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Estelle: Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Drama by Raina Telgemeier ( website | tweet )
Publication Date: September 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic GRAPHIX
Pages: 240
Target audience: middle grade
Keywords: Broadway, theater, stage crew, LGBT
Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!)

Summary: Callie, a Broadway buff, is working behind-the-scenes of her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi. As if working on the show isn’t dramatic enough, the older boy she likes won’t talk to her, she sort of likes another boy but can’t tell if he likes her back, and her little brother is going to drive her crazy.

I am absolutely giddy in love with Raina Telgemeier’s work.

Drama is the first graphic novel I’ve ever read and while it only took me about an hour to get through it, I couldn’t stop going back and smiling over the details in these colorful scenes and how perfectly Raina has been able to capture the middle school experience.

And for the theater lovers, finally: a book that celebrates those dear people who work on the stage crew, the kookiness that ensues, the intertwining love stories, budget constraints and trying to actually get people to the shows. (Plus the book was divided in Acts with an Intermission – such a cute set up.)

Callie is a theater dork in a way that I geek out over theater and books and Disney. She cannot contain her love of the performing arts and I love that about her. She doesn’t give a crap what other people think and good for her. Embrace what you love, Callie, and don’t let that go. She also falls for boys pretty easily and gee, don’t we all remember being like that in 8th grade? If it wasn’t one boy it was another. Raina’s creation of Callie’s wide eyes in particular scenes brought such comedy to the page. It was only one of the many small details that made such an impact. (I also loved the attention paid to Callie’s bedroom. You can learn so much more about a character’s background without reading words.)

Raina also does a great job of integrating a crew of multi-cultural kids (I came from a very diverse middle school so this was great to see) and also blending in a variety of characters with different sexual preferences. As I read more and more books that include LGBT characters, I am so inclined to hug these writers who are so keen on depicting TRUE life.

I can only describe Drama as a total delight. It has surprising depth but doesn’t weigh down the flow of the story or even the lighter moments. There are so many details to look at and take in when it comes to this novel, and I could see myself flipping through it again and again and always finding something new to love. The awesome illustrations and bright colors paired with a sweet story make Drama a highlight in anyone’s book pile.

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May 6, 2014 - 6:33 pm

naya - love this book im totally doing this for a book project

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August 23, 2012 - 10:32 pm

elena - This sounds like such an Estelle book! It sounds really delightful and I’m glad you loved it so much. Hooray for enthusiasm and bright colours!

August 23, 2012 - 1:13 am

Kristen - I don’t read graphic novel’s very often. I don’t really like them for the most part, to be honest. However, the cover of this book totally made me crack a smile just looking at it (SO cute), and your review makes me want to check it out. 🙂

August 22, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Sophia - I’ve never read a graphic novel, but this one sounds like a great one to start with! It sounds super cute and I’m glad the illustrations are enjoyable. The set up does sound really cute, with acts and the intermission. How clever! :3 Lovely review, Estelle. Glad you loved this one! 🙂

August 22, 2012 - 11:51 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I was total theater geek in high school and college. Theater was and still is one of my favorite things in the world – and any book that highlights that sort of passion is DEFINITELY something up my alley!

August 22, 2012 - 9:50 am

April Books & Wine - I totally have a copy of Drama from BEA and the publicist totally sold it to me and this solidifies it. I am totally going to read Drama this weekend! 🙂

I love books about kids who are super enthusiastic or passionate about something.

And graphic novels, always my favorite!

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