Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Dramarama by E. Lockhart

I recommend this book for: high school

Sarah lives in a boring small town in Ohio but longs for glamour. She fills up her lonely hours with watching musicals and tap lessons, trying to find a release for the "lurking bigness" inside her. Then she goes to an audition for a summer theatre camp and meets Demi - a boy who plays as straight as they come at school but really likes boys and Liza Minelli. From the day of the audition, they're inseperable, and Sarah (now dubbed Sadye) knows they're destined for stardom. They go to camp together convinced their dreams are all about to come true, using a tape recorder to document the experience "for posterity."

Now of course, drama camp isn't that easy - there's always rivalry, backstabbing, romantic tension, big fights, poor directing, and huge decisions to deal with, as well as a colorful array of characters. I loved every minute of reading this book, and every time I was compelled to put it down, I walked away wondering what would happen next. The climax was one I definitely didn't predict, and although I was disappointed at first, the ending turned out to be perfect. This is a fantastic read for teens who love theatre (it does help to be somewhat familiar with Guys and Dolls, although Lockhart does a good job of explaining the necessary points) or anyone who is curious about what happens behind the scenes. Fun fun fun!

Note: There is a good bit of profanity, some teen drinking, and mention of sex in this book. Don't say I didn't warn you!

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