Student Book Review: Dramarama by E. Lockhart

One of my freshmen, Torey, decided to take my Y.A. Lit class and planned on doing her project on dark mysteries.  She knew that’s what she likes and wanted to stick with it, so I helped her find a variety of titles that fit under that category.  We were pretty close to the end of the trimester, however, when Torey told me that she wanted to switch her project.  Normally that might make me really worry for that student, but I could tell that she was serious about it and would accomplish her goal.  Torey told me that she wanted to read something different, something outside of her comfort zone.  Quite a few of her friends read books about love and relationships, and she didn’t know if she wanted to go that far, but she was looking for something on the lighter side, maybe something funny.  I don’t remember what she ended up trying first, but I went through my shelves and handed her a tall stack of books to sort through.  Torey ended up reading a variety of “quirky” books, one of which being Dramarama by E. Lockhart.  She ended up putting together one of the best PowerPoint presentations I’ve seen in my Y.A. Lit classes!

Title: Dramarama

Author: E. Lockhart

Student Reviewer: Torey W.

Summary (From Goodreads): Two theater-mad, self-invented fabulositon Ohio teenagers. One boy, one girl. One gay, one straight. One black, one white. And SUMMER DRAMA CAMP. It’s a season of hormones, gold lame, hissy fits, jazz hands, song and dance, true love, and unitards that will determine their future –and test their friendship.

Student Review:

Dramarama, written by E. Lockhart, consists of friendship, homosexuality, love, jealousy, and of course the performing arts. Douglas, aka Demi, is gay, black, and an outcast, but is something different when he is on stage. Sarah, aka Sadye, is straight, white, 5’10, and also an outcast. When she gets on stage you never know what to expect out of her, it’s either good or bad. When these two teens become best friends with several things in common, they find themselves given the opportunity to attend Wildewood’s School of Performing Arts summer program and they are totally in. Will Demi and Sadye stick together till the end?

Dramarama was a book way out of my element. My general type of genre that I enjoy reading is mystery. The reason I chose to read this book is because the title and cover caught my attention right away and I also read it because I simply wanted something new. Before reading the summary my brief thought about the book would be about literal drama. For example, high school rumors, girl-on-girl crime and scenarios along those lines. And yes, I admit I was totally wrong. The format of how Dramarama is written is great, I really enjoyed it. It is all written in first person, but the font changes when Sadye turns on her tape recorder (you will understand why when you start reading the book). Nothing was extremely terrible about the story or characters, the whole story involved both kinds of drama, theater drama and literal drama.

I would definitely recommend Dramarama to girls in general. If you like love with a little bit of hearts being broken then this is for sure your kind of book. Also to anyone who loves plays, acting, anything in that category this book is for you as well. It’s such an easy read and I couldn’t stop reading it because there was so much going on at all times.


  1. Great review! I read this book last week as well, and linked to this post in my blog alongside my own thoughts. Thanks for posting!

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