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Drum Roll, Please

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,356 ratings  ·  305 reviews
Find the confidence to rock out to your own beat.

Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. But to her surprise, quiet Melly loves playing the drums. It’s the only time she doesn’t feel like a mouse.

Now, she and Olivia are about to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the Michigan woods.

But this summer
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by HarperCollins
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
This was a lot of fun! While it wasn't necessarily my favorite middle grade story that I've read, it was still a really great read and I can confidently say that 13 year old Chelsea would have ADORED this book. A queer story basically set at Camp Rock? Big yes all around ...more
Lea (drumsofautumn)
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Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it.

I usually don’t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of this book were clearly Middle Grade, this really read like a lower YA. It did not feel juvenile at all and I can definitely recommend it to YA readers who are interested in the themes.

The summer camp aspect was wonderfully port
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fiction
Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burrowed straight into my heart to stay there forever. I foresee a lot of re-reads in the future, but also I felt a happy glow when I finished reading because I knew I was going to *remember* this book, regardless of re ...more
•°• gabs •°•
there's just something about middle grade sapphic novels that just gets to me. they make me so happy and soft and i really hope little girls are reading them and feeling validated or getting answers or comfort, because i would give anything to have had the chance to read a book like this when i was in middle grade.

Laura (bbliophile)
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-releases
Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...more
Shirley Freeman
Melly’s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests their friendship and allows them to begin discovering who they are personally and musically. Lisa Jenn Bigelow describes first crushes so beautifully – the yearning, the anxiety, the confusion when the crush is recipro ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Okay, so the writing is kind of clunky at times, but it’s a queer middle grade novel with no homophobia or coming out drama, just happy acceptance and the normal interpersonal pitfalls of a twelve-year-old. Wish this had existed when I was that age!
This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's had crushes on boys as well as Adaline, but the novel is very careful to avoid calling her bi or pan or gay, and I think that's perfect considering Melly's age and how new these feelings and new revelations are for ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Ms. Yingling
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right before she was supposed to leave them for two weeks! Melly likes drumming but doesn't live for it, and when she is assigned to a group and is not with Olivia, she doesn't see the point of camp. There are a lot of typica
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was delightful! i picked it up on a whim with the thought that a middle grade was exactly what i needed and it was. a girl away on band camp to drum her heart out, especially since she's dealing with the fresh news of her parents getting divorced and with the confusing feelings of what might be a crush on another girl.

definitely recommend
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It’s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly starts to bloom into her own person with a beautiful awakening when out from Olivia’s shadow. The feelings that she develops for a fellow camper, Adeline, the exposure to different music, and the emotions she experiences ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, middlegrade, 2019
4 stars |
Staci (stacisbookishprobs)
Oh my heart is so full 🥰

Queer middle grade is for sure the key to my heart. I love nothing more than it and I need so much more of it in my life. I thought I was gonna give this a 3 star rating but as we reached the half way point and Melly started to really grow into herself and really stand up for herself it really hit home with me.

Melly was amazing. She grew so much at her two weeks at camp. She really found out who she was and really dealt with her emotions realistically for someone her age
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was SO great, and I would love a tween movie that's like School of Rock meets Camp, starring Krysten Ritter as Donna the no-nonsense punk rock camp counselor. ...more
Maja Todorovska
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Going into this book I was expecting a cute, summery, camp love story. What I got instead was a thousand times better. While there are romance elements, the main story focuses on how the main character, Melly, deals with her parents' divorce, changing friendships, and learning to express herself. Her devastation in the face of her parents' divorce feels crushing and we can definitely see how it's already affecting her and her relationships with those around, particularly with Olivia, her best fr ...more
I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ). There was no mention of removing the book or anything like that, but this parent concern had me moving it up my TBR list in case I needed to have firsthand experience with the book. With all that said, I really, ...more
4 stars
TW: parents' divorce
Rep: sapphic MC & LI

The Writing
The writing felt very quintessentially middle grade. It was simplistic and the voice definitely read as very juvenile, but that was something that I was expecting going into this book because I knew that it was a middle-grade book. Overall, though, I really enjoyed the main character's voice and I found her very endearing.

The Plot/Pacing
This is a book about a girl discovering her feelings for another girl, but it's also about he
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish this book had existed when I was thirteen. An awkward, rock-music loving thirteen year old girl who discovers that she has feelings for another girl at camp? My heart.

What a beautiful, thoughtful novel. The main characters, Melly, Adeline and Olivia, all felt nicely developed. I enjoyed spending time with all of them. And the secondary characters, like Donna, Toni and Shauna were rad too. Plus! How awesome to read a book for tweens that is chock full of badass female characters.

The story
james ☆
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
i read this book as research on middle grade, but actually really enjoyed it!

words cannot express how much i needed this book when i was in the intended age would have been absolutely life changing.

if i had to be picky, the ending felt like it could have taken a little longer to unfold than it did, but it tied up the loose ends nicely and honored the character arcs introduced throughout the story.

plus, it was a fast read full of important messages. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Middlegrade like middlegrade should be! Reading this at 25, I still found it super relatable, and while the setting and plot were quite simple, they were also really charming and the book did have a fair amount of depth.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
this. was. soooooooooooo cute !!!!
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middlegrade-f-f
4.5 stars.

Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused.
Not to mention how Olivia develops a crush on a boy at camp, but in the process completely forgets Melly and leaves her to deal with all of her emotions by herself.
Melly, who doesn't make new friends very easily, quickly becomes close to Adeline. A beautiful,
Jenni Frencham
Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit at camp. Olivia is making friends and spending time with other kids, and Melly isn't quite sure what to do with herself. Slowly, Melly discovers her own interests and finds confidence to speak up for herself, incl ...more
A lovely story following Melly as she spends her time at a musical summer camp after her parents tell her they’re splitting up. Melly’s life is changed forever by this and on top of it she’s falling for Adeline at the camp.

Melly was such a delight. She was a very realistic thirteen year old that I really related to. We get to follow her as she learns to find her voice and go after what she really wants.

The setting of a summer camp had me wishing I was in the middle of a forest instead of isolat
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I Enjoyed...
// I loved the setting of the book, it was very much Camp Rock mixed with The Parent Trap sort of vibes.
// I really enjoyed the author's writing style and thought the messages that were addressed through-out the book were really well told. (This book is all about self-exploration, friendship and discovering who you really are and what you want to be happy)
// Adeline was an awesome character and I really enjoyed reading about her (would love a spin off book about her character)
May Cho
I adored this one!!! So!! Much!!!!

Earlier in March, I read sapphic summer camp romance that fell flat but you guys, this one was so. good.

So imagine this; your parents have just told you that they're getting a divorce. You're angry, heartbroken, in denial and what do they do? Send you off to a summer camp with your best friend. That's what Drum Roll, Please builds upon.

Throughout the course of the novel, we get a heartbreaking & redemptive friendship arc that gets hit my the THROES and WOES of a
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well what can I say about this book?

One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read.

For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way.

Melly our main character is so interesting, I found myself relating to her in a lot of ways, as in I was similar to her when I was a young teenager.

A very diverse book with a lovely message. Some great music references too1

It was sweet, funny, thought provoking and my
Debbie Tanner
I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and it gives her a chance to find her own voice, including romance. My only objection is that I found that the reaction to her romance was surprisingly positive-it seemed unlikely to me that people would be so universal ...more
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Michigan native Lisa Jenn Bigelow is the critically acclaimed author of the middle grade novels Hazel’s Theory of Evolution (2019), winner of the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Children's/Middle Grade, and Drum Roll, Please (2018),  an Illinois Reads selection and Michigan Notable Book; and the young adult novel Starting from Here (2012), an ALA Rainbow List Top Ten Book. A graduate of Carne ...more

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