by Jennifer Jamelli
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: August 29, 2014
Publisher: Jennifer Jamelli
Genre: YA Romance
Print Length: 294 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
All Alexa wants is to be cast as Cosette…until she meets her very own Marius.
of the drama in Drama Club happens long before the curtain opens and
far away from center stage. Alexa Grace finds herself right at the heart
of that drama—in a whirlwind of gossip and emotions and charades—when
she moves to a new school and auditions for Les Misérables. She quickly
realizes that the auditions are fixed, that the person who is cast as
Cosette has it out for her, and that she is in the middle of a dangerous
backstage love triangle. In a tangle of jealousy, passion, frustration,
Alexa and her castmates struggle to come together
to pull off an amazing production. Join them from cast list to curtain
as you read DRAMA UNSUNG.
Drama Unsung by Jennifer Jamelli
Remember high school? Were you ever “the new girl?” Alexa can sing and act, so when auditions were being held for the Dram Club version of Les Miserables, what better way for her to make new friends with common interests? Well, that isn’t how it quite worked out, sure she made friends, but the skewed auditions proved that money can buy almost anything, including the role she so desperately wanted and deserved. Lesson one: Never make an enemy of the most influential girl in school, because you will pay dearly in humiliation and pain. Lesson two: Never fall for that girl’s boyfriend, unless he is really, REALLY worth it and will get out of his current relationship. As the curtain is about to rise, the drama only thickens as secrets are revealed.
Drama Unsung by Jennifer Jamelli is one of those books that sneak up on you as you settle in and become a teenager again. Ms. Jamelli has created characters that are doing what teens do in the contemporary world, where drama can be a given for some. From the hunky athlete to the quirky comedian, who is proud to be out of the closet, to the nasty cliques with the girls too insecure with themselves to be nice to others, Jennifer Jamelli has built a world that screams YOU ARE HERE, THIS IS REAL! Feel the tension, the emotion and the pride these kids have in their accomplishments. Oh, I forgot to mention the Drama Teacher… She, on her own, took me back to my days in school!
Jennifer Jamelli has talent, as proven in her two “Checked” novels, but this YA read is a step out for her, with her best foot forward.