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This coming week is a short week at work. One that I've been looking forward to for a while, if mainly to break the monotony of work + life at home and just have some life, movies, and fun.  Currently It looks like this week is going to be a very dull one in weather - cloudy, rainy sometimes, snowy towards the end of the week - very typical for winter but dull nevertheless. This is the season that has felt depressing to me ever since my first pregnancy - until then, I loved winter through and through. So, the extra restrictions that is the signature of 2020 is going to make this winter a dud. I think I'll just start planning for post-winter.  We wanted to go visit family in Boston but eventually, like many others, decided against it. Maybe there will be a vaccine available soon, and we can slowly start claiming some normalcy back. I don't know how normal it will be though - it's still too early to know what post-vaccine is going to be like.  Reading I was right in picki

Light Reading and Quick Thoughts: Drama by Raina Telgemeier


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In 2011, I read almost 20 graphic books. However, since then, I've read only four - Drama included. I'm not sure why I didn't seek out enough graphic books lately, maybe I got worn out by the format and needed a break. When I saw Drama at the library this week, it was hard to ignore it. It has exactly the style of illustrations I love - it makes you think that you're going to have fun with the book. Moreover, having read a few reviews of this book in other blogs, I knew it comes with strong recommendations.

In Drama, seventh-grader Callie is part of the stage crew that designs sets, costumes, lighting effects and props, among other things. She has had a long fascination with drama and theater, having even auditioned once for a role  (she sucked as a singer). Before long, she found out that designing sets is what she loves to do. In this book, the stage crew decides to put up "Moon over Mississippi" and they begin auditions. Between planning for the show and her struggling non-existent love life, Callie was going to have a very difficult year at school.

Drama

If you haven't read Drama, you should be heading now over to your library or bookstore and grabbing it from the shelf. If someone else is holding the library/store's only copy of the book, feel free to nudge and bug that person until you can get hold of it. Drama was a very refreshing quick read. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to read it again. Poor Callie is falling in love with all the wrong/unavailable guys. And there is one guy trying hard and rudely to get her to notice him. Luckily for her, she has stage work to distract her. Being in charge of set design, she has been very effusive about her ideas for this year's drama, including using a real cannon as a prop. Of course, that isn't accepted, but there's still a cannon and oh boy, poor Callie just doesn't seem to be able to get that to work. It was delightful reading how she treads through her seventh grade with all these problems over her head.

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bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
I really liked that book too. I want to read the author's other graphic novel now - I think it's called Smile.
Sam_TinyLibrary said…
I'm just starting to get into graphic novels, so I appreciate the recommendation if this one :)
Jennifer Hartling said…
Drama sounds wonderful! I'm always on the hunt for a new GN. I recently started reading them.
Vasilly said…
Drama is such a good book! My daughter and I devoured it. I just wish the author wrote a tad faster. ;-) Glad you enjoyed it too.
I've heard such great things about Raina Telgemeier, both this book and Smile. I guess it's time to pick them up!
Shweta said…
Drama has been on my wishlist for a while now. All it took me to add it to my wishlist was that super cute cover! :) Glad to know its a delightful book.