Hey lookie here! New feature: Book reviews!
Disclaimer: I'm only going to blog about books I like. I'm choosing to focus on positive reviews and here's my somewhat rational rationale:
a) Just because I don't like something, doesn't mean it isn't good. I have my own taste and preferences and would feel really, really, really, (REALLY), bad if a writer was googling themselves (it happens) and came across something negative that I posted. I don't always know what I'm talking about after all (don't tell my husband).
b) I'm a positive person. I would rather broadcast happy thoughts into the blogosphere than negative. That's just how I roll. (side bar: sometimes I do just wanna talk smack, but it's always in good fun and about fictional things. Like Dora...curse her and her crazy boot monkey!).
c) if I'm posting a book review, you know it's good because otherwise, it wouldn't be here. So you know what to expect when you see the blog title.
Which leads us to....
This weekend I read a FABULOUS contemporary YA book by E. Lockhart called Dramarama.
Here's the sitch:
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,
song and dance,
that will determine their future
--and test their friendship.
(from Amazon product description)
Best thing about this book?
So many things. The voice, the characters that jump off the page (and sing - badly or not - in your face), the relationship between the MC and the best friend, and the dialogue is incredibly well done (which is difficult when you have a cast of characters.) And, since I did some drama in high school and minored in dance in college, it totally brought me back to my performing days.
"In Brenton, Ohio, where I'm from, committing suicide would be redundant."
Why you should read this book (especially if you are a YA writer):
The dialogue (which I already mentioned, but it's important enough to mention again). The characters sound like teenagers without being forced to use a ton of cliches or slang. They even make up their own slang. The MC is a flawed, but likeable character that makes mistakes. The mistakes are understandable and she learns from them and by the end of the book, you can tell that she's changed/grown (HELLO character arc!)
Stay tuned because sometime in the near future I'm going to be waxing intellectual about an element of fiction writing I still have a hard time with: transitions!