Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban


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Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, 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, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.

When Duncan enters his room for his senior year, he finds a suprise gift from last year's occupant, Tim Mabeth.  It is a stack of CD's with this letter on top:


Dear Duncan,

When I was told you'd be living in this room, I have to be honest, I couldn't believe it. 
Maybe you can guess what I'm going to say, but I'm going to tell you anyway.  It's important that you know why and exactly how everything happened.  Someone has to --someone might be able to use the information and not make the same mistakes I made.  Maybe.  I don't know.
Let me say one important thing I would bet money you didn't expect and then I will leave you to your senior year:  what you are about to hear, the words, the music, my downfall, as well as your perceived or actual role in it, will serve you better than you ever could have imagined.  Basically, I am giving you the best gift, the best treasure, you could ask for.  I am giving you the meat of your Tragedy Paper.
Yours truly,
Tim

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