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Drama Paperback – September 1, 2012
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* "With the clear, stylish art, the strongly appealing characters and just the right pinch of drama, this book will undoubtedly make readers stand up and cheer. Brava!" -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Telgemeier is prodigiously talented at telling cheerful stories with realistic portrayals of middle-school characters." -- Booklist, starred review
* "The full-color cartoon-style illustrations are graceful, assured, and, along with the twists and turns of the plot, guarantee an entertaining and enlightening read." -- School Library Journal, starred review
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After reading Drama, I'm glad this book will be in my class library. I'm surprised at parents who are giving the book awful reviews for "hiding an agenda" from people who buy the book. The graphic novel isn't about being gay or sharing gay feelings--it's about being a person--especially a middle schooler who is confused (Callie wonders why she likes a guy who was mean to her, other characters don't know who they like or why--VERY relatable to middle school students!), and the book emphasizes what it means to be accepted for who you are. The main characters in the novel aren't in the "popular" group--they're the theatre kids who enjoy each other's company and realize that being popular isn't all it's cracked up to be. When one male character dresses as a girl and kisses a boy on stage, the crowd responds with a few giggles followed by thunderous applause. We should be so lucky that all of our children are as accepted for whoever they are throughout their lives.
I would hope that the parents who are griping about kissing scenes post similar reviews for any other book--graphic novel or text-based--that have kissing in them. The truth is that no child lives in a bubble, and a book is a great place to start a conversation about love and acceptance.
Drama is short, but Raina Telgemeier packs so much into it. There's new love, confused love, best friends, guy friends, and even some self-discovery. And while the story focuses mainly on Callie you really get a feel for all the other characters and delve into some of the stuff they're going through as well. It's amazing how well a story set over the course of a year can flow when done right. It never really felt rushed either. I had time to process and experiences the emotions so I actually felt sucked into the story rather than a simple passerby.
The Nutshell: The art is awesome. The story is awesome. The characters are awesome. Are we sensing a pattern here? Basically what I'm saying is: Drama is nothing short of awesome and since it's a quick read, what have you got to lose?
After reading the "most helpful negative review" on Amazon I'm appalled. I think it's amazing that Raina tackles such heavy issues for a young audience. The parents in the comments on this review are agreeing with the original reviewer saying this topic is too heavy for the age the book targets and that "sexual issues" are a sensitive subject for parents. I'm sorry, but I don't believe one's orientation is an issue. And I'd also like to point out there is nothing "sexual" in this story. There is kissing for goodness sake and, yeah, seventh graders do that!Read more ›
Just like Smile this book is sure to have a bit of controversy because Raina writes about real life, such as relationships both male and female and male and male, which is bound to cause some readers angst. But here's the thing...everything that Raina writes about in this book is stuff that kids face in real life, regardless of whether parents and adults want to admit it. Raina accurately captures the feelings of confusion, infatuation, of the journey of discovering yourself, that we all experience in middle school and this is what her readers relate to. And it's why this is such a great book, because even as a male reader I related to Matt and his confusion over how to approach Callie (which is something that still confuses me to this day.)
Raina's art style is deceptively simple, but I love it. It reminds of "The Kids Next Door" cartoon (and yes that's a good thing) with how things are drawn and the colors choosen. She quickly and accurately captures the movement of characters and brings them to life with the expressions on their faces. They're expressions that I remember seeing growing up (and still see today come to think of it) that make the characters feel real. The colors are spot on perfect as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Far too mature for my daughter. I love all her other books but not this one.Published 4 days ago by Taylor H.
Some more mature content and subject matter than what I was expecting to read with my 10 year old daughter - would not recommendPublished 6 days ago by Daniel Borrowman
it's funny and has embarrassing secrets with of course lots of DRAMA. so please read this book IT WAS AWESOME and SUPER HILARIOUS!Published 10 days ago by Corinne D.