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Drama Queens in the House

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  13 reviews
All of Jessie's world is a stage, and she's determined to become a player, in Drama Queens in the House by Julie Williams.

Sixteen-year-old Jessie Jasper Lewis doesn't remember a time in her life when she wasn't surrounded by method actors, bright spotlights, and feather boas. Her parents started the Jumble Players Theater together, and theater is the glue that holds her cr
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Roaring Brook Press
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Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The newest YA novel by Julie Williams is the sensitive, amusing, and engaging story of sixteen-year-old Jessie Jasper Lewis; a girl who, along with others in her life, embody the types of diversity that may be reflected in some of our own lives. But believe me, you won’t soon forget the remarkable and unique characters that make up the members of Jessie's immediate and extended family. I envy Jessie for having these talented, giving, entertaining, and ultimately loving people in her life.

But Jes
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
This has LGBT characters, POC characters, LGBT POC characters, and the theater. How in God's name did this go wrong?! In a lot of ways. A diverse, close family full of LGBT and POC people were nowhere near enough to save this little (read: 432-page book that is overlong) book from being DNFed.

Well, let's start with Jessie herself. She's a fifteen-year-old biracial high school graduate whose narrative is peppered with an average of three or four CAPS LOCKED words on each page. Some have none and
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Drama Queens in the House, Julie Williams does a wonderful job telling the story of Jesse, a young girl who is struggling to find herself in the midst of her family – a mixed-up group of characters – and all of their drama. With the backdrop of the theater, Jesse is faced with dealing with her parents separating, her dad coming to terms with being gay, the prediction of the end of the world and so much more – all while figuring out where she fits in. Drama is an understatement!

One thing I lo
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Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sixteen-year-old Jessie must come to terms with a perfect storm of events that threaten to destroy her world, just as she’s trying to figure out where she fits, and what she really wants. She tries desperately to keep her family together, and almost loses her own way. Jessie’s parents own a theatre, an apt backdrop for this loveable, haphazard family and extended family of theatre friends, musicians and crazy relatives, all beautifully brought to life by Williams. This delightful YA novel handle ...more
Jessie comes from a family of actors. Her parents own a theater in Minneapolis and she decides to spend a year learning stage production, costuming and script writing after she graduates from high school at sixteen. That is until she walks in on her father having an affair with the hunky costumer. Gay characters in theaters are almost cliché, but Jessie finds it really difficult to reconcile her father’s new relationship, let alone understand her mother’s reaction to this news. Her life turns up ...more
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Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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Jessie is a talented sixteen-year-od who is struggling to discover her place in the world. Growing up in the theatre, to say Jessie is surrounded by drama is an understatement! When Jessie discovers her father is cheating on her mother with another man, her safe world comes apart. Jessie’s mom retreats from everyone, including Jessie, who is left to deal with the issues alone. How should she deal with her parents’ separation/divorce? How can she come to terms with her dad being gay? Is her relig ...more
Jenni Frencham
Williams, Julie. Drama Queens in the House. Roaring Brook Press, 2014.

Jessie's family owns and runs a theater company, and they are happily celebrating Jessie's early graduation from high school when she discovers that her dad is cheating on her mom ... with a man. Jessie spends a tumultuous year adjusting to a new family dynamic and trying to discover her place in the world.

I really liked the premise of this book, and I love that the narrator is a POC, but the book isn't just about the Jessie's
Apr 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Fifteen year old Jessie just graduated from high school and is hoping something exciting happens in her life. Raised in a theater family, her home is a mix of talent, races and abilities. Her big graduation party is a huge success until she catches her dad cheating on her mom, with a man. Now everything is different. Within a few weeks, Dad and his boyfriend have moved back in and are living in the attic, mom may be having a fling with an old friend, a crazy aunt sends missionaries to their home ...more
Apr 16, 2014 added it
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I can't do it, you guys. I literally read 10 pages of this and had to put it down. The voice was driving me batttshhhitttt. The protagonist is shouty in ALL-CAPS multiple times on each page. Plus, she is supposed to be 16 but the voice feels like she's twelve.

If you CAN handle the voice, the protagonist is a POC, and there is GLBT topics too, which is completely awesome. But it was just...not for me.
There were some awesome themes running through this story but it's way too over the top to be taken seriously. It also seemed to go on for about 1,000 years. I finally had to skim through the last little bit, just to get it over with.

I think this book had the potential to be awesome, but it got lost in the convoluted maze of characters and their massive issues.
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Minty McBunny
May 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014, may-2014
I found nothing to like about this book. The narrator's voice felt contrived, all the diversity felt forced and many of the characters were just one dimensional cliches.
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