Drama has appeared on the banned book list for a few years now and has been banned in several Texas schools due to the sexual orientation of the characters in this graphic novel.
Read for: Graphic Novel Challenge/ Recent Purchase and Banned Book Week
Synopsis: "PLACES, EVERYONE!
Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can't really sing. Instead she's the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!"
My Review: I had noticed this book a while ago and had put it on my TBR but didn't get around to it until now, when I discovered it is on the banned book list. This graphic novel is cute and entertaining, so much drama in one book. I love that this book focuses more on the backstage of the school play and doesn't revolve around the lead cast. Callie is a great character that is full of personality and determination, I love how she just pulls in the people around her. It also has a light-hearted look at the typical high school drama of friendships and relationships breaking apart and coming back together, and who is mad at who, all the typical teen drama. It is a good, clean and fun graphic novel for young teens (but can be enjoyed by everyone).
My Rating: This one is so cute, there is a lot of that high school drama but without it being annoying like I find a lot of YA contemporaries to be. I really enjoyed it and give it a rating of Four Paws!
I honestly cannot even comprehend what someone would see in this book worthy of a ban. There is no drugs, no foul language, not even a hint of explicit scenes or language. To ban a book simply for the orientation of the characters is completely crazy in today's world. This is a sweet and entertaining graphic novel about finding yourself and being confident in your own personality, body and skills.