March 3, 2015
This review is semi weird, I enjoyed the book and since my internet was out all week I didnt have the chance to write my review sooner and forgot the names of the characters. To be fair, I am bad with names and this being said I did in fact enjoy this novel but I cant back up my statement as to why. So this review contains negative reasons as to why I enjoyed the book.
My two favorite novels read in school were The Outsiders which I read in 7th grade and Catcher in the Rye which I read in 11th grade. The tagline for The Tragic Age was in fact "The Outsiders meets Catcher in the Rye." Although, I understand the comparison this book doesnt meet up to the potential. I enjoyed this but not as much as I did with the quoted tagline books.
The Tragic Age is a bit more quirky; the main character was very sarcastic and witty with his definitions and day dreams. Without spoiling the plot, I'll just say its set in a depressed state of mind. I couldn't help but feel sorry for the main character but at the same time I didn't believe his state of depression was just. The plot was slow paced and nothing really happened until the last 70 pages or so.
I am not a big fan but being inside ones head for too long but his witty humor made it better. The one thing that made me mad was the mention of my absolute favorite show I Dream of Jeannie. This book makes fun of Jeannie's outfit and motives and I do not approve. I'll be the first to admit I own all five seasons and watched every episode five times. I also own every book on the topic. So, yes, it was a bummer to read through but overall, I liked the book.
To be quite honest, I would say this book is similar to Schizo by Nic Sheff and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. Both books I recently read and loved. I would recommend Tragic Age to a very few people. Definitely to fans of Nic Sheff and Matthew Quick.
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