ARC REVIEW: Tragedy Girl by Christine Hurley Deriso


Title: Tragedy Girl
Author: Christine Hurley Deriso
Format: e-ARC via Netgalley
Expected Publication: April 8, 2016 by Flux

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 . . .

(taken from goodreads)

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When life throws you the biggest curve ball you can imagine, you realize you’re stronger than you thought you were. You realize you’re a survivor.

When I read the book’s description/synopsis, it got me. I’m a huge fan of books that has something to do with death. Gladly, the book did not disappoint me when it came to deaths. It talked about Blake and Anne’s tragedy – his girlfriend’s death and her parent’s accident.

While I was enjoying the pages where people talked about Cara’s death, I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve rolled my eyes while reading. I kind of did not like the insta-love that happened between Blake and Anne. It seemed really common and very fast, considering the fact that they barely knew each other. In fact, I did not feel the chemistry between the two. Firstly, Blake is still mourning over his girlfriend’s death. Next, Anne is the new girl who barely even knew stuff about Blake. Lastly, I hate how Blake calls Anne “Babe”. It’s too cheesy and corny for my taste.

Things were happening really fast in the book. While reading, everytime I checked which page I am, I am a bit shocked. Tragedy Girl is an easy read, although there were some mysteries going on, it did not bother me because proceeding to the next page seemed as easy as 123. Although it was an easy read, it was quite predictable. Tragedy Girl, to me, seemed like any other Young Adult novel.

The book got confusing in the middle part as I try to connect things and Anne, the narrator, barely knew anything and was trying too hard. I did not like how everybody else just believed what Blake told them, even the cops, because if that happened to our country, there might be a possibility that both Blake and Jamie would be primary suspects! And come on, Cara’s best friend had an idea of what was happening and kept it for two months? Oh come on!

Overall, Tragedy Girl was a quick and easy read but predictable and kind of annoyed me. I was also dissatisfied with how it ended. Like, that’s it????  Good thing was that I got to smile/laugh at some lines of the book and! I learned few new words. It just kept repeating on my head, so that might be a good sign. I don’t know but it made me happy.

Note: I received a copy via Netgalley but this did not affect my views/opinions/review about the book. Thank you Flux Publishing!

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