Sunday, April 17, 2011

Dramarama by E. Lockhart

Sarah Paulson is stuck in a small Ohio town dreaming of making it big on Broadway. When she meets Demi at an audition for summer theater camp her life is changed forever, as is her name when Demi rechristens her Sadye.
Demi and Sadye become inseparable and count the days until they can leave Ohio for camp. Wildewood is a revelation to them both, but especially to Demi as he can be openly gay and completely himself with theater people. He's also extremely talented and lands parts in two big shows. Not Sadye. She is cast in small, insignificant (to her) parts and has fights with Demi about their dwindling friendship. As the summer wears on, Sadye learns much about her talents, her weaknesses and how to make the most of what you have.
Dramarama is smart, funny and immensely readable. Even if you don't care for musical theater or know much about it, E. Lockhart makes you care. This book would be perfect for teens who enjoy Glee or who are interested in reading something different from the paranormal love triangles or dystopian stories currently dominating YA lit. I think E. Lockhart is a brilliant writer who really knows how to portray realistic teen characters. I will be reading more of her books.

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