"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

04 August 2014

Drama Queens in the House

Williams, Julie. Drama Queens in the House. Roaring Brook Press, 2014.

Jessie's family owns and runs a theater company, and they are happily celebrating Jessie's early graduation from high school when she discovers that her dad is cheating on her mom ... with a man. Jessie spends a tumultuous year adjusting to a new family dynamic and trying to discover her place in the world.

I really liked the premise of this book, and I love that the narrator is a POC, but the book isn't just about the Jessie's race. However, Jessie seemed very immature for sixteen. If I imagined that she was twelve or thirteen instead, then the book made perfect sense, but Jessie did not read like a high school graduate trying to find her way in the world. I could easily recommend this book to the middle school students in my library, and even some upper elementary students, but it would not fit a high school audience.

Recommended for: tweens
Red Flags: none
Overall Rating: 3/5 stars

Read-Alikes: Better Nate Than Ever

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