Saturday, 4 March 2017

Dramarama by E. Lockhart

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 320
Publisher: Hot Key Books 
Released: 9th of February 2017 

Two teen theatre-fanatics. One dream. And SUMMER DRAMA CAMP.

All-round theatre-enthusiast, Sarah - better known by her showbiz name, Sayde - is a girl with ambitions too big for the small and conventional town she lives in. Her life doesn't have the razzle-dazzle she craves. For once she wants to feel special, noticed and be the centre of attention.

This summer Sadye has her talents set on Wildewood's prestigious theatre summer camp. And with her best friend Demi - a flamboyant falsetto, who is equally thrilled to be leaving their small town of Brenton - they will both experience a season of hormones, hissy fits, jazz hands, song and dance, true love and unitards! But despite all the glitz and glam, there comes rivalry and competition, and Sadye will have to prove her talents more than she has ever had to before. 

Summer at Wildewood will not only determine Sadye's future - but will also test her friendships.

What I Have to Say 

There were a lot of things I liked about this book and some things that I didn't. It was a good book. It was well written and had a really interesting way of telling the story by turning to the micro-recorder transcripts at time. I liked the characters and the whole atmosphere of the drama camp. 

But it got really intense with all the emotions that Sadye was struggling. Even though the signs that she was struggling were there from fairly early on, it still felt a bit like the carpet was pulled out from under me half way through. Like the fun story of drama camp that I'd signed up for was suddenly not the story that I ended up reading. Though I did like the ending. It was fitting and I felt it suited Sadye really well. 

I liked Demi. A lot. He was fun and dramatic and a really great personality. And I know that gay men have a huge history in finding a place to exist in musical theatre. I don't want to deny that by what I say next. But I just feel that it would have been much cooler with a gay girl and a straight guy. It would have changed the expectations and shaken things up a bit. 

Overall though, it was a really good book. It had a lot of very intense emotions and important things to say. 

My thanks go to Hot Key Books for providing me with this copy for review. 

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