Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: Drama Unsung

Drama Unsung
Author: Jennifer Jamelli
Published: August 31, 2014
Paperback, 292 pages
4 Gold Stars

(summary from Goodreads)

All Alexa wants is to be cast as Cosette... until she meets her very own Marius.

Most of the drama in Drama Club happens long before the curtain opens. Alexa Grace finds herself right at the heart of the drama - in a whirlwind of gossip and emotions and charades - when she moves to a new school and auditions for Les Miserables. She quickly realizes that the auditions are fixed, that the person who is cast as Cosette has it out for her, and that she is in the middle of a dangerous backstage love triangle.. In a tangle of jealousy, passion, frustration, and ambition, Alexa and her classmates struggle to come together to pull off an amazing production. 

High school is full of drama, no matter who you are or what clique you're in, but being in the Drama club can have an extra dose of dramatic flair. Alexa has just moved to a new school, which in itself can be nerve-racking, but joining the Drama Club and realizing that being the new girl behind Addison won't get her very far. Addison pretty much owns the Drama Club, her father the main donator to the school, so she gets whatever part she wants whether she deserves it or not. So even though Alexa would make the best Cosette and it's her dream role, she ends up as Eponine, a girl caught up on Cosette's boyfriend, Marius. Life often imitates art as Alexa soon finds herself attracted to Addison's boyfriend, Collin, and soon she's in her own miserable love triangle and trying to survive the play.

This was a fast read and full of drama, laughter and some sweet moments between Alexa and Collin. I loved that each chapter was a different song title from Les Miserables, one of my favourite plays. I enjoyed that the story revolved around the production of this play, from auditions to curtain calls, and all the madness in between. The dialogue flowed nicely and the plot was great for this cute, high school story. It would be perfect for a young teenager to read, especially someone who's in drama or loves it. I was only in a few plays in high school and thankfully I did not get caught up in anything like this, but I can certainly see how it could get crazy back there. Addison was the perfect bad girl, one with money who always gets what she wants. And I love how it came to bite her in the ass at the end. Alexa made some great friends, like Eric, who wished her the best and continued to try and get her together with Collin.

A nice, light read for another who loves acting, plays, or just Les Mis in general. It shows that even if you don't get what you want, you may find something better. Getting the big part in the play is not what acting is about, it's about having fun, making friends, and becoming the character you were assigned. I'll let you know this much, this book ends a lot happier than Les Mis did!

"He kisses me at an achingly slow pace, pulling me into his arms and rubbing my back gently. It's a kiss that reminds me that we have nowhere to be right now and no one about to barge in on us. a kiss that promises many more kisses to come."

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