Graphic Novel Review: Drama

Graphic Novel Review: DramaDrama by Raina Telgemeier
Published by GRAPHIX on September 1st 2012
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 233


Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can't really sing. Instead she's the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

Plot: Callie absolutely loves the theatre, especially musicals. What she learned early on though, was that she couldn’t sing, so she became a part of the set crew. When she meets a set of twin brothers who want to help with the musical, she finds herself falling for one of them and then drama ensues. I am in love with Raina’s beautiful graphic novels. Her books tell a bit of her own past as a drama geek, only adding some twists to the story. The story is well-written and really shows being gay as something that is not that big of a deal.

Characters: Callie is your average middle school girl. She is struggling with who she is and has an unrequited crush throughout the story. The other characters in this book are so life like and just like people you would meet in middle school. From the mean girl who gets the lead role, to the boy who only wants to be with you after his first choice is taken away, it has a wide variety of true characters.
Graphics: I love the full color graphic novel format. I also love that this was told in the format of a play with different acts, intermission, etc.The character designs are so spot on with their personalities and I really love Raina’s style.
Final Verdict: Raina writes some of the best graphic novels I have read and will entice more girls into reading graphic novels.
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3 responses to “Graphic Novel Review: Drama

  1. I really enjoyed this book too especially the lovely colors and artwork. I don’t read many graphic novels but the premise for this one was too good to pass up.

  2. booktasty

    I was pretty excited about reading Drama but in the end I didn’t LOVE it like I LOVED Smile. It was good, but Smile was just amazing! 🙂 But I agree her graphic novels are fun and they definitely entice girls into graphic novels (as displayed at my school!).

  3. Brian

    The book really good, and has a lot of trust and turns to it, which makes it more interesting. Callie should pick who her true love is, and should pick the one would the true heart.

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