Monday, March 17, 2014

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: DRAMA BY RAINA TELEGMEIER

Book: Drama
Author: Raina Telegmeier
Publisher: GRAPHIX, 2012
Rating: ****/5 STARS
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Synopsis:
After seeing Les Mis when she was younger, Callie, a middle school girl joins the production team for her school's musical of Moon Over Mississippi. With all of the interesting aspects of designing the set, Callie also comes across love drama which is handled in very witty and real way.
Review:

The only graphic novel I have read is Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life and I loved it for the Toronto references. I was recommended Drama by the teacher librarian at one of the schools I work at and I took it home over the March Break and loved every single page of it.

While the plot is predictable and reads like a Degrassi script, you can't help but love the characters. I constantly saw myself in Callie in several different parts of the book. My absolute favourite part was when Jesse and Justin's dad was driving the three of them to the bookstore and she asks about what they were like as kids (I literally laughed aloud through the whole scene).

I could feel for Callie with her boy trouble as I have experienced the same sort of issues but never all at once. I never understood the whole having three guys liking you at the same time while being twelve-years-old. For sake of the plot though, it made for some laughs and some sympathy from the reader.

I give Drama by Raina Telegmeier 4/5 stars because it was funny and the reader could sympathize well with the character. If there are more graphic novels out there like this one, I will definitely read them!

Have you read any graphic novels lately? Let me know which ones you like in the comments.

Happy reading,

Tara

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