Monday, May 19, 2014

DRAMARAMA, by E. Lockhart

The book “Dramarama” by E. Lockhart gave me a different look and feel while reading this book. I felt as if I had a personal connection with the story. while reading the book, it was not obvious that I was reading a book, more like a movie playing. As soon as I opened the first page, a movie started to play in my head. With the first page being dialogue like a play when Demi says “Is it on?” (pg.1), an image and movie played in my head.

The story is a girl and a gay boy meeting at a small ordinary town. When the girl meets the boy she finds her soul mate, but since he is gay, her best friend who she loves. He brought out the real her, she finally has the chance to be herself and talk about theater and classical films and music. No one in her town liked that type of stuff. “Sarah’s dull, mild and boring. Are you dull mild and boring?” Asked Demi (the boy) (pg. 20). When they both auditioned for a school of the arts, they decided to change Sarah’s name to Sandra.

This audition was just what they both needed to get themselves out of the small boring town they were in. THEY WERE BOTH ACCEPTED. It was a great experience for them, but of course you put a whole bunch of theater kids together there definitely WILL be tension, drama, and conflicts. Everything you can think about, is in this book. Tears, Sweat, laughers, fights, love triangles, broken hearts. It’s a journey for these two “ordinary” kids.

T perform isn’t to show

To speak isn’t to tell

To act isn’t to pretend

To dance isn’t to move

Its more then to show , to perform is to express. To speak is to be heard, make a statement. To act is to change and adapt. To dance is to explain words and feelings with your body.

The Afterlife by Gary Soto

This Novel The Afterlife by Gary Soto is an interesting book and at the same time confusing,this Novel is about some adolescents that are in High School, but their lives change as time is passing by life’s circumstances.

They have a normal life as everyone,but when the time is passing they will have problems with each other,Rachel,Chuy and Eddy the Three friends all them are Mexicans.

One day Chuy was in the school's bathroom in a mystery guy with yellow shoes entered too and stabbed him on the back,Chuy started to Bleed without control while the mystery guy was gone.Chuy died.Then he became a ghost and returned,but like ghost,no one could see him,just feel his presence.

Before Chuy die he thought no body cares about him.After he dies, he sees that people actually do care about him. Chuy says to himself, "My parents, followed by Uncle Richard and my mom's comadre, Carmen, entered with their faces lowered.They had stopped crying but their eyes were red"(56).Chuy could walk through walls, and walk much faster than ordinary steps.When Chuy visited his parents,they were very sad.

Chuy's mom wants Chuy's best friend, Eddy, to kill Yellow Shoes so that they can avenge Chuy's death.They had a conversation."I want you to do it. Eddy looked away. Come on mi'jo you can do it. I can't. It's wrong"(59). Here Eddy is facing one of his problems by deciding not to kill Yellow Shoes because he knows that Chuy wouldn't want that to happen and it is wrong to take revenge.

Chuy feels lonely that he cannot communicate with anyone.Chuy is getting frustrated when he cannot say goodbye to his "girl", Rachel. Chuy says to himself, "I looked down at the mirror on the floor. I couldn't see myself, only a crack in the ceiling. I want Rachel to be my girl. My loneliness was as deep at that mirror"(46).

Then Chuy met a girl named Crystal and she died of an overdose of drugs. She killed herself because she was confused about what to do. Chuy and Crystal fell in love with each other and they both lived life as a ghost as they slowly vanished into thin air.