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So Not the Drama

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Packed high school tale raises race, class, identity issues.

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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.

Book Details

  • Author: Paula Chase
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Dafina Books
  • Publication date: February 27, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 14
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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