Author: Raina Telgemeier
Date(s) read: March 7, 2013
Genre: MG Graphic Novel
Source: Library (Paperback)
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!
After reading Raina Telgemeier’s awesome book Smile, which brought back memories of my own youth, I knew I had to read more of her graphic novels. Seeing that a lot of people were recommending Drama, I picked it up to give it a try.
I loved that this story had the same kind of feel as the first book I had read. I still love Raina’s illustrations and that they’re so bright and colourful, and fun to look at. I liked the idea of the story’s setting being around a theatre class in school — though, I really couldn’t identify with it myself since I really wasn’t a drama person in school.
I think part of the charm of the first book, of Smile, was that the main character was Raina. It was so interesting to kind of connect with the author through the things she had to go through as a child. In Drama, we get Callie, who looks quite similar to Raina. I had wished that they were the same character in both books, since I felt slightly disconnected with this story.
I did like that this story revolves around first loves and the shyness that surrounds it. It also deals with coming out of your shell and trying something new, even if you’re scared to try it. But I felt like a lot of the themes were too neatly tied up, whereas in real life they would probably be more complicated. Still, it’s a very short, easy read, so if you’re looking for something to read in a short amount of time, this could be a nice one to try.
I am definitely interested in trying out more of Raina’s work, but I do think that Smile will remain the favourite for me.