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Drama: 08/14/13

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Drama is is Raina Telgemeir's most recent graphic novel and was short listed for a 2012 CYBILs. Callie is in the drama club at school and wants to help put on the best production of Moon Over Mississippi (her all time favorite play) on her school's extremely limited budget. Along the way she's distracted by a cute boy, his gay twin brother and her best friend (also a boy).

Although Drama didn't suck me into its pages as quickly as Smile (her memoir about lengthy orthodontia), I was taken with the intricacies of staging a production. By watching Callie and her friends work, I was given time get to know and like them.

Along with the drama of putting on a stage play (and getting the special effects to work), there's the drama of cute boys and upset best friends. It's the basic high school stuff that older readers will either relate to or younger readers will be in the middle of. Telgemeier keeps the teenage angst to a believable but relatable level and the focus of the plot primarily on Moon over Mississippi.

Five stars

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Comment #1: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 20:18:38

Bookworm1858

I loved that this was set backstage-I eat up every story I can find about onstage dramas and the people responsible for putting on the show.



Comment #2: Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 07:13:01

Pussreboots

I enjoyed that aspect of it as well. I'm also super excited that the author has a sequel to Smile coming out soon.