Review: Drama

Review: DramaDrama by Raina Telgemeier
Published by Graphix on September 1, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Library


Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can't really sing. Instead she's the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

Rarely do I read books spontaneously, outside of my anal-retentive reading schedule. Even though I wasn’t supposed to read Drama according to my schedule, I had placed a hold for it at the library after reading April’s review of it on Good Books and Good Wine. I picked it up from the library and proceeded to look guiltily at it for the duration of the checkout period. I have to return it in a couple of days, so I decided to just go ahead and take the hour or so to read it. I am so glad that I did, because it was such a cute, sweet graphic novel and made a nice change from the darker reads I’m working through at the moment.

As the title suggests, this graphic novel centers around a middle school theater production. This year, the school play is Moon Over Mississippi, a Civil War musical full of romance and drama. Of course, there’s even more drama off-stage than on, which is super accurate for theater productions everywhere, I think. I love how much detail there was into the production of the costumes, the set, the lighting, etc. The characters really got to show off their passions, and the theatrical stuff was obviously important and not just there to serve as a backdrop to the romantic drama.

When the story opens, the heroine, Callie, is walking home from school with Matt, her friend and also the lighting designer, and Greg, his baseball-playing brother. Greg has just been dumped by his girlfriend Bonnie, and Callie, who has had a crush on him for a while, goes for the opportunity. I freaking love that Callie is the kind of girl who goes for what she wants, who will risk embarrassment or rejection. I’m not like that, but I really admire her for it. She’s also the kind of girl who will get up on stage and audition (badly) to make a friend feel better. Callie has serious guts.

Unfortunately, things don’t turn out quite the way she hoped. Rather than making her his girlfriend the next day, Greg ignores her and, when she confronts him, tells her that he’s getting back together with Bonnie. She doesn’t have too much time to mope, however, because she has big dreams for her set design and plenty of work to do to achieve them. Also, she meets cute twin brothers, Jesse and Justin, interested in helping out in the theater.

Drama captures the emotional confusion of high school and the limited time span of middle school crushes. When I was that age, like the characters here, I had SO MANY CRUSHES. Seriously, I had like no type at all. That’s one thing that rings false in a lot of the YA books that I read: the characters are always so set on one person and in love forever. Let’s be honest, most teens have so not made up their mind, attention drifting from one person to another. Callie feels drawn to several different guys, and some of the other characters are also unsure which romantic interest to pursue. On top of that, the story is totally lgbt-friendly, which I love.

If you like theater and cuteness, I definitely recommend Drama. It’s such a quick read and it made me smile many times.

12 responses to “Review: Drama”

  1. Mystica says:

    Nice to read something light and not on the schedule at times!

  2. Nori says:

    This sounds so adorable! Seriously, I even think the cartoon cover is adorable too. I’ve never hear of it before either.

  3. I don’t read a lot of graphic novels but this one sounds cute!

  4. Anya says:

    I’m back!! 🙂 Well, from my disappearance from the blogalaxy. And now I have to read this, because it’s a 4/5 for Christina = I must pick it up. It sounds realistic and cute, and Callie sounds fantabulous! 😀

  5. Bookworm1858 says:

    I really appreciated the lightness and ease of reading for this book-it makes a nice change from heavier longer novels. Glad this diversion worked out for you!

  6. It’s nice to take a break from the darker stuff to read a lighter book.

    AND YES, I was totally a crush-whore, so to speak, as a teen, like I would get a crush on a person and then like 2 weeks later it was on someone else and then a different person.

    I’m glad you liked Drama, lol, I always get so nervous about steering people wrong!

    • Christina says:

      So nice.

      Bahaha, I know, right? Or, just totally unashamedly crushing on like five people at the same time. Like I will date ANY OF YOU if you ask. Umm, young self, how about you have some tastes?

      You did not steer me wrong!

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