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This book is really good. This book discusses the topic that most children don't know about in such an excepting way.
Drama tells the story of a middle schooler named Callie going through normal school drama. She deals with love, friends, and the struggles of being a tween. This is very relatable because I also dealt with drama similar to this. I understand the struggles she went through. Drama also tells a very nice message to tweens going through the same things that it will get better, and it won’t last forever. I recommend this to tweens, and those who are going through any kind of drama related to this, and give it a 5/5. @Gummibee11 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Teen years are filled with 'drama' and the occasional laughter and heartbreak.
The title Drama can refer either to the fact that the junior high characters in this book are in their school drama club, or to the fact that they experience a lot of relationship drama. Callie, the main character, develops crushes at the drop of a hat, and is therefore often disappointed. The story feels true to junior high life--complicated, yet full of exuberance. The fun, colorful illustrations reflect this exuberant spirit. Author Raina Telgemeier drew on many of her own teenage experiences when she wrote this story, as she explains in a note at the back of the book.
A third (and perhaps unintentional) meaning for the title could be that there is a lot of drama surrounding this book. Many people have tried to ban it, because it includes a few gay characters. Banned Book Week would be a good time to read this book...but it's such a fun, quick read, that any time would be a good time to read it, actually.
I love this book it shows how people are different and its okay to be upfront about the way you feel in who you like.
I didn't expect Raina to make a graphic novel like this after amazing books like Smile, and Sisters. I think the book would have been great, but I feel like Raina was trying to push her personal feelings on a topic that most kids shouldn't even have on their minds right now. If she had left that out, the book would have been fine. I'm kind of disappointed in her because when I had Smile, my ten and eight year old siblings read it too and thought it was great, so when I got Drama, they read it and had no idea of what they were reading. Parents, I highly suggest that you look into this book before ordering/buying this book for your child. A child's mind is like plato kept in a bag, its moldable, but it doesn't dry out. -JDW 12yrs old.
i love this book because this book is so moving to people like me so if you like drama and love adventurer this for you and only you!@#$^$%^()+%^$%$!@$@!@*(&)_&^#$%@$%@!#$(&_(*)*(&^&^$#$!#$@$
A gentle, relaxing read. Not really upfront when it comes to LGBTQ, yet carries the message across nicely.
I personally think Smile is a much better book, both from a story perspective and conceptually, but it's still a pretty good read. I do feel however that it would be better served as a YA Graphic Novel, as opposed to Juvenile.
Middle schooler Callie struggles with creating a Broadway-worthy play for her school drama club, as well as dealing with difficult actors and unexpected romance. Good for budding theater kids.
Love Raina Telgemeier's books! Felt like I was back in a school production, with all the "Drama".
"Drama" was listed in ALA's Top 10 Most Challenged Books in 2014, just barely making it into the #10 spot for being "sexually explicit." The definition behind such a term can vary between different communities, and such concerns should be heard.
But personally--and this is a single opinion--this book is okay. It's not stellar, but it's fine.
Let your tween read it if they're interested, but preview the book if you're concerned about the "sexually explicit" material that has been challenged in the past. Consider the context in which such a scene is presented and decide for yourself if it's a cause for concern.
I really enjoyed this! As a former theatre kid, I can attest that this is exactly what it was like, save maybe the extremely. The drama of being a pre-teen is certainly well portrayed in the high paced world of middle school theatre.
horrible book, hated it never read to mushy and lovey dovey even for teens! Super inappropriate and swares tons. NEVER READ!!!!! Crazy dissapointed and my daughter was in tears and nightmares for weeks after weeks. I bought it for her 16th birthday
I've read Drama a few times and it's a very good book. I would recommend it for kids who are 10-15 years old. I love the drawings and it's really well-written.
Honesly I feel like this Graphic Novel should be in the teen section due to all the LGBT romance involved. Devinatly not a book for 4th or 5th graders and should only be read by 7th graders and older. Otherwise the book is OK but can get very cringy.
Drama was disappointing after reading Smile and Sisters - excellent 4th and 5th grade girl books but this was too much kissing and transgender dating for 4th & 5th grade - definitely 7 - 8th grade level!
Callie loves theater and nothing makes her happier than designing sets for the school plays. But this year there is a heavy dose of Drama added to the performance when two cute brothers fall into Callie's social circle. This graphic novel perfectly encapsulates the confusion about boys in middle school. Do they like me? Do they not? What is going on?!?! I'm a little late to review this, since it came out in 2014, but I totally get what the hype is about. I really enjoyed it!
As a former drama geek, I found this book to be relatable, witty, and warm. Only I wasn't nearly as brave as Callie is when I was in drama class. When I didn't get the part I wanted for the school play, instead of feeling proud of working behind the scenes on the stage crew, I dropped out. Now, as a middle-age mom, I look back on my drama days and wish I'd had friends like Callie to cheer me on. Highly recommended for tweens and teens (and growups, too) who are interested in theater, realistic fiction, or graphic novels.