30 June 2012
Drama; Raina Telgemeier
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Graphic novels aren't my thing, but Drama makes it work for me. Set in Middle School, at a time when girls are discovering boys (and vice versa... and boys are discovering boys and girls are discovering girls) and all those formerly understood relationships are now filled with DRAMA, Callie's confusing over Greg and Justin and Jesse and Max were very real.
The title has the additional meaning of drama in the theatrical sense, as Callie, her BFF Liz and other friends are members of the theatre club. The school is putting on a musical, and Callie is the set designer (her interest in making a working on-stage cannon is a bit ambitious!).
Because this is a graphic novel, the author (and illustrator) can show both types of drama, rather than telling, which works really well here. I can see middle grade readers responding to the panels based on their own experience, rather than being told how to respond by the author's words
ARC provided by publisher.