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Dramarama by E. Lockhart
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Feb 21, 11

bookshelves: ya-fiction

Beautiful, heart-breaking, and funny, all at once.

It felt very strange to read this so soon after reading Louise Rennison's Withering Tights, which shares the same basic concept (tall teenage girl goes to a performing arts summer camp, realizes she's not as talented as a lot of the people around her, and struggles with love and friendship and self worth), with totally different results. Dramarama is a black comedy, with a lot of sadness and some scenes that were really painful to read (in a good way - this book is beautifully written) despite all the humor and fun laced through it; Withering Tights is a laugh-out-loud comedy, effervescent, light and feel-good, albeit with some real issues underneath that make the heroine feel real and worth caring about.

Still, both of them are now on my list of Best Summer Camp Books Ever, along with Sara Ryan's Empress of the World.
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