I went into this graphic novel a bit wary, since I had read Telgemeier’s Smile and wasn’t the biggest fan… But with this newest addition I was ecstatic to find that Drama was nothing like I’d anticipated.Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!
The characters in this comic seemed a lot more mature to me than the ones in Smile, so I was surprised to find that they were mostly just 7th and 8th graders. On a totally separate note, Drama had a number of enjoyable moments that left me grinning from ear to ear. The tons of laugh-out-loud moments, plus the cast of characters being a bunch of loving and dedicated kids kept me satisfied from start to finish.
- The color schemes and palettes in Drama were vibrant, spellbinding, and incredibly fitting to the ongoing theme.
- I loved getting an inside look to what happens behind the theatre stage. It reminded me a lot of this incredible video I watched awhile back but still think about:
- The exploration of sexuality and coming out. I’m sad we didn’t get to see it from the character’s perspective, but still… I loved the turn of events that lead to this iconic moment:
Dream big, kids.
- This iconic clap-back:
This Callie girl is bold, like the time she auditioned for fun in front of everybody to calm down Jesse’s nerves. I love her.
On that note, I’ll wrap up my review to say one last thing: Drama is a noteworthy graphic novel jam-packed with kids full of talent, courage, and dedication. I’m excited to check out more works by Raina Telgemeier in the near future.