Two teen theatre-fanatics. One dream. And SUMMER DRAMA CAMP.
All-round theatre-enthusiast, Sarah - better known by her showbiz name, Sayde - is a girl with ambitions too big for the small and conventional town she lives in. Her life doesn't have the razzle-dazzle she ...more
One thing I DO want to say though: E. Lockhart (and other YA authors) does this thing in more than one book: main character writes or records her negative feelings about a certain other person, ...more
Well, it should turn out perfectly of course. Except what if it doesn't, or at least not the way you planned?
(view spoiler)[What if your BFF, your only theatre-geek confidante for all these years at school, your best secret dance partner, both outshines you at camp AND finds friends he BELONGS with? Can you be happy for him? (hide spoiler)]
If you're Sadye, the ...more
By that analogy, I mean that I was along for the ride and I was enjoying myself and then the plot turned to total sh&^ and I hated pretty much everyone, the second half of the plot, and I hated the ending (can we say depressing ...more
This book is about my people, and it was incredible to see how much of my life is in those pages (and it means ...more
No star rating. I abandoned it because of the horrors of the reader. They hired a Broadway actress and she read like she was emoting to the 50th row. Also, imagine a small squeaky blonde (think "Popular" from Wicked) trying to voice a gay black teenage boy.
I'm loving E. Lockhart these days, so I'll probably give the actual book a try.
After reading the book:
This review is nothing but spoilerific.
Arrrrrrgh. I ...more
But theatre is really just the backdrop here: switching between the first person narration of the main character Sadye and transcripts of voice recordings between Sadye and her friends as they document a summer at drama camp, ...more
The book follows Sadye over one summer as she auditions at and then goes on to attend a summer drama camp.
From the outset, I really liked Sadye and Demi's friendship - in particular how supportive and encouraging Demi was to Sadye after just their first time talking to each other.
Whilst I liked Sadye and Demi's friendship, I wasn't too sure if I actually liked Sadye herself in the beginning. ...more
By reading this book you expected:
(4) Theatrical(lots of it)
Sarah wants to escape the mundane life of a teenager. She wants to go bolder. Thus, she changes her name into Sadye, befriended Demi, and leaves her fake friends. I can't decide if Demi made Sarah better or worse. They want the spotlight (crave it). She is very ambitious that I ...more
And honestly, I didn't hate this book. I was still pretty solid writing, unique plot and characters, and a strong protagonist voice. It just ...more
This is probably the second-best E. Lockhart book I've read. It's not as smooth as Frankie Landau-Banks, but it's getting there! And the subject matter is near and dear to my heart so I raced right through it. I really admire Ms. Lockhart's ability to let her characters (a) be wrong ...more
We follow Sayde through about a year of her life, with a very large focus on her summer at musical theater camp. I love that Sayde is flawed, makes mistakes and has insecurities ~ but I don't love that her conflicts are never resolved. Dramarama reaches a certain climax at camp then just... quits. Well, it doesn't literally quit. The reader stays with Sayde through her senior year and leaves her in the first few weeks of summer. At the point, we are left ...more
Also, if you love musical theatre, you HAVE to read this book! You will love it. I watched Grease & Grease 2 this arvo and plan on having a musical-viewing day tomorrow.
-Overall, Dramarama was a great read. I loved all of the diversity and friendship within the novel. At first, it caught me off guard since I assumed there would be lots of drama. But there wasn't really. For the entire first half of the novel friendship was the key point which I loved.
-Demi & Sadye's little recordings were very enjoyable and a nice break from the main story. There wasn't any chapter so it was nice to have those little breaks.
-All of the theater ...more
I loved the whole start of this. I loved the discussion of music and theater and dance and all that jazz. It was perfect, the characters were great, I wanted it all. I was even on Sayde's side with her fighting with the directors. And then, that ending, that stupid ending "you ...more
It was a good book - but it just wans't the greatest book I have ever met.
It had a lot of potential it just felt as if it was too short. Characters were only half explained and a whole summer plus a year were explained in less than 300 pages.
I loved all of the musical theatre references and how relatable for me as a drama student studying similar things to whats in this book.
Its an easy acquired type of writing. Don't get me wrong - E.Lockhart wrote my favourite book ever "We Were ...more
Characters: 4/5 Teenagers, but they really want to make the best decisions for everyone. Annoying every now and then? Yes, but not in an annoying way.
Writing: 4/5 Want to read more E. Lockhart books!
Reread: Yes! Really enjoy a solid ...more
Sarah and Douglas, better known as Sadye and Demi, are two best friends in a tiny town who love everything to do with theatre. They watch endless musicals together, singing along and re-enacting the most famous scenes, have tons of stagey in-jokes, and audition together for a special summer camp dedicated to theatre. They both get in and couldn't be happier to finally get away from the nothingness of their home town, and ...more
E. Lockhart is like my YA queen. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks helped me define myself as a feminist and a woman, the Ruby Oliver series is sweet as candy with so much heart it hurts yours, and Fly on the Wall was... okay. Dramarama marks me reading all her backlist novels and it was a good note to end that journey on considering I have an ARC of her next novel I'm planning to read soon. Dramarama is exactly as dramatic as it sounds, but ...more
AHHH I WISH I WAS A TALENTED MUSICAL THEATRE ARTIST!!
I will just have to sadly remain as theatre geek who cannot reach the high notes.
This book playfully combines the free-spirited, accepting and fun-loving elements of the musical theatre world with also inevitable jealousy and competitive aspects you just cannot avoid.
Sayde and Demi are both excited when they are accepted at Wilewood's theatre summer camp. They both come from boring small towns and this camp provides them everything they want -...more