article reprints
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