|Publisher:||North Star Editions|
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|File size:||2 MB|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Christine Hurley Deriso (North Augusta, SC) is an award-winning author of three middle grade novels. She has also contributed to Ladies' Home Journal, Parents, and other national magazines. Visit her online at www.christinehurleyderiso.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 star I wanted to read Tragedy Girl because I am drawn to the books with hard issues. Both are bringing hard things to the table, and to top it off Anne may be in danger from Blake, either abuse or possibly involved in death of his previous girlfriend based on the ominous end to the synopsis. The writing was good and it immediately drew me in. Anne is a good main character and I liked her. she was going through a lot, she is dealing with her parents passing away the last springs and she started over at a new school for her senior year so there's fighting the stigma being the new girl on top of that she has her own tragedy from her past to deal with. It seems pretty natural that her and Blake would connect they both have things that they wish that they can move on from .... not forget but not have everyone look at them with pity and treat them differently. They have lockers right beside one another and this allows them to have more conversations and put them in a position to have interaction with one another. It was the groups of girls that kind of had me thrown off at first. they seem nice but then there was also a girl who apparently has been crushing on Blake for a long time and she is not very nice to Anne at all and causes some pretty big scenes. I was wondering if she was really being protective over him or that was a whole other issue. the other two seem to include anne.in their plans and their group of friendship and I like them. There are few things that were off about blake. one day and thought she saw fear in his little brothers eyes when they were together and then the way that Blakes so called best friend was acting just seemed really off to her. I enjoyed the sense of family in this one. Annes aunt and uncle invited her to come live with him after her parents passed away. they really go out of their way to see how she's doing and make her feel at home and include her in their plans. I like them both a lot and even though there's times where you know they almost seem overbearing and things can seem a little awkward I really appreciate how hard they were trying to care for her and be there for her after everything that happened Bottom Line: Good sense of family and writing that drew me in.
Original review @ 125Pages.com 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. I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.