Monday, October 15, 2007

Pg. 99: E. Lockhart's "Dramarama"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: E. Lockhart's Dramarama.

About the book, from the publisher:
Two theater-mad, self-invented,
fabulositon Ohio teenagers.

One boy, one girl.
One gay, one straight.
One black, one white.


It’s a season of
gold lamé,
hissy fits,
jazz hands,
song and dance,
true love,
and unitards

that will determine their future
and test their friendship.
Among the praise for the novel:
"Very smart and very funny... theater lovers will swoon, and everyone else will appreciate the twists and the ending you don’t see coming."
--Booklist, starred review

"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. … Anyone with the acting bug will grab this and devour it in one bite. Exhilarating."

"Dramarama far surpasses other books that I have read. Aside from the hilarious plot and narration, E. Lockhart adds in issues that anyone who reads this novel is able to connect with."

"Teens will identify strongly with both the heartbreak and the humor in this authentic portrayal of friendships maturing and decaying.... An effervescent read, this is an excellent purchase."
--School Library Journal

"It is easy to get swept up with these enthusiastic students who hug and kiss "even when they're competing with each other," and who break out into an early-morning rendition of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" on a dare....this production has more than enough energy -- and honesty -- to captivate its audience."
--Publishers Weekly

"E. Lockhart mixes summer camp, friendship, glitter, romance, dancing, singing and theater to make this book a Show Stopper! Brava!"
--Cecil Castelluci, author of Boy Proof and Queen of Cool
Read an excerpt from Dramarama and learn more about E. Lockhart and her books at her website.

The Page 99 Test: Dramarama.

--Marshal Zeringue