I wanted to just say that all of you saying things like, "I love Raina's books but the gay stuff made this one terrible" and "This book is SO INNAPROPRIATE because it has GAY PEOPLE IN IT" really need to be more open-minded. Drama not only explores the inner workings of a real production but also gives you an inside look on middle school drama. Being gay is just as okay as being straight, but with all this pressure gay children can't be themselves and often have trouble with that, especially in middle school. I think Raina did a wonderful job portraying that. Callie is spunky and a bit headstrong at times, but puts so much passion into theater that she eventually succeeds. She never gives up on the cannon no matter how difficult it gets, and knows that even though she can't sing doesn't mean she can't follow her dreams. Liz is also an awesome best friend and helps Callie with her problems, but also isn't unrealistically over-the-top caring. Jesse and Justin learn how to embrace their homosexuality, and even though West dates Bonnie, he finally figures out what his heart is really telling him. The only sex in this book goes as far as innocent middle school crushes and concerns--"Does he like me back?" "What if he likes so-and-so instead?" "Will I ever tell him?" All in all, this book is awesome, the graphics are amazing, and it carries a great message about accepting others and sticking to your ideas.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex