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Product Details

  • Age Range: 18 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (May 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786838159
  • ASIN: B003STCNO6
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,833,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* She was just big-boned, big-nose Sarah living in Brenton, Ohio, where, as she puts it, "committing suicide would be redundant." Then she meets Demi, who is trying hard to be invisible--surprisingly easy considering he's black and gay. Alone they are, well . . . alone, but brought together by their love of musical theater, they light up. All this might sound like a stereotypical take on gay men and the women who love them, and there is some of that, but there's also so much more. The renamed Sayde and Demi make their way to a summer theater camp, and that's where things change. Encouraged to become part of the ensemble, Sayde finds she is too opinionated to do that, even as it turns out that she is less talented than she believed. At the same time, Demi is discovering that he's a star who can hang out with actual boyfriends rather than Sayde. Lockhart mixes this all up neatly. Most of the story is told in a bright, bitchy voice that, while familiar, is very smart and very funny; transcripts of tapes made for "posterity" add delicious detail. Although it's hard to say what kids who aren't into musical comedy will make of the myriad detail offered here (Birdie! Cabaret! Cats! ), theater lovers will applaud, and everyone else will appreciate the twists and the ending you don't see coming. Ilene Cooper
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About the Author

E. Lockart is the author of The Boyfriend List, Fly on the Wall, and The Boy Book. She once portrayed both Peter Quince and a tree in a drama school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, wearing an electric-blue unitard. Her theatrical career ended soon after.

Customer Reviews

The characters are interesting and likeable and real.
Debra Garfinkle
When the announcement is made that Wildwood Summer Institute will be holding auditions, Sarah knows it could be her ticket out of town.
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I also listened to this one on audio, which I think makes it stand out thanks to the excellent narrator.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By impossible girl on May 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Sadye and Demi are two teenagers who are tired of their non-razzle-dazzle lives in Brenton, Ohio and decide to apply to the Wildewood Academy for the Performing Arts Summer Institute, run by a well-known Broadway director. Both are fans of Broadway musicals and Liza Minelli, whom they both adore.

Their summer is one of friendship, jealousy, and new love. From "Cats" to "Guys and Dolls," this book tells all of the ups and downs of their summer, their new relationships, and just how hard the kids must work to be the actors they want to become in order to leave boring old Ohio behind them once and for all.

If you're familiar with Broadway shows, this book will be even better. If not, visit the author's website. You can download the songs that she references throughout the book.

I also sent this review on to the ALAN Review. :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bookcat on April 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love all of E. Lockhart's books, and this one didn't disappoint at all. Sayde is a terrific narrator - every bit as smart and funny as Ruby (The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book) - and she's surrounded by a wonderful cast. I admit that I did spend a summer at drama camp, so that might be part of why I loved it so much, but that's by no means a requirement. The relationships Sayde has with her gay best friend, her roommates, a boy who may or may not like her -- they're all exceedingly believable and filled with both fondness and more difficult emotions. Her discovery that she's not outrageously talented, as her friends are, and the jealousy that she experiences struck me as being especially relatable. Funny, warm (and snarky!), mostly unpredictable. I pretty much guarantee you'll enjoy this book, especially if you've liked Lockhart's others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Debra Garfinkle on April 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is really fun and moving too. It follows Sarah-- who changes her name to Sadye-- and her best friend Demi as they spend a summer in theater camp.

Great details about drama camp-- auditions, singing, dancing, and acting classes, the teachers' different directing styles-- make this a terrific read.

The setting is not the only star of this book. The characters are interesting and likeable and real. From the girl whose parents seem to appreciate her only when she wins a role, to the gay teen who hates being in the closet, to the main character, who is sweet but sometimes thoughtless, well-intentioned but sometimes wrong, these characters are fascinating people to spend time with, and we care what happens to them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on May 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Sadye and Demi have been best friends since the very beginning of time; well, maybe not that long. But when they did first meet, they became inseparable. How could they not be inseparable when they both share the same interests, most importantly of which is the theatre. Both are able to identify with each other, even though Demi is a boy, and are able to see each other's true selves.

And now both of them are off to a summer filled with lots and lots of drama at their summer theater camp. The camp isn't only loaded with singing, dancing, tons of auditions and acting, but also competition, competition, and more competition. Sadye's life is just full of problems, but just as long as she has her best friend by her side nothing can go wrong. Unfortunately, the summer where Sadye tries to find her true talents is also the one where her friendship is tested - and we don't know whether or not it will last.

DRAMARAMA far surpasses other books that I have read. Aside from the hilarious plot and narration, E. Lockhart adds in issues that anyone who reads this novel is able to connect with, from being gay to having parents that only notice you when you succeed. Just reading DRAMARAMA makes you stop and take a step back and really see how our lives are (and will always be) full of drama - and there is nothing we can do about it except hope that we have our true friends by our side. Another great read from this amazing author.

Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Gallagher on May 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Dramarama is a wonderful book about friendships that are meant to be but don't end up making it. Sadye always felt like she was out of the loop at school, not quite fitting into any clique, until she met her soul mate best friend Demi, a secretly gay boy. They find that they have many things in common, the number one thing being a fierce desire to be well, fierce. The friendship is a match made in heaven, that is until they are both accepted into a summer drama camp and they find out that they don't truly want the same things in life. Dramarama shows the ugly side of what growing up can do to a friendship that readers of all ages will be able to relate to.

I loved this book for multiple reasons, one of them being the fact that it is set in Ohio! :D The other main reason I loved this book so much is because my and one of my old best friends used to do a lot of things that Sadye and Demi do, until she went away to a theater school in New York. We still hang out when she comes home to visit, but there is an awkward void between us since we have traveled in different directions. To some people Sadye may come off as a little bratty because she does complain a lot, but I feel like if I was in the same situation I would become a little bratty myself. I like to think that my friends can only be friends with me, so when they start to hang out with other people I tend to get a little jealous... it's a problem I am trying to work on ;)

I would highly recommend Dramarama to anyone interested in theater because there are a lot of specific plays and acting methods mentioned, of course this just made me feel more out of the loop. I would also recommend this book to anyone who has lost a friend due to a difference in interests or simply due to growing apart over time.
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I write novels.
My books: We Were Liars, Fly on the Wall, The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, How to Be Bad,The Treasure Map of Boys and Real Live Boyfriends.

Visit me at www.emilylockhart.com.
Or come read the blog at www.theboyfriendlist.com.
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