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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076360822X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763608224
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,274,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Elizabeth, a.k.a. Lola, is accustomed to playing the starring role in the fascinating production that is her life. Her pottery-making single mom and bratty twin sisters are merely bit players in Lola's dramatic existence. But all this changes when she is forced to move from her beloved Manhattan to the boring suburbs of New Jersey. According to Lola, "living in the suburbs is like being dead, only with cable TV and pizza delivery." The worst part is that someone has already snagged the coveted Drama Queen of Suburbia title--and that someone is Carla Santini. Carla, who is "sophisticated, beautiful, and radiates confidence the way a towering inferno radiates heat," isn't about to let anyone take away her hard-earned crown. Undaunted, Lola tries out for and wins the lead in the school play, a role much desired by Carla. In retaliation, Carla makes the entire student body give Lola the silent treatment (and in addition scores tickets to a sold-out concert of Lola's favorite rock band). Can Lola crash the concert, crush Carla, and still have enough energy to wow everyone in the school production of Pygmalion? It's all in a day's work for Lola, Teenage Drama Queen.

With Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Dyan Sheldon has written a classic good girl vs. bad girl story and a rib-tickling romp through the petty kingdom (or in this case, queen-dom) of small-town high school popularity politics. The wide-open ending will have young drama-queens-in-training eagerly searching the shelves for the next installment of Lola's adventures. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

From Publishers Weekly

When native New Yorker Mary Elizabeth Cep and her "astoundingly unimaginative" family move to New Jersey, Mary Elizabeth, who plans to be an actress some day, changes her name to Lola and zealously begins a campaign to enrich the "humdrum" lives of suburbanites. Unfortunately, Lola's new classmates are not quite ready to receive her guidance. They are too busy worshipping their reigning "drama queen," snooty Carla Santini, who is not about to share the spotlight on- or offstage with anyone, especially a loudmouthed city slicker named Lola. Thus begins the war between Carla and Lola to be No. 1. Carla is armed with sophistication, beauty, confidence and an entourage of admirers. Lola, on the other hand, has only a handful of weapons: an overactive imagination, the lead role in the school play and one loyal friend, Ella, "a free spirit waitingAno, beggingAto be released." Energetic, almost breathless first-person narrative relates Lola's bitter defeats and hard-earned triumphs in her rise to stardom at school. Pitting a deliciously despicable villainess against an irresistible heroine glittering with wit and charm, Sheldon (The Boy of My Dreams) pulls off a hilarious comedy of errors. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

I recommend that all teens read this book!
Karen Daniel
She is the actress and emotional drama rolled into one hilariously funny character.
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I suggest read the book , then rent the movie!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Candlewick Press, 2002
272 pages,
ISBN: 0763618489
Lights, Camera, Action! Mary Elizabeth Cep (preferably Lola, after the star of Damn Yankees) is moving from glamorous New York City, to Dellwood, "Deadwood", New Jersey. She has to start totally over, which for her, mean proving herself to a whole new group of people.
Lola has based her whole life on a Broadway play, and she's the main star. So when she sets off to make a statement, and become the star of the small, suburban town of Dellwood, she comes across Carla Santini, who thinks she's the star of Dellwood. Their instant enemies, but their feud makes the book a major laugh and enjoyable fight after fight.
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen is a brilliant story of the challenges of growing up, combined with a twist of unique encounters Lola faces. Dyan Sheldon creates such a story that you can't help but have the book become your new best friend. As the book unfolds before you, you're addicted to it without choice. You soon become part of the book, one of the characters, feeling and seeing all. Sheldon uses dialogue and problems that teenagers can easily relate to, making it the perfect book.
Whenever I think of this book, I think of it as a "chick flick" in the book form. Boys can read it, but girls will fall in love with it. I could keep raving and raving about this book but my final words are this: this story, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, soon becomes your story- every single one of us has an inner drama queen, and this book sure proves it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kate Morgan on March 7, 2004
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I thought that this was a relatively fun, fresh book, but there was some... shall I say bad things about it.
Mary Cep, or as she stubbornly likes to be known as Lola, is a major drama queen. She is positive she will be the next big thing in Hollywood. Some time. When Lola's mother moves her and her two totally gross little sisters out of New York City and into the suburbs, Lola is sure she will be the savior to so many poor souls in Dellwood. Or as she calls it, Deadwood. Then she meets Carla Santini, the local bully and snob, and that whole part of the book's (the WHOLE book!) is pretty predictable. It's through Lola's obsessive love for her favorite band, Sidhartha, that Lola gets her and her best friend and "sister of my soul", Ella, alot of... adventure.
I won't give away the rest. Parts of this book was really funny and it was hard not to laugh out loud, whether I was in public or not, but Lola's interpretation of every thing got boring. Finally when you get to the exciting part, it's Lola's friend, Ella, who is being more of the heroine.
I felt that this book ended alot like it began. In "the Big Freeze". The book is worth reading, but still lacking in many ways.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Julianne Labrecque

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

by Dyan Sheldon

If you read often, you are aware what a good book consists of. The title of a good book draws you in, and won't let you stop reading until you are done, leaving you begging for a sequel. Compelling, realistic characters with real faults and problems like us, interesting plots that twist and turn in such a way that you can never guess what's coming always add up to a highly acclaimed and appreciated book. One book that I know to contain all these things is Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, by Dyan Sheldon. The basic summary of this book is as follows. Mary Cep (who prefers to be called Lola) is a dramatic teenage girl who is forced by her mother to move to "Deadwood" New Jersey. Lola absolutely hates it, until she meets Ella Gerard. Ella becomes her best friend and "soul sister". The thing about Ella is that she is a great student, very polite, very shy, and keeps to herself. Lola is the exact opposite. This is one reason that this book is so compelling, because of the contrasting characters. In the middle of the book, Sidhartha, Ella and Lola's favorite band, breaks up, but first announces they are having one last concert. Ella and Lola plan everything out so they can sneak to NY to see the concert. They ride on a train, but they lose their money and when they get to the concert, they don't have enough for a ticket! A little ways after, they are back at home, where Ella's parents have no idea they even left. Carla Santini, the most popular girl in the grade, insists she didn't even see them at the after-party, even though Lola and Ella claim they were there...or were they?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kimiko laughlin on May 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is about a teenager who is dealing with hard things teenagers go through. I did like this book because this girl was confident in what she did and she handled things great. Yes, I recommend other people to read this book because it shows the difficulties teenagers go through and it enlightens you in a way where you understand har life. The dialogue was believable because that's the way teenagers are today. My favorite character was Mary because she was confident, bright, and cheerful. I did not like Carla because she was rude to people who were not popular. The author wrote in a way that I could picture what was happening.
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