Everyone's a Critic

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School's out, but the drama never stops at the superposh Orion Academy. Hartley Blackstone -- the famous director, producer, choreographer, and genuine Broadway icon -- has chosen Orion to hold auditions for one lucky guy and girl to attend his summer theater program in New York City.

Naturally, every wannabe-It girl and boy at Orion is going mad, prepping to win Blackstone's approval. With any luck, it could be Bryan and his BFF, Sam, stepping...

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Overview

School's out, but the drama never stops at the superposh Orion Academy. Hartley Blackstone -- the famous director, producer, choreographer, and genuine Broadway icon -- has chosen Orion to hold auditions for one lucky guy and girl to attend his summer theater program in New York City.

Naturally, every wannabe-It girl and boy at Orion is going mad, prepping to win Blackstone's approval. With any luck, it could be Bryan and his BFF, Sam, stepping onto a Broadway stage.

But Mr. Blackstone, known for his notoriously harsh critiques, is capable of crushing hearts and shattering dreams with a single word. Bryan will need more than his snarky wit and cute smile for this one. He's got to bring it!

Now if he could just figure out exactly what it is....

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ginny Sautner
It is summer break. For the average teen in Malibu this means enjoying the sun, the surf, and the extravagant privileges that accompany living in one of the wealthiest communities on the planet. Bryan Stark and his entourage are no normal students: they are drama kids attending the esteemed Orion Academy Summer Theatrical Program. The real "drama" does not take long to start as Bryan's friends, Hope and Drew, end their long and often tumultuous relationship. This provides an opportunity for Bryan and close friend Sam to begin scheming for the couple's imminent reunion. The plan takes an immediate backseat to the new drama introduced when revered Broadway director Mr. Blackstone announces that he will accept two students into his ultra-prestigious program in New York for the summer. The gloves come off as the drama students prepare for their hopeful debuts. When Mr. Blackstone serves Bryan the ultimate disgrace, the protagonist is surprised to discover that his passion for acting might not necessarily be his true talent. Initially confused and distraught, he eventually learns that because one path has ended does not mean that a new one has not opened ahead. A witty and enjoyable read that any teen involved in drama would enjoy, the themes encourage teens not to be discouraged when things do not go according to plan, and instead to see the "exciting new endeavors" that are at life's every turn. This gay teen's sarcasm and sass coupled with the witty drama references and stage terms littered throughout the text make this book appealing to the current or aspiring drama student in any young adult. Reviewer: Ginny Sautner
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up
This sequel to Drama!: The Four Dorothys (S & S, 2007) continues the saga of Bryan Stark, a gay teen, and his search to find himself. In this novel, Bryan and his Malibu, CA, friends compete with other summer drama-camp students for a coveted spot in the Hartley Blackstone Acting School. The story is told from Bryan's irreverent and flippant point of view. He complains about favoritism, nepotism, and how children of the rich and famous get special treatment, and points out that teachers often submit to the wishes of pushy parents. Ruditis accurately captures the rhythm and sarcasm often present in teen speech, but Bryan and his friends also toss about words such as "phalanx" and "plethora." Some outdated references to Barry Manilow songs and the movie Xanadu might be missed by contemporary teens. However, the setting, the wickedly absurd extravagance, and the wit with which the story is told will appeal to many readers.
—Terrilyn FlemingCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Witty prose and snappy patter don't elevate this latest in the Drama! series to much above the level of fluff, although it certainly will appeal to many young readers who enjoy stories of teen friendship and rivalries. Ruditis (Rainbow Party, 2005) emphasizes relationships far above the purported theatrical theme of the book. Given two weeks to prepare monologues and scenes to win a spot in a major acting school, the characters demonstrate their devotion to their craft by blowing off rehearsals in favor of their personal and emotional problems. The villains are obvious and over the top, although Ruditis provides one nice twist involving them at the end. Too many characters confuse the presentation, and the attempts to describe acting performances fall prey to the same difficulties authors face in describing music: It just doesn't translate into print. Ruditis does, however, write cleverly, and that's probably enough to attract an audience. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416933922
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Series: Drama! Series, #2
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,426,104
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Ruditis is the author of many licensed fiction and nonfiction companion books, from Charmed and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Star Trek and Bones, among others. He lives in Burbank, California.
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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jeremey for TeensReadToo.com

    The cast from Orion is back in a sequel to Paul Ruditis' first DRAMA! story, THE FOUR DOROTHYS. Bryan, Sam, Hope, Holly, Alexis, and Belinda are all prepared for their next "big scene." <BR/><BR/>The school year is over for those at Orion, but just because academics are done does not mean acting is. During summer break a yearly, mandatory two-week theater camp begins, but instead of establishing a play, something new comes along. <BR/><BR/>Hartley Blackstone, a Broadway director, is using the two weeks to test all theater majors for a summer apprenticeship. To get this apprenticeship could be two lucky Orion students' big break. <BR/><BR/>During week one, everyone studies their individual monologues and performs for Hartley. After the performances, Mr. Blackstone critiques everyone's work, leaving nothing but shattered spirits. Now no one wants to go on with auditions. <BR/><BR/>In week two, Hope and her boyfriend are broken up. Done. Over. Which leads Bryan and Sam to hatch a plan to get Hope and her (ex) boyfriend back together. <BR/><BR/>This plan will take a lot of time away from Bryan once group auditions start. Will they be prepared? Who will win the summer apprenticeship? <BR/><BR/>Paul Ruditis' second DRAMA! book is very good. The whole time I was reading I thought, "this is like American Idol meets The Real World" (due to the singing and all of the drama in the book). I felt the story lacked a little in the middle, but was overall interesting to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    Excellent

    An excellent sequal to the first book. Loved it!

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