DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier
Callie is a middle schooler who loves working on plays and is super-excited to be the set designer for an upcoming production. But with boy-drama, friend-drama, frenemy-drama, low ticket sales, forever-breaking props and two cute NEW guys on the scene, things are totally hectic. Can Callie and her friends get their drama in check in time for curtain call? (Spoiler alert: YES, the show DOES go on. But it is great fun getting there).
This book is basically more perfectly like ME from age 12-14 than any book I’ve ever read. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. A must for graphic-novel fans, and also any kid, girl or boy, who has ever been interested in theater (either behind the scenes or on-stage) will love it too.
I also loved that there are gay characters and brown characters and every other kind of character and it isn’t an “issue” at all, they are just there, doin’ their thing. Like, you know… how they do in real life. Awesome. <3
Note for parents: Though there is relationship DRAMA in the book, it’s on the ‘crush/group date to a bookstore/chaste school dance’ level, not anything naughty. Fine for 10+