Dramarama by E. Lockhart is a story about two best friends, Demi and Sayde, who are trying to find a place in the world for their big personalities to fit into. Their first destination together? Wildewood. A summer theater program where Demi will finally find a place to be himself and really shine and Sayde will test the limits of how far is too far. On the way they'll meet a cast of characters who are funny and poignant and together they'll have the experience of a lifetime.
I really enjoyed Dramarama. I read mixed reviews and was a little hesitant to pick it up but the start of Glee pushed me over the edge and I finished it within a day! Seeing Demi and Sayde's relationship evolve was funny and heart-breaking. I think everyone has had that friend that they needed at one point in their lives. And then realized one day that you didn't need them anymore. It's an awful feeling and Lockhart portrays their relationship in a very real way but keeps true to her humorous voice.
I also loved Sayde. Although sometimes I didn't agree with the way she questioned everything and tried to direct the directors, I couldn't help but admire her drive for something better and to find meaning in what she was doing. Ultimately, the clash in this novel was between being yourself and having a voice and being part of a community even if it means keeping quiet for the betterment of the production. And honestly, at the end of the novel I was torn. The novel makes good arguments for both sides. And Demi and Sayde have to decide for themselves which side is right for them.
This novel was a lot of fun, too, because you could sing along with your favorite songs, rave about your favorite musicals, and laugh out loud to the hilarity that ensues over a summer of boys, "pouncing", belting, sneaking out, and becoming close to and understanding people you may never have otherwise.