Book: Tragedy Girl.
Written By: Christine Hurley Deriso.
Category: Teens & YA.
Release Date: April 8th, 2016.
Synopsis: 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…
My Thoughts: I’m pretty disappointed in this book. From the synopsis, I thought this was going to be amazing, but in the end, I was left scratching my head, and wondering why I just read what I read.
Is it just me, or are all of the characters in this book stupid!? What the hell is wrong with these people. Are they blind!? Everyone seemed so robotic and always had the most cliche shit spewing from their lips! Everyone was fake. While reading this Tragedy Girl, I felt like a tragedy myself. I felt like I was watching a VERY cheap movie that didn’t even make enough to cover their budget. Not everyone got paid. The dialogue was unrealistic, and just plain annoying. Who actually keeps calling people by their name in a conversation? Everytime Anne talked to her Aunt Meg, she would call her Aunt Meg. In one conversation she would have said Aunt Meg at least 20 times! She is the only person in the room, there is no need to keep calling her AUNT MEG!!!
Anne got on my nerves, yeah she did just lose both of her parents, but that is no excuse for her stupidity. She never seemed to know what was going on, even when it was right in front of her face. Anytime someone had something to say to her, she just sat there dumbstruck, and took it. Girl, stand up for yourself! Open your mouth, say something…ANYTHING! Also, why was she hooking up with “Tragedy Boy” (really?) on such short notice. I’m sorry, but I knew something was off about Blake from the moment he was mentioned. He was a creep! Most of their conversations were so dumb. When he told her he was laying in bed crying, I literally laughed out loud! What a joke. Is he serious!? His creeper points went up by MILLIONS at that point. I wish I could tell him to his face how lame he is. I really didn’t like him. I feel like I can’t even explain all of my feelings for him. I LOATHE HIM!
Another thing I didn’t understand was why one minute both Anne and Blake were like, we deserve to be happy, or we need to move on with our lives, but then they were still acting up. Acting like, you guessed it, TRAGEDIES! Make up your minds! I know some people do react like that in real life situations, but those two were just over the top! So fake! I don’t get why it was so hard for Anne to drop Blake’s crazy ass. She was acting so stupid, you can’t just go around acting dumb, and use the Dead Parents card. I mean, she even said it herself, “Having your parents die doesn’t give you a pass to be stupid.” Then why were you acting so STUPID Anne!?
My favorite character would have to be Lauren. Yes, at first she was a total bitch, but I knew she was going to end up being Anne’s ride or die friend. I thought Melanie was going to hold that place because they seemed to be perfect for each other. They were both blind, dumb as a doorknob, and let Blake walk all over them. At times, Melanie was too pathetic for me to even deal with. She was too obsessed with Jamie to see what was really going on around her.
All in all this was a tragedy. Don’t get me wrong, there were some juicy moments that kept me glued to the pages, but those moments, didn’t outweigh the WTF moments. I gave Tragedy Girl, 3 Stars.