DRAMA is such an adorable graphic novel. I had so much fun reading it, and I would have loved this novel in middle grade! I’ve always loved plays/musicals and worked stage crew middle grade through college (doing everything from set building to lighting and sound), so this book is right up my ally, and a treat to read.
DRAMA spans the time frame of Callie’s middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi – from the time the musical is chosen through set design, auditions, rehearsals, performances, to the final stage crew meeting. Callie is the set designer, and is determined to make it the best, despite the limited budget. Meanwhile she’s caught up in as much drama off-stage, like new friendships and crushing on the wrong boys.
I loved that this graphic novel is written like a play itself, divided into acts with an intermission and final curtain call! I also appreciated that her novel includes characters that are gay and bisexual, though I do think it was easier for them than it would be in reality.
If you can’t tell from my review, I really enjoyed DRAMA, and highly recommend it for tween girls, or really, any teen (or adult) interested in theater! It’s a fun read full of heart, with great graphics. I look forward to reading Smile, another MG graphic novel by Raina!