Dramarama

Dramarama

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by E. Lockhart
     
 

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Two theater-mad, self-inventedfabulositon Ohio teenagers.One boy, one girl.One gay, one straight.One black, one white.And SUMMER DRAMA CAMP.It's a season of hormones, gold lame,hissy fits,jazz hands,song and dance, true love,and unitardsthat will determine their future--and test their friendship.

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Two theater-mad, self-inventedfabulositon Ohio teenagers.One boy, one girl.One gay, one straight.One black, one white.And SUMMER DRAMA CAMP.It's a season of hormones, gold lame,hissy fits,jazz hands,song and dance, true love,and unitardsthat will determine their future--and test their friendship.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Claire Rosser
Desperate to escape their town in Ohio, the narrator Sadye and her best friend Demi audition for a summer drama camp; they are accepted, and the drama that follows will be highly entertaining (and informative) to any YA reader interested in the theater. Demi is gay, extremely talented, and desperate to fall in love. Sadye (previously known as Sarah) doesn't have Demi's talent, but she is a pretty good dancer and is smart, smart, smart. Too smart, one might ask? She actually questions her directors' choices and suggests alternatives. Since directors are sort of like gods in this arena, Sadye's attitude isn't welcome. You might expect some sort of formulaic plot in which Sadye is transformed and becomes a big star—well, if you do, you would be surprised at how Lockhart works things out for Sadye. Lockhart has her own experience of drama camp and this lends an authentic voice to the proceedings, which include details of characters, scenes, lines, and staging. The other campers, some professional actors already, are a sharp contrast to Sadye and Demi and their provincial background in small-town USA. While this story is entertaining above all else, it does demand a certain sophistication on the part of its YA readers. Reviewer: Claire Rosser
VOYA - Teri S. Lesesne
Demi and Sarah are kindred spirits. Both feel trapped in their small Ohio hometown. When the opportunity arrives to audition for a theatrical summer camp, they take the plunge-six weeks at summer drama camp seems magical. Then reality hits. Demi is thrilled that he no longer has to play a role as the straight boy. At camp, he can be who he really is. Before long, he is cast as the lead in two different productions. Sarah, however, decides to reinvent herself for the summer. She is now Sadye, at once exhilarated to be at camp and depressed not to be making much progress in the eyes of her teachers. Lockhart is adept at creating characters who, despite their eccentricities, reflect the joys and fears of the average adolescent. Sadye and Demi search for acceptance-for their place in the world at large as well as the world of the theater. They and their classmates are vulnerable, very human beings despite their various talents. Readers who enjoyed Sara Ryan's Empress of the World (Viking, 2001/VOYA August 2001) and Alex Flinn's Diva (HarperCollins, 2006/VOYA October 2006) will appreciate the story as well as its insights into the world of the theater. A brief appendix lists the plays performed during summer camp as well as some of Demi and Sadye's favorite musicals. Readers can also download Sadye's playlist to their MP3 players or view the list on the author's Web site at http://www.theboyfriendlist.com.
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up
The stage is calling to Demi and Sadye (aka Douglas and Sarah), so they're off to Wildewood Academy's summer theater program for eight weeks of showtimes, show tunes, and show-offs. The teens enjoy the whirlwind pace of the theater, but their close friendship begins to fray; Demi gains fame and gets a boyfriend, while Sadye clashes with her roommates and fights with the directors. When the pair are caught drinking on the campus rooftop, Sadye takes the fall so that Demi can remain at Wildewood. Strong secondary characters round out the plot; the gay relationships are mostly chaste, featuring kissing but avoiding more physical encounters. Teens will identify strongly with both the heartbreak and the humor in this authentic portrayal of friendships maturing and decaying. Those who don't follow musical theater might not recognize the show titles or tunes, but the campy spirit of the book shines through, regardless. An effervescent read, this is an excellent purchase.
—Chris ShoemakerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
A star-struck girl plunges into the crazed world of summer drama camp and tries to cope with friends, love and jealousy in this intense romp through the world of musical theater. Sayde and her best friend Demi, a gay, black, fellow musical fan, see themselves as the outre pariahs of their boring Ohio high school, but find themselves outmatched by the artsy denizens of their new environment. Rivalries rage as students vie for the best roles in the school's summer productions led by a callous but brilliant Tony-winning director. Jealousies swirl, talent shines and insecurities bloom amid the intense competition, reflected in Lockhart's zippy prose. The author deftly handles highly varied characterizations and vividly portrays the intense, sparkling and thorny aspects of the theater world. Who will win and who will lose? Anyone with the acting bug will grab this and devour it in one bite. Exhilarating. (Fiction. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786838158
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
04/03/2007
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

E. Lockhart is the author of The Boyfriend List, Fly on the Wall, and The Boy Book. She once portrayed both Peter Quince and a tree in a drama school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, wearing an electric-blue unitard. Her theatrical career ended soon after.

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Dramarama 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best book i have ever read.This book is about two people one gay,one straight .One black one white going to a performing arts camp.The reaason why i like this book is i can relate because this i am going ti a perforing arts camp.i recommend this book to every teen that likes acting ,sing , and danvcing .
KaylaNicole_MusicLover More than 1 year ago
This book was really cute and held my attention to the end but then it kind of left me hanging. It seemed like there would be some huge blow out or something really big and amazing would happen, but the end just sort of petered out. Otherwise it was a fun, easy read. Great for anyone into theaters, musicals, summer camp, or just another winner written by E. Lockhart. She is a great author and i know she could have given this book more of a closing, unless she is thinking of having a sequel, but i am kind of doubting that. But as i said, if you are looking for a fast, fun read, check this out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lauren H English 9- aquas Mrs. Zurkowski September 21, 2009 Book Review- Dramarama by E. Lockhart I think this is a great book, what I liked about this book was it showed how to be a real friend , for example when Demi got caught drinking alcohol on the roof top Sarah took the blame for it, and she got kicked out of wildewood instead of Demi. I think only a true friend would do this. In this book Sarah was razzle dazzled deprived and wanted to get away from her home town Brenton, so she went to wildewood academy for the summer, along the way she made a friend, Demi. They did everything together. But when they arrived at wildewood Demi was a star, and for once he could be himself, and Sarah wasn't and seemed to be jealous, therefore her and Demi fought a lot and started to grow a part. In the end of the story Sarah made a sacrifice for her friendship. Honestly I think this was a good book, it can teach you how to be a good reliable friend; also it shows that anyone can be your friend. It doesn't matter what color they are, or what they look like, or there sexuality. I feel this way about this book because I really liked it, for example this book has a meaningful theme, don't be selfish and always put you first, think about other people. I think wildewood was a good plot for this book; it made the book more interesting and kept the reader wanting to read more. This book has a great message that good friends are hard to find, don't take advantage of them because one day you will regret it. In conclusion I would recommend you to read this book I think it is a must read! And if you like drama it's the book for you, it will keep you wanting to read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been having issues finding books lately,but yesterday I went to BN and had more luck! I finished Dramarama in a day! It was so good---funny,lighthearted,and a little sad! There was only one thing I didn't like about the book---the ending. It was unexpected and a little depressing. All and all, if you are looking for a good summer read, Dramarama, is the book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time reading the book because it was confusing when they talked about broadway shows. The start of the book was great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dramarama is a good book except I got lost sometimes when they talk about broadway and all these plays it just blew over my head. Unless you know all about that stuff it can be a little unjoyable but other than that its a really great book.
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I read this book in the summer of 2009 and I couldn't get enough of it. I read it a million times & probably turned it in over due. The book made me laugh, cry, and smile. The ending is upsetting but it's otherwise amazing, and I strongly suggest it.
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EllinaB More than 1 year ago
I think the book Dramarama is one of the best books that I have ever read! It is filled with friendships, lessons, fun, relationships, and of course drama! Dramarama is about a girl named Sadye and her best friend Demi from Ohio attending one of the most famous summer drama camps ever, the Wildewood Summer Drama Camp. "On June 24th, we packed our sheet music and our dance clothes, bought large amounts of potato products and sugary drinks, lost the map and then found it again, argued about what cast albums to bring for the road, dusted ourselves with body glitter, and got in my dad's beloved minivan to begin the endless drive to Wildewood". At the camp, Sadye and Demi meet a lot of new people, made new friends, and created drama! Sadye creates most of the drama in this book because she is jealous of her friends, which leads to many problems that Sadye finds a big and surprising resolution to in the end. I think this book was amazing because it was a very fun and enjoyable story that taught me lessons about the reality of the world today. The author, E. Lockhart, did a wonderful job on writing this book. The story was very entertaining and it had a lot going on, which made it a fun book to read. All of the characters in this story are very unique people. They are all very different people that love the same thing, show business. Sadye says "We are all destined for Broadway". The message of this story is to never be jealous of someone else's success, because you will not gain anything from jealousy, you will only lose things. Sadye almost lost all of her friends in this story, and more importantly she almost lost her closest friend Demi, because of her jealousy toward them. Sadye says in the story "I don't want to be jealous of Demi, but I can't control it". Another message in this story is to never give up. Things might not always go perfectly or the way that you want them to go, but if you keep trying, they will turn out the right way in the end. I think people of the age of 12 to 16 would enjoy Dramarama. This book is a "must read"! I give this book a 5 STAR RATING!
Taylord25 More than 1 year ago
The book, Dramarama, written by E. Lockhart, is about a girl named Sayde who is trying to find herself. She is obsessed with Broad Way musicals as is her best friend, Demi. They both audition to go get into a 2 month long summer camp and with luck, they both get accepted. I really enjoyed reading this book, because, like any other teenagers life, there was drama. At this camp, everything was a big deal! There were very few straight boys that were attended the camp, so Sayde was lucky to get two of them! Ever since she met this one boy named Theo, she liked him a lot! At the end of the book, he finally admits that he liked her too, but after that night nothing between them ever happened again because Sayde was expelled from the camp. She was expelled because she and Demi were caught under-age drinking, but Sayde took the blame for it. After she left the camp, she never saw Demi as much as she did before. She really missed him, but she also needed his pep talks and his talks that pretty much said to straighten up and loose the attitude. I give this book 5 stars and I highly recommend this book if you like Broad Way musicals or if you just love drama!
FionaM More than 1 year ago
Dramarama by E. Lockhart is an exciting story for teens. I enjoyed Dramarama so much because it had a lot of material that I, as a teen, could relate too. The story had a lot of detail and it even felt like you were watching a movie! The story's main character, Sadye, goes to a top-notch drama camp with her best friend. She struggles to fit in, impress all her acting coaches, and try to keep her best friend. She also learns many important life lessons through these events. It is a powerful story and expresses a lot of emotion. E. Lockhart really put a lot of thought into this book by making it teen-friendly. I really enjoyed the parts when Sayde and Demi were talking to their camera, recording all the details and events happening at the camp. I got to see their conversation and it made the book more fun to read. I liked reading about the plays the drama camp students were performing. I enjoyed it because I've seen some of the plays, and other ones I've heard of. It got me more into the book because it was something I knew about. Another part that made the story very interesting was the part when Demi gets into some trouble. Both Sadye and Demi had to be brave people and face this difficult situation. Each part of this story is intriguing and exciting! I really recommend this book to all teens. It was a lot of acting and drama material, but that wasn't what the whole story was about. Overall, I think it was a 4 out of 5 stars on my book rating.
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In the book Dramarama by E. Lockhart, the adventures of a group of teens at Wildewood Academy for the Performing Arts lived up to its namesake. For best friends Sadye and Demi, going to summer camp was indeed filled with drama. In between acting, singing and dancing classes, and rehearsal for the plays, there was still plenty of time for friendships to flourish and deteriorate, and for relationships to blossom and wither. Written in Sadye's point of view, Dramarama surely kept me on my toes throughout the entire book. After an audition in front of the instructors at the camp, the teens were given parts in at least one of three musicals and one play -Little Shop of Horrors, Show Boat, Bye Bye Birdie, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The actors with the most potential were placed in the 10-day wonder play, Guys and Dolls. Sadye always managed to find some way to mix things up, from arguing with her instructors to arguing with her friends, old and new. In the end, though, despite her many disputes with Demi, her true character shined as she did something only a true friend would do for Demi, which I think is a great moral for this story. I thought this book was amazingly realistic, but it did contain some modern, widely-debated topics. This would not be a good book for someone who does not like homosexuals or African Americans, because of the diversity of the characters. It really displayed how grueling auditioning and practicing for a play was, but it would be all worth it for the end result. As a whole, I thought Dramarama was a really good story that demonstrated all aspects of friendship. It is great for high school students, and it was the perfect balance of real-life scenarios and drama. E. Lockhart is an amazing author, and Dramarama gets an 8 out of 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dramarama was a wonderfully written book by E.Lockhart which conveys the problems teenagers have growing up such as making friends, finding their identity, and underage drinking. I really liked how the author made sure the reader could relate to the characters. The plot was gripping and I did not want to put the book down. Dramarama is a story about Sadye who goes through obstacles while at her drama summer camp. She meets new friends, but goes through difficulties in keeping them. Sadye has to watch while her best friend, Demi, gets all the good parts in the play and has an awesome time at summer camp. Unlike Sadye, who talks back to directors and does not get the parts she wants. Even though she gets in trouble for talking back, I admired Sadye for sticking up for what she believed was right. Lockhart did a fine job in making sure Sadye spoke her mind. There are many events in the story young adults can relate too for instance, talking behind people's backs. This is a common high school experience for teenagers. Sadye experienced the harm in talking about one of her friends and had to go through the hardship in fixing the problem. Many teenagers "recreate" themselves to try and be cooler or different then who they normally are, when they go to new places such as schools or summer camps. Sadye does not tell the whole truth about herself and she fabricates stories about who she wishes she was. In the end, all her mistruths are exposed. Underage drinking is also a problem that relates Sadye and Demi to teenagers today. Peer pressure can lead teenagers to drink. Sadye and Demi's friends brought back beer and pressured them to drink it. The drinking resulted in Sadye getting kicked out and she could not finish her summer camp. Even though she could not finish out the summer at camp, she realized who was. This was a really fantastic book that shows the problems teenagers have growing up and that in the end they can work out okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I enjoyed every minute of it!! I did not expect the ending but I LOVE the ending :) This whole book inspired me to do better in my theatre class. :) i loved it. i recommend this book for people who is into theatre stuff.
Gracia More than 1 year ago
I very, very, very, very! much enjoyed this book! I read it in 2 days. It's a great quick read and an unforgettable story!

I must admit, however, that if you're not into theater, this IS NOT the book for you. I don't believe there's a single page that doesn't revolve around center-stage :). Anyway, "Dramarama" is a novel about finding yourself, dreaming big dreams, and coming to conclusions!

I LOVED the ending! So perfect!

Thanks for reading this review and I hope you find it helpful!