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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Tragedy Girl by Christine Hurley Deriso
Published by Flux on April 8, 2016
Genres: Coming of Age, Emotions & Feelings, Social Issues, Teen, Young Adult
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Of course Anne would be drawn to Blake. He's good looking, he's friendly, and they both bring sob stories to the table: her parents died in a car wreck, his girlfriend, Cara, drowned. Of course Blake would understand what she's gone through. And of course they can help each other work through the pain. It's like it was meant to be.
But just as Anne starts to feel she's finally found something good in all the tragedy, she can't ignore signs that something's off. Her friends rarely let her be alone with Blake. Even those closest to Blake seem uneasy around him. And then there are the rumors about the death of Cara, whose body was never recovered. Rumors that suggest Blake's pain is hiding something darker than Anne can even begin to comprehend . . .
Tragedy Girl should have been amazing. A teen girl who has to start over after her parents death, a teen boy recovering from the tragic drowning of his girlfriend and a new love blossoming. A love that turns dark and has potentially tragic consequences. Yes, please sign me up. Instead I read a tale of insta-love and a desperate need to be loved. Tragedy Girl could have been phenomenal but was instead just okay.
The plot of Tragedy Girl had so much going for it. A powerful message and a strong female lead. However the writing of Christine Hurley Deriso could not quite keep up with her message. The story was full on YA instant love and clueless parents. The pacing was great and helped carry the plot forward. The world built was great, full of detail and small things that all pieced together. The emotions ran high, but at times too high. Crazy love and crazy jealousy in a very short window. The characters were okay. I could never really connect with Anna as she was so angsty.
I always wish books with such serious issues are amazing. If they are powerful it helps shed a light on whatever is the focus. But unfortunately Tragedy Girl was more of a teen insta-love tale that attempted to have a few serious moments. Tragedy Girl wasn’t a bad read, it was just not as deep as I had hoped.
Favorite lines – If Melanie is looking for any cosmic wisdom or helpful platitudes, she won’t learn them from me. I don’t know how to make sense from nonsense, or order from chaos, or happiness from misery. I haven’t learned any of those lessons yet, and I kind of doubt I ever will. I’ve just learned to remind myself to breathe.
Biggest cliché – But he’s so dreamy…
Have you read Tragedy Girl, or added it to your TBR?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge