So Not The Drama (Del Rio Bay Clique #1)

 
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So Not The Drama (Del Rio Bay Clique #1)
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Release Date
March 01, 2007
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0758218591
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Mina Mooney has big plans for infiltrating the social glitterati at Del Rio Bay High--with a little help from her playground peeps Lizzie, Michael, and JZ. But it isn't long before Mina's big plans take a back seat to some unexpected drama. Lizzie's scored an invite from the beautiful people that Mina can only dream about, and not only is Michael tripping about being back in school, but now he's beefing with JZ. Worst of all, Mina's sociology class experiment to rid Del Rio Bay High of prejudice is about to backfire--because it might just mean she'll have to rid herself of her very best friend.

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High School: Raw & Uncut
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So Not The Drama might look like a typical high school clique novel, with its bright pink cover and social-climber main character, Mina. But after a few chapters, it is clear that this Del Rio Bay Clique book is far from ordinary.

Mina, Lizzie, Michael and JZ are a close-knit group of friends, and they are starting their freshman year of high school together. Each one of the friends has different aspirations for the new year; Lizzie has theater, JZ has football, Michael has costume crew, and Mina has cheerleading (and elevating her social status). Even though Mina is the main character, Hyman makes sure that all of her friends figure prominently into the plot.

The four friends have never had problems staying close, even with all of their different activities. But as their freshman year begins, they seem to be spending less and less time together. Besides cheerleading, Minas suddenly extremely busy with her group project in Sociology. Mina and the three other girls in her group are given the task of eradicating their prejudices. They decide that having sleepovers at each girls house will be the perfect way to get to know each other. It sounds simple enough, but the girls quickly discover that their project will take a lot of time and effort to really get to know one another. As their project progresses, Mina learns a lot about herself and reevaluates the importance of popularity. But when her Sociology project begins to get in the way of her friendship with Lizzie, will she have to choose between her newfound friends and her best friend?

Paula Chase Hyman addresses so many facets of friendship and high school life in So Not The Drama. I really wish that I had a Sociology class at high school, because the lessons Mina learned through her project really transcend the boundaries of school. I also loved how honest the characters in So Not The Drama were. They really stuck by their beliefs and while they definitely opened up to each other, they realized that not everybody will always be friends, and thats okay. By the end of the book, I learned how my first impressions of the characters were often pretty wrong. While it can be hard to approach every situation with an open mind, being judgmental is definitely not the way to make friends!

Props to Ms. Hyman for giving us a comprehensive look at the high school experience with very colorful characters that never fail to express themselves.
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Making the transition from middle school to high school is never easy. Four life-long friends are about to take that step together: Mina, the girl who is genuinely nice to everyone and can't wait to be in high school; JZ, the jock and ladies' man; Lizzie, the hopeful actress; and Michael, whose secret ambitions aren't even known to his best friends.

A great deal of the book deals with Mina's sociology class, where a project forces the students to confront their prejudices head-on and and discuss family matters, racial identity, social status, and more. As the girls in her group visit each other's homes, they realize how vastly different their neighborhoods and backgrounds are, and that first impressions can be deceiving. While some books would make them all become buddy-buddy after this experiment, that is not necessarily the case here.

This is only one example of what makes Paula Chase's YA debut so realistic. Another would be Lizzie's awkwardness around the school's leading actress, who is prone to giving backhanded compliments. As four freshman start being pulled in different directions, tempers flare. Fights between friends can be worse that those with enemies. Lizzie and Mina find themselves at odds, as do Michael and JZ.

Unlike other clique-y books, which may emphasize the negative connotation of the word 'clique' to mean 'exclusivity,' DEL RIO BAY HIGH CLIQUE simply refers to the core group of friends. Also unlike similarly-titled stories, SO NOT THE DRAMA is a multi-layered story. High school is a vast ocean, and it's easy to get caught up in the current. It's just as easy to get caught up in this book. Urban, gritty, contemporary, and thoughtful.
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Making the transition from middle school to high school is never easy. Four life-long friends are about to take that step together: Mina, the girl who is genuinely nice to everyone and can't wait to be in high school; JZ, the jock and ladies' man; Lizzie, the hopeful actress; and Michael, whose secret ambitions aren't even known to his best friends.

A great deal of the book deals with Mina's sociology class, where a project forces the students to confront their prejudices head-on and and discuss family matters, racial identity, social status, and more. As the girls in her group visit each other's homes, they realize how vastly different their neighborhoods and backgrounds are, and that first impressions can be deceiving. While some books would make them all become buddy-buddy after this experiment, that is not necessarily the case here.

This is only one example of what makes Paula Chase's YA debut so realistic. Another would be Lizzie's awkwardness around the school's leading actress, who is prone to giving backhanded compliments. As four freshman start being pulled in different directions, tempers flare. Fights between friends can be worse that those with enemies. Lizzie and Mina find themselves at odds, as do Michael and JZ.

Unlike other clique-y books, which may emphasize the negative connotation of the word 'clique' to mean 'exclusivity,' DEL RIO BAY HIGH CLIQUE simply refers to the core group of friends. Also unlike similarly-titled stories, SO NOT THE DRAMA is a multi-layered story. High school is a vast ocean, and it's easy to get caught up in the current. It's just as easy to get caught up in this book. Urban, gritty, contemporary, and thoughtful.
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It was just an average book on the pressures on high school and having to face those old rivals, or even do school projects with them. Mina is very spunky and very confident about herself, and she is very outspoken. Although, she can be quite annoying...
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