So Not the Drama is a light easy read that still talks about some serious issues. Mina is entering high school along with 3 best friends (1 girl, 2 boys) and is very concerned with becoming one of the “popular” crowd. Throughout the novel Mina deals with keeping up her friendships, forming new ones, popularity, race issues, and more. I enjoyed reading about Mina and her friends, and thought that the issues presented were done in a light interesting way. There are a few swear words but I don’t think that they’re over done or too explicit. I’d say this book is appropriate for students in grades 8-10. I do not see this book appealing to teenage boys or being used in a classroom, though there are discussion questions at the end of the book. This is book 1 of a 5 book series, and I hope to read the rest within the next 2 months.
Filed under: Black, Bullying, First Love/Crushes, Fitting In, Latino/Latina, Multi-Racial, Multi/Alternative Genre, Poverty, Racism, Realistic Fiction, Teen Girls | Tagged: Paula Chase, YA Literature, Young Adult |