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From Booklist *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 CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Dramarama Hardcover – May 2, 2007 by E. Lockhart (Author) Review
A great read for teen book/ musical theatre fans. -Read Reviews-
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten!E. Lockhart is like my YA queen. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks helped me define myself as a feminist and a woman, the Ruby Oliver series is sweet as candy with so much heart it hurts yours, and Fly on the Wall was okay. Dramarama marks me reading all her backlist novels and it was a good note to end that journey on considering I have an ARC of her next novel Im planning to read soon. Dramarama is exactly as dramatic as it sounds, but it actually kinda stabbed me in the heart. In a good way. Between the lack of chapters and the slow beginning, its a difficult start, but Demi and Saydes endearing friendship is worth sticking with even though their friendship is clearly going to be hitting a lot of icebergs soon. Sayde herself is worth sticking out the novel for because shes such a conflicted character that reminds me of Frankie Lauda-Banks in all the best ways. She is combative and negative and consistently challenging people who know the world of theatre much better than she does when she shouldnt, but she almost never does it maliciously. She wants to contribute and is trying to figure out where she fits after her sudden realization she doesnt have as much talent as she thought. To be honest, I was feeling disillusioned with the novel for a long time and felt certain it would be another Fly on the Wall until pretty close to the end. Sayde makes it clear she loves Wildewood, but that the same time, a conversation with Reanne makes it clear Wildewood hurts her at the same time. The drama people are her people, but she doesnt have the kind of talent all of her friends do. While bonding with them over ten-day shows and hectic rehearsal schedules, shes constantly insecure about how much more skilled they are at acting and singing. My colleges Honors Program is like that, so I totally get here. I love being part of it and love being able to shape what it will become in the future through being part of its leadership board, but at the same time, it hurts. Like Sadye, I imagine myself to be a pretty stellar student, but then I meet other Honors students and hear what theyre up to and I have to accept Im not that special. Im nowhere near the top of the pyramid. Sadye coming to that realization made me cry, but I ended up crying again for her in happiness when she started to figure out that theater was her place but was not necessarily where she thought it was. Outside of Sadye, weve got a pretty diverse, well-developed cast. From what Ive heard, living the theatre life isnt easy and there can be a lot of jealousy going on behind the scenes. With Sadyes roommate Nanette, already an established Broadway actress, we see what living in that world can do to a person and how having that kind of star-making talent can be a curse. Her two other roommates have their own intriguing situations going on, but Ill withhold info on those to keep spoilers away. Then theres Lyle and Demis relationship, which = love. Theyre such a sweet couple and though characters like Sadye try to erase parts of their identities (Demi is of course black, Lyle is overweight), both of them own who they are. E. Lockhart is probably going to be one of my favorite authors for a very long time and Im happy to say this is another gem from her. Heres hoping her next book We Were Liars can meet the same standards.
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