Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen
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Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen (Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen #1)

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  2,329 ratings  ·  167 reviews
Mary Elizabeth, a.k.a. Lola, is accustomed to playing the starring role in the fascinating production that is her life. Her pottery-making single mom and bratty twin sisters are merely bit players in Lola's dramatic existence. But all this changes when she is forced to move from her beloved Manhattan to the boring suburbs of New Jersey. According to Lola, "living in the su...more
Published (first published January 1st 1999)
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Utami
My friends say that I'm such a drama queen. And that's why I was interested to read this book.

Oh WOW, Lola is a REAL drama queen. Me is nothing compares to her.

So the girl in this book is actually named Mary Elizabeth, but she preferred to be called (and asked everyone to call her) as Lola. She loves drama. And thinking that ordinary life is not for her, she creates drama of her own life. For example, instead of telling the truth to Ella (her best, and seems to be her only) friend about her par...more
Emma
Mar 05, 2013 Emma marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I had to rush straight to my computer to write this!! I just purchased a copy of Dyan Sheldon's: Confessions of a Teenage Drama queen for 20p from a local charity shop!!! whooooop!! I'll be completely honest with you, I fell in love with the movie, purchased the dvd and can quote every line (YES... IT'S THAT ADDICTIVE!) but I never knew that it was based on a book! I never knew the novel was out there *smacks hand* I stood in awe looking at it before I grabbed it. The film was amazing, and Linds...more
PurplyCookie
Mary Elizabeth, a.k.a. Lola, is accustomed to playing the starring role in the fascinating production that is her life. Her pottery-making single mom and bratty twin sisters are merely bit players in Lola's dramatic existence. But all this changes when she is forced to move from her beloved Manhattan to the boring suburbs of New Jersey. According to Lola, "living in the suburbs is like being dead, only with cable TV and pizza delivery." The worst part is that someone has already snagged the cove...more
Liz (Consumed by Books)
I read this book a couple of years ago as Disney made a movie out of it, and if a book has been made into a movie, I like to try and read the book first. I have mixed feelings about this book. The movie is cute, and there are some basic ideas in place which are fun, but I thought the execution was poor.

Lola was a huge challenge for me as a character in both the book and the movie. In each she came across as melodramatic and self-centered. I don't remember the ending of the book, but by the end o...more
Margaret
3.30 average rating?? Oh come on, people! This book was outrageously funny! So what if this book will never be required reading in high schools or that it will never be remembered as a vital work of literature? That was never the author's intent. This is just a fun story about a shallow girl who can't stop lying and/or looking for drama. Besides, did I mention it's funny?? Sheesh, this book gets an easy 5 stars purely for A- NOT putting on its "literary airs" and B- Simply being a fun read.
Kristine
Mary Elizabeth (Lola) is a unique girl. She wants to be famous and she wants to be notice. When she moves to New Jersey, she puts on quite a show to get what she wants: the Queen Bee status. When she befriends Ella Gerard, the two of them come up with some pretty sneaky plans to become popular. Will Lola get what she wants? Or will she just get Ella into trouble?

This book literally made me laugh out loud. I think it's a great book for just laughs. I do advise that there is some language usage in...more
Courtney Mower
I loved the movie when I was younger so when I saw this in a second hand bookshop on holiday over Easter I couldn't resist. However this is actually one of the rare occasions I prefer the adapted movie of the book to the book itself. The writing style was slightly grating, however I suppose it is aimed at a slightly younger age range so that might explain it. I could have forgiven that though had I empathised with Lola, however for not one second of the novel did I care about Lola in the slighte...more
Jade
When I started to read this book I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy it as I had already seen the film and thought maybe I would remember the film and know what happened before I got to the end. Luckily this wasn't the case as it had been so long since I saw the film.

The book is from the perspective of Lola who's life is full of drama, or so she makes it seem that way. With the school play coming she are rival Carla are both desperate to get the lead and they will do anything to get what they...more
Tatiana
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Jacobmartin
This book made me care about a high school student. That's rare. In my experience teenagers are inhuman monsters who should be forced to work on a farm until they're twenty and have some compassion and mercy. But this book made me feel actual emotions for this flawed, female lead character. She's MTV Daria level flawed but for completely different reasons. If Daria was flawed because she wouldn't try new things, and was miserable, Lola is flawed because she's totally overdramatic and lies to peo...more
Carol Tran
Nov 28, 2010 Carol Tran rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: Movie
SuMmArY

Mary Elizabeth Cep, or Lola Cep, as she prefers to be called, is a major drama queen who loves to act and be her creative artistic self. However, when she and her family move to Dellwood, New Jersey, it's an entirely different story. In New York, which is her hometown and where she belongs, Lola has had the spotlight nearly all her life. She longs to be a famous actress one day. Dellwood, or Deadwood, as Lola had dubbed it, is boring and not filled with excitement like Lola is used to. Bu...more
Mercedez alexis  stone-johnson
Its about this girl named lola she moved to a new town and this popular girl starts to be mean to her because she is hanging out with the geek of the school. Then they both waanted the same part in a school play and lola got it. then there was this party it was this poet's party they both thought he was cute so the mean girl was going to be there and she thought lola wasnt then they found the poet getting kicked out of his own party and followed him into the dumpster.Then the took him to the cof...more
Janie
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
by Dyan Sheldon

"High school has always been this stressful, but rarely this hilarious." --BOOKLIST (starred review)
More famous than ever after hitting the silver screen, the ever-dramatic Lola Cep is still in the spotlight -- vying with Born-to-Win, Born-to-Run-Everything Carla Santini to snag the lead in the high school play. Can Lola survive Carla's attempts at retaliation? Once the curtain goes up, which drama queen will take center stage?

Confessions of a...more
Mackenzie
Kay, so I picked this book up under the impression that it'd be good. I got it a few years ago and about halfway through I realized that I'd already read this book when I first got it. So whatever, I finished it anyways.

It's about Lola Cep and her quest to bring uniqueness and hope to the poor souls in Dellwood, New Jersey. She sets herself on the mission of taking down the most popular girl in the entire school, Carla Santini. Everyone knows you don't mess with Carla and come out scarless. Lola...more
Kristen Wampner
Book Cover: I like the original book cover however not the biggest fan of the movie tie in cover. NO STAR

Author: Dyan Sheldon did a wonderful job in creating this story of this teenage drama queen and all she goes through and feels towards others etc. *STAR*

Story: This is a chick flick read about a daring girl who is willing to go at any length to get what she wants. There is both a feeling of determination, self empowerment, and bratyness to it. 1/2 star

Characters: This story is a modern day st...more
Amanda Sheila
Seriously, Lola (or Mary?) really needs to build a bridge and GET OVER IT. :)))

This book made reevaluate my life. Once I've been a drama-queen and told my friends about non-existent boyfriend—really convincingly if I may add. Trust me, it was fun at first but then it got so tiring. And Lola's life is unpleasant, according to me. Please don't do this to yourself, girls.

Overall this book os awesome. I loved it. Really teaches us about real life—high school life. Definitely worth to read.
Briana
I was bored and needed something to read, so I took this from my sister's shelf. I read it, and it was mildly interesting, but overall, it annoyed me. I hate books where the main character is JUST. SO. CLUELESS. And the main character drove me insane. She was just too obsessed with her favorite band to even think straight. I could rant more about this book, but I've already blocked it from memory. I gave it one extra star just because I liked the best friend.
Shannon
This book is about a teenage drama queen called Mary Elizabeth or as she prefers Lola. Lola used to live in New York but her selfish mother made her come to New Jersey's Boring Deadwood! But Lola is able to reinvent herself! She can be anyone she wants to be! So she is Lola the mysterious, actress! She soon makes friends with Ella, the boring girl who lives by her mother's rules. But soon she becomes more exciting!
As soon as Lola meets Carla Santini she knows for sure that she could be a probl...more
Georgia Wells
I read this book about a year ago I think, so this review is quite late but never mind! I read the book once and overall, I would class it as one of my 'easy reads' meaning the storyline is pretty easy to follow and I can usually get through it in 1 - 3 days. Seeing as I got it free in a magazine, it wasn't actually that bad. The film to it is okay as well, if a little cringey at times. But I'd just say an average book, nothing particularly special.
Beth
Mary Elizabeth "Call me Lola" Cep is the new girl atDellwood High in NJ. A star at her old school in New York, shediscovers the role of drama queen at Dellwood is already taken - by her soon-to-be rival Carla Santini. The two girls vie for the same part at auditions for the school play, and compete for invitations to a party given by THE band of the minute.

This is a funny, funny story. Sheldon is dead on with her insights into teen fashion and pop culture, high school social hierarchy, and pare...more
Mila Argueta
Lola, against her desires moves from New York City to the suburbs. There she gains a grand nemesis, a best friend, and a habit of dramatizing her life. As she settles into the new way of life, she faces the breakup of her favorite band, a fight for the main role in the school play, and an intense rival with the queen and dictator of the school. In the end, she meets and interacts with the significant characters, in very unexpected ways that truly changes her outlook on friendship, parenting, and...more
Cindy
This book is about how this girl name Lola was forced to move from her home in New york to the suburb in New Jersey. Lola loved to dream about things and is really a drama-queen. in her high school, their is this popular kid name Carla. she was pretty and popular. Lola wants to be friends with her, but she hated her instead. and their was this play in her high school and she wants to outshine Carla. Lola really wanted to go to a concert in New York to see her dream lover singer, Stu. She wants t...more
Alanahlovesbooks
This book is such an amazing book, and it makes the reader think what is going to happen.

Mary Elizabeth Cep (or Lola, as she prefers to be called) longs to be in the spotlight. But when she moves to New Jersey with her family and becomes a student at Dellwood "Deadwood" High, Lola finds the role of resident drama queen already filled, by the Born-to-Win, Born-to-Run-Everything Carla Santini. Carla has always gotten everything she wants — until Lola comes along and snags the lead in the school p...more
Sandy Yang
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
Dyan Sheldon
Scholastic Inc., 2004, 272 pp.
ISBN 0-439-65376-2

I've never met anyone more dramatic. Lola, the protagonist, has just moved to New Jersey with her family. Being the new student, she decides to shine on stage, to fit in with the school. With her crazy style and sense of humor, Lola has to overcome competitions with the most popular girl in her school. Things are sour, a girly read for those who love drama. This book is funny, and can change your vie...more
2KiaraP
Sep 26, 2011 2KiaraP is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The characters in the story " Confesion Of A Teenage Drama Queeen " are Mary Elizabeth Cep who prefers to be called Lola ,

The key points in the story is when Lola's mother is moving. Lola, her mother and two younger sisters live in New York and so does their father but Lola's mom and dad are no longer in a realationship so Lola's mom want let Lola stay living in New York with him. When Lola an her family gets to Bullwood she doen't like the view there's lots of tree and she sees no people. Ther...more
Krish
So I picked this book up at the thrift store - thinking it might be a good summer read for my daughter (since she is a drama queen!), and it's set in New Jersey to boot.

The main character, Lola, is not a good friend, she's manipulative and she lies too much. Her best friend, Ella, on the other hand, is a bit more mysterious. I was compelled to read the sequel (My Perfect Life) to get to know her better. The antagonist, Carla Santini, is satisfyingly viscious.

There are some interesting subplots...more
Vanessa
I was actually really surprised how much this was like the movie! Cause normally adaptations are so different, but I really like both the movie and the book! Lola's a bit of a crazy character but really lovable :)
The Reading Countess
Junk food for the mind. That's what I always try to warn my students to not read too much of. And yet, I am guilty of choosing and then reading the biggest piece of junk food yet. Admittedly, Dyan Sheldon has written one terrific voice in her main character, Lola. She is strong and spunky, if not a little narcissistic (...but what high school girl isn't?) The strong character wasn't enough to warrant my thumbs up, though. Will I put it in my classroom library? Yes. Some girls want a little popc...more
Briana
I liked this book because it's about teen drama and that's the genre I like. It was about a girl how moved from New York to New Jersy and she doesn't like it and has to go to school there, finds her father and gains and loses friends. I give this book a B- because in was good but not to die for. If I were the author I would have added more details and more drama into the book. I'd say a theme for this book is "Don't judge a book by it's cover" because when she moved to New Jersy she was always j...more
Karla
Do you think its good to follow your dreams no matter what? Confessions of a Tennage Drama Queen is a really funny book about a girl with big dreams of becoming an actor.Lola Cep is the very unique main charcter.She loves acting and tries out for the school play "Pymagolion".Lola aims to get the leading role but that isnt okay with Carla Santini(the princess of the school).Carla sabotoges her life by getting tickets to Lola's favorite band's farewell concert and an invitation to the after party....more
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Dyan Sheldon is the author of many novels for young adult readers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN, which was made into a major motion picture. American by birth, she lives in North London.
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