May 3, 2009

Review: Dramarama by E. Lockhart

At the tail end of her junior year in high school Sarah Paulson auditions for Wildewood Academy for the Performing Arts Summer Institute program (Drama Camp) and gets accepted. During the audition she meets Douglas Howard, Jr. otherwise known as Demi. Demi then dubs the name Sarah too boring and christens her Sadye and soon the two outcasts become inseparable friends.

Off to Wildewood the pair goes where they are quickly caught up in the dance, voice and acting classes while rehearsing for the end of summer stage shows. As Demi’s star begins to soar Sadye has to come to terms with the fact that her talent doesn’t hold up when compared to the more experienced students at Wildewood. Things get even worse for her as the bond with Demi starts to weaken when he sheds his reserved exterior and no longer has to hide his gay lifestyle from others.

Sadye’s unhappiness begins to show in the way she begins to question her teachers and in the way she treats her new friends. Soon her behavior threatens her friendship with Demi and her enrollment at Wildewood but can she reign it in before it’s too late?

The title, the cover and the product description led me to believe this would be one cute book but I was really disappointed. Dramarama had little drama and lots of nagging. Sadye doesn’t endear herself to readers with all the complaining. She’s in drama camp and she’s there to learn yet she has the nerve to confront her instructions one of whom is a Broadway director? Can you say improbable?

Another annoying thing is the fact that for a YA novel there is some questionable content about sex (nothing graphic but it still surprised me) and teen drinking. It was discussed nonchalantly. Typically when I see those subjects in teen books readers get the sense that the characters understand sex and drinking is taboo at their age not something cool to do.

Overall I say pass on this one unless you’re a huge theater fan. I think all the references to Broadway shows and the camp life would override the Sadye’s personality.


Ladytink_534 said...

Love this cover but I'll have to skip this one as it sounds like Sadye's personality would really, really get on my nerves.

bermudaonion said...

I love the title of this one - too bad it doesn't live up to it's promise.