Book Recommendations Graphic Novel #1

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Drama it is when personal lives, character lives, and love lives intertwine on the set of a musical theater performance. And no graphic novel has ever portrayed the journey – from casting through to curtain call – with such thrilling, heart-wrenching, and warmly wonderful honesty as Raina Telgemeier’s Drama.

This is a full-color, novel-length work of graphic fiction that so accurately brings to life its middle school cast, you could swear Telgemeier had filmed her entire seventh-grade year and recreated it, panel by jovial panel. Without wanting to give away anything integral to the plot, the story centers on Callie, a technical and creative theater nerd, who finds personal growth, new friendships, and the unexpected changes in previous friends front and center of her own life as she designs and oversees set production for her school’s performance of Moon Over Mississippi.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be part of a stage performance or how on earth all of those strange and crazy people manage to put up with each other throughout the course of it, you need to give this graphic novel a look.

If you’ve worked on any sort of dramatic performance before in your life, Drama will be a tale that hits you squarely in the center of your own personal experiences.

If you’ve been through or are currently in middle school or high school, you’ll more than feel like the characters are living your life.

And if you’ve ever found yourself in the center of a little giant catastrophe, well, honey, that’s just show business.


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