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

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  3,555 Ratings  ·  213 Reviews
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 ...more
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Published March 23rd 2004 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published January 1st 1999)
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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.
Aug 28, 2012 Utami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 02, 2015 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. I picked this up for .10 at a yard sale, otherwise I probably never would have read it. I remember the movie from when I was younger, so I thought it could be a quick mindless read. It was pretty annoying though. For one thing, I disliked how the protagonist lied over the stupidest things just for the heck of it. Also, the author had a very juvenile writing style and the editing was horrendous. Definitely not reading the sequels.
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
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
May 29, 2009 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Louise Moore
Jun 08, 2015 Louise Moore rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I must admit, this was a lovely quick read. A real pick me up too.

I wanted to read this as an easy, light hearted read after I finished a serious book previously. It did not disappoint.

I finished this in 3 sittings. Outrageous and unbelievable, Lola keeps the humorous story line flowing with her tales of woe and triumph.

I was also interested in how it differed from the film staring Lindsay Lohan (I am a big fan of the film, a little bit of a guilty pleasure). The film has kept very true to the
Feb 28, 2017 Ludovica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” is one of my co-blogger’s favorite books, and even though I’ve already seen the movie with Lindsay Lohan, I decided to take a look at the source material, especially because Ella said the ending would be different from the film. I definitely wasn’t disappointed: “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” promises a light romp through the social jungle of high school life through the eyes of one eccentric teenager, and it definitely does deliver.

Alina K
Dec 11, 2016 Alina K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dyan Sheldon 's "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" was enjoyable to read although it was cliche in my opinion. I could almost predict what would happen in the next pages and it didn't make me excited to continue to read. It was interesting to read through and slowly get to know the characters' personalities. The main character named Lola has an 'enemy' that is definitely a drama queen and I can relate to how the other students would feel around her. She's quite the character. Also it was a j ...more
Mar 20, 2017 Khadija rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lola Cep is the new girl at Dellwood High school, or as she likes to call it (Deadwood). Originally from New York, Lola thinks, dresses, and is very different from most of the other studentes in New Jersey. When her favorite band, Sidhartha breaks up, Lola and new friend Ella do everything in their power to make it to their last concert while also proving Dellwoods' resident drama queen; Carla Santini. Witty, sarcastic, and told from the viewpoint of an adolescent. I'm giving it two stars becaus ...more
Feb 28, 2017 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The movie is so much better
Mar 07, 2017 Emmatran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good ^^
Carol Tran
Nov 24, 2010 Carol Tran rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: Movie

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
Dec 05, 2013 Janie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, schools
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?

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Apr 15, 2009 Tatiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 21, 2013 Jade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bailey Peyton
I'll admit I saw the movie way before I read the book. But the book proved to be obviously superior. Lola (Mary Elizabeth) moves to New Jersey from NYC (which looking at it now is hardly the end of the world, take a train, girl!!) and to her this is where dreams go to die. She makes friends with Ella St. Gerard, the girl from the cookie cutter side of the tracks, and makes enemies the IT girl of Dellwood High, Carla Santini. The usual high school shenanigans of trying to get the lead in the scho ...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
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
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
Everytime my Mom caught me reading this book (which is a lot), she always makes some comment about me being obsessed with this... well, whoever this teenage drama queen is.

I bought this book in the 6th grade or something and it became one of my favourite books ever!! When I was little I was exactly like Lola, or perhaps I only felt like it. I felt like I was the weird artsy girl who's better than everyone else. Incidentally Lola only has one friend who's super smart and nice just like my best fr
Aryanna 1 Sasser
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon is a exciting fun book about a teenage girl name loa that moves from the great big city of new York to the little town of deadwood she now has to make a great imprison on the people around her . But her only problem is Carla. Carla is that one person that has to do it all and dose it the perfect way. She is well favored by all her teachers and peers. But when it comes to trying out for the school play it is up to Loa to show the school that sh ...more
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
Jan 18, 2009 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sandy Yang
May 29, 2008 Sandy Yang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mila Argueta
Oct 29, 2013 Mila Argueta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-12
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
Jan 03, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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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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