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Drama Dolls: A Novel

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  25 reviews
From the author of the critically acclaimed cult novel, ANONYMOUS, comes a dark, psychological, suspenseful thriller about love and loss.

Meet Jeffrey.

Jeffrey is turning forty. He has a good job, a loving wife, and a beautiful house. When the love of his life passes suddenly, his seemingly normal world turns upside down.

The sudden death, along with his midlife crisis, cause
Paperback, 1, 264 pages
Published October 2nd 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published October 1st 2015)
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Jennifer Kirkwood (Levac)
This is an odd, very bizarre novel, I mean it in a good way of course. At first I wasn't sure about it, I was thrown off with who was who and the fact that two of the drama dolls are men dressed up as cheerleaders made it confusing for names. Once I figured out who was who I started to get into the story. This is a story of Jeff, who recently lost his wife. Jeff is grieving but in a different way then most. He meets Lena in a counseling group, she lost her husband. Jeff has meet William who like ...more
Rebecca Gransden
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book had me in two minds. Two minds about Jeffrey, about drama, and about extremity. Jeffrey is what could be called a normal man who responds in the most normal and suitable manner possible when a spouse dies, by finding the deep end and prancing all over it while doing star jumps. Desperate star jumps. Mascara stained, crusty wigged star jumps. It is a reaction as valid as any when it comes to grief and Jeffrey’s spiralling is at the heart of this book.

The writing is vibrant, terse, caust
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Reading this book makes you feel really empty, the grief that Jeffery is going through can't help but affect you. I have no idea how I would deal with a loss like Jeffery experiences, I expect I would spiral out of control too. Jeffery's friends are doing their best to help him deal with his grief, dressing up as cheerleaders and carrying out robberies, but things are quickly gaining momentum and getting out of their control.

The book is well written, at times you can see the influence from Chuck
Leo Robertson
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love child of Chuck Palahniuk and Charles Bukowski? Maybe. One of those children that’s stressful to look after because they’re clearly surpassing you in every way.

Neither Palahniuk nor Bukowski have created characters I’ve felt sympathy for. (To put it mildly. Neither have written books I’ve enjoyed either. Because they are not good writers. So that’s cleared that up!)

Sure, the narrative is wild, but so is grief, and the protagonist’s actions are a metaphor for this. Yet the narrative is delive
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know what to expect going into this novel - knowing little more than it was described as transgressive fiction & it had a cheerleader on the cover. Well, it certainly fits squarely into the transgressive category and definitely features a lot of cheerleaders - but not the type we are used to seeing.

Drama Dolls is a slow motion train wreck that right until the last quarter of the book slowly unpacks the layers of reason behind why Jeffrey dresses up as a cheer leader and breaks into
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is exactly as described - Dark, Suspenseful, Fast-paced, Exhilarating. A very emotional subject to broach and kudos to Jason for ambitiously (and successfully) doing so with humour.

Jeffrey is seriously on a downward spiral and he doesn't care. He knows people are pointing and laughing, and still he doesn't care. He is coping in his own way. And he has his friends helping him to distract from his grief. As the story unfolds, quickly, we see how far down Jeffrey is travelling, just to co
This book is like no other book I've ever read.
A man who looses his wife ends up with a split personality. The empty shell of the man who was left behind and his alter ego a mysterious robber.
Strange but addictive 4*

*An advanced copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

So here's an interesting question for contemplation: Is there such a thing as a "standard" bizarro novel, and is it even possible to have such a definition? After all, part of what marks this underground literary genre is that it consists of books that are the most out-there out of all of them, strange and
Nick Rossi
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you want to release a novel that maintains readers' interests, it'd better have a LOT going on. Throw in a car chase, some crimes (both of the high and low kind), and some flawed heroes and you've got the key ingredients for modern fiction. Instead of losing his voice amongst conventions and familiarity, author Jason Tanamor puts a signature spin on a high-octane thriller and makes it both funny AND intense. Now that's a combination that's extremely rare these days.

In Drama Dolls, Tanamor ha
Nadia Gerassimenko
The opening of Drama Dolls is executed in a very intriguing and masterful fashion. The story begins with two girls jumping on bed somewhat awkwardly without particularly having too much fun doing so, oddly enough. The reader soon realizes that they’re not quite girls—they’re dolls rummaging through someone else’s private property, treating themselves to things they see of value to them. The reader becomes baffled by learning that they’re not dolls after all but women wearing cheerleader uniforms ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My original Drama Dolls audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Not sure where to start with this review as I'm still processing this book long after I have finished it. I am finding it difficult to write this mostly because  it was an extremely intense listen. This does not mean that I didn't enjoy every minute of this book. This is definitely a dark story that starts off a little confusing as you try to digest which character goes with which alter ego, but once it g
Masood Vahdani
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Drama Dolls by Jason Tanamor is a very engaging, and extremely well-written book. The story, without spoilers, is a psychological thriller about Jeffry who is a recently widowed middle-age white collar. He is trying to make sense of the world around him following the death of his wife, only to befriend Lena who is also widowed. Lena, trying to help Jeffery, and maintaining her high standard life style, asks the help of another friend William. The trio forms a burglary team to steal from the hous ...more
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jason Tanamor's Drama Dolls is a fast paced and hilarious dark comedy that takes you into the deepest parts of the demented psyche. One of the things that Tanamor gets right is that he humanizes a man that everyone else might call a freak. People are fascinated by strange things and shocking stories. Just look at TLC, a channel that is known for producing shows like "My Strange Addiction". The network is popular and well known because people love freaks! They're viewed as entertainment, somethin ...more
Rabid Reader
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
A strange but fascinating book. Drama Dolls is a very well written story dealing with the unusual way a middle aged man, Jeffrey, tries to deal with the death of his wife, and the slow devolution of his psyche. It is poignant and thought provoking, not only dealing with the strange and detrimental effects that grief can have on an individual, but also with themes of friendship, acceptance, depression, intolerance and deviations from the norm. Dressing as teenage cheerleaders and hiding behind ma ...more
Martin Stanley
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Jason Tanamor's novel is an interesting and somewhat strange tale of a grieving man who dresses as a cheerleader to rob other people's homes. Overall it is a well-written story, but there are occasions when Tanamor overwrites and distracts (this particular reader) out of the tale. One such event occurs early on, as Jeffrey/Brittney and his friend Barb are making their getaway from a burglary; the story momentarily changes POV and briefly latches on to a couple of Chinese restaurant workers havin ...more
Ally Grady
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a beautifully written novel for being such a dark themed story. You almost feel sorry for Jeffrey, and you justify his actions because of what he is going through.

During the course of the plot, readers cheer him on, even though he is robbing houses to keep him sane.

And although Jeffrey's actions are self-serving, readers discover the true reason behind his motives.

The author does a fantastic job keeping the reader engaged in order to deliver the ending in a way that the reader never
Megan (ReadingRover)
This book was an interesting take on dealing with grief. However, I found it to be misrepresented. It was labeled as a dark, suspenseful, psychological thriller. Yes, it was dark but in no way was it suspenseful or a psychological thriller. There was no suspense whatsoever. It was more like a dark contemporary novel about grief and loss.
It's about a man, Jeffrey, whose wife suddenly dies and the ways he attempts to cope with his grief. He and his friends dress up as adult cheerleader dolls and
Gian Andrea
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Since Bukowski and Palahniuk have been two of my favourite authors and of great influence over my work, after reading the review of Drama Rolls by Publishers Weekly I was genuinely eager to get started with this one book here - promising myself I'd be as weel impartial as accurate when it comes to my own review.
And honest I am, I like the story - better, the idea behind it - I really do, as I like everything that shakes your consciouness and makes you want to shut your eyes or throw the book aw
Kirsty Noah-whitlock
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Drama dolls is quite a bizarre novel about how Jeffrey copes with losing his wife. Bit of a mixed review with this one. I Will be honest it took me quite a while to get used to the name changes and until I did I didn't really enjoy it. As I worked out who was who it did get better. However, I must say the ending blew me away and definitely made up for what I struggled to enjoy. Fantastic twist. xx
Elena Alvarez Dosil
I was offered a copy of this book in audio format in exchange for an honest review.

Jeffrey loses his wife and takea comfort in his little group of friends, who call themselves the Drama Dolls and spend their evenings dressed as cheerleaders to burglarize houses on the market to be sold.

It took me a while to get into the story due to the writer's style. It was not that it was not told in a correct way, just that it was confusing at times. This is the story about how Jeffrey copes with his pain, a
Saradia Chatterjee
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are books which entertain without making any kind of impact on the reader. Then there are books which have a lasting effect on the reader's mind. Drama Dolls belongs to the second kind. Jeffrey's tragedy is excruciating. He is going through a phase which is a reality in the lives of many people. The image of suffering is so vivid that knowledge of Jeffrey's trauma will immediately make you want to participate in his friend's maneuvers and attempt to help him. A psychological thriller must ...more
Vanessa Kings
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Drama Dolls: A Novel" by Jason Tanamor is exactly what its description states: Dark, Suspenseful, Fast-paced, Exhilarating.
Described by Publishers Weekly as the "love child of Chuck Palahniuk and Charles Bukowski", you can sense a uniqueness and a strong sense of pace in Tanamor's narration as soon as you start reading.
The story revolves around Jeffrey, who is about to turn forty when his wife unexpectedly passes. From here on, his grief will take him down a winding path with increasingly dark
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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With “Drama Dolls” Jason Tanamor manages to deliver a great story about the grief.

When main character named Jeffrey lost his wife, everything he had crumbled to dust. And instead of grief most people would choose, Jeffrey decides to spend time with his neighbor, dressed in a cheerleader uniform robbing houses…

Completely unusual subject, delivered in a kind of Chuck Palahniuk style, “Drama Dolls” are type of book you will not forget long after the last page will be read. Entertaining, humorous,
Julie Garrett
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This Review is for the Audio Book Copy....

At first I wasn't sure I would be able to get into this story, due to the grief part, but I soon found out this was a different kind read. A different way the grief was dealt with. Yes, it has the sad parts but, it also has funny parts. hopeful parts and awesome plot twists that will keep you listening. The narrator did a fantastic job with telling the story, If your looking for a book that will make you think an make you feel the feels then this is the
Tara Woods Turner
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Drama Dolls was a wild, jewelry filled ride! It was not what I expected and so the raw emotion and beauty of the main characters took me by surprise. Anyone who has ever suffered a loss or felt boxed in by grief will understand the things about this book that make it difficult to describe. This book and these characters will stay with you long after you turn the last page. I'm looking forward to more from this author.
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"...a promising writer with lots of potential..." - Publishers Weekly
Jason Tanamor has 10 plus years of experience as an entertainment writer and interviewer for Yahoo!, the Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus, Cinema Blend, Celebrity Cafe, Strip Las Vegas Magazine, Pulse Magazine, and Zoiks! Online.

Tanamor has interviewed the likes of author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club); comedians Demetri Martin,