Friday, December 7, 2012

Nick's Picks, the 100 Most Notable Books of 2012 - 85...

#85:  Drama, by Raina Telgemeier.

In the sweet graphic-novel follow-up to Telgemeier's Smile, we follow Callie - a drama geek in middle school.  It's Spring-musical time, and Callie is in charge of set design. 

While the teen book world is dominated by vampires and goddesses, Telgemeier is a breath of fresh air.  Her stories revolve around real girls with real problems.  Not the problems of addiction, incest, or rape - but the more everyday problems surrounding school, little brothers and boys.

Everyday problems need not be unexceptional, and through Ms. Telgemeier's deft storytelling - in words and pictures - we feel the slings and arrows directed at Callie and hope that she can dodge them. 

Is there a place for vampires and for the dramatic travails of teenagers figuratively and literally under the gun?  Sure.  But there's also room for the familiar and the authentic, and that's where Drama shines.

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