A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
There's more to life than being popular. Race and class issues affect high school social dynamics and politics.
Positive Role Models
One character deals drugs, another remains snotty until the end, and another threatens several fights. There is some tension between two male characters after one begins to design costumes for the theater department and others wonder if he's gay.
Some swear words.
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Products & Purchases
BMW, the May Company, some characters are obsessed with shopping and style, plus the chapters begin with lines from songs.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character sells drugs, another has a mother in rehab.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that So Not the Drama deals with some serious topics having to do with race, sexuality, and class. One character deals drugs, another remains snotty until the end, and another threatens several fights. There is some tension between two male characters after one begins to design costumes for the theater department and other teens begin to question his sexual orientation.
Is It Any Good?
This kickoff to a new series is so thick, it's hard to wade through. The perspective and storylines change constantly, which can be overwhelming for young readers, though all of these characters and plot points will certainly give the author plenty of room to grow her series.
On the plus side, the dialogue, diary entries, and IM exchanges have a lively and authentic feel. ("Come on now. We girls. No one knows more about me than you," Mina tells Lizzie.) And there's plenty to think about -- from race and class issues to the politics of the high school lunchroom. The author even includes a readers' group discussion guide.
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