Saturday, February 14, 2015

Blog Tour: (Review) The Tragic Age - Stephan Metcalfe

The Tragic Age: A NovelThe Tragic Age by Stephan Metcalfe 
Date Released: March 3, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Pages: 320 pages
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
Rating: 3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars
Series: Standalone!

Goodreads Synopsis: This is the story of Billy Kinsey, heir to a lottery fortune, part genius, part philosopher and social critic, full time insomniac and closeted rock drummer. Billy has decided that the best way to deal with an absurd world is to stay away from it. Do not volunteer. Do not join in. Billy will be the first to tell you it doesn’t always work— not when your twin sister, Dorie, has died, not when your unhappy parents are at war with one another, not when frazzled soccer moms in two ton SUVs are more dangerous than atom bombs, and not when your guidance counselor keeps asking why you haven’t applied to college. Billy’s life changes when two people enter his life. Twom Twomey is a charismatic renegade who believes that truly living means going a little outlaw. Twom and Billy become one another’s mutual benefactor and friend. At the same time, Billy is reintroduced to Gretchen Quinn, an old and adored friend of Dorie’s. It is Gretchen who suggests to Billy that the world can be transformed by creative acts of the soul. With Twom, Billy visits the dark side. And with Gretchen, Billy experiences possibilities.Billy knows that one path is leading him toward disaster and the other toward happiness. The problem is—Billy doesn’t trust happiness. It's the age he's at.  The tragic age. 

Stephen Metcalfe's brilliant, debut coming-of-age novel, The Tragic Age, will teach you to learn to love, trust and truly be alive in an absurd world.

From Goodreads

The Tragic Life by Stephan Metcalfe was a great, hilarious novel that really opened my eyes. Metcalfe crafted a well written, thoughtful novel on teenage angst that any reader could relate to. I loved reading and reviewing it :) 

In The Tragic Life, we meet Bill Kinley and I loved reading about his story and the way he described things about life. His life changes when 2 people enter his life: Twom Towney and Gretchen Quinn. Ever since the death of his sister, Dorie. It ultimately fuels his angst towards himself, the world and others. And it was an aspect that teen readers would relate to. 

Twom, brings out Bill's dark past and things that's best to leave in the past. But being with Gretchen, he is able to be himself.  I really liked the scenes Metcalfe wrote with Bill and Gretchen and all the mayhem they did. Metcalfe gave Bill a voice and it was great reading it. 

Ultimately, The Tragic Age is a must read for teens, especially those who can relate to teenage angst. The book was easy to read and I'm glad I pick this one up :) 

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