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Book review: Drama High: Frenemies by L. Divine

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By Terri Schlichenmeyer

"Drama High: Frenemies" is the fourth in a series by author L. Divine, and I wasn't as crazy about this one as I was about the first ones, maybe because Jayd has grown up quite a bit over the pages and immerses herself in so much angst that I get tired just reading about it.
"Drama High: Frenemies" by L. Divine
c.2008, Kensington
$9.95 / $13.50 Canada
218 pages, includes book club guide

So, let's say one of your girls finally gets something she's always wanted. You know she's worked hard for it. You know it's been a dream of hers. You see that she's finally reached her heart's desire and you're happy for her because, if the shoe was on the other foot, she'd be happy for you.

Right?

Maybe not, if you go to South Bay High School. In the new book "Drama High: Frenemies" by L. Divine, Jayd Jackson's back in school and trying to remember to keep her friends close, but her enemies closer.

By now, you'd think Jayd would be used to having those dreams. She inherited her gifts from Mama and those prediction-like dreams usually don't bother her much.

This one does.

Jayd dreamed that her man, Jeremy, was Tania's baby daddy. Jeremy hadn't said anything, of course, and neither did Tania, but Jayd knew. It was only a matter of time before everyone else did, too.

And then there's Rah. He and Jayd have been friends since forever and there was once a time when they were more-than-friends but that was over. Until the kiss, that is. Rah kissed Jayd a few days back and even though Jeremy is her boy, she can't forget Rah's soft lips or his curly 'fro that feels so soft beneath Jayd's fingers.

As if this all isn't enough drama, Jayd's girl, Nellie, made Homecoming Queen. While that's a great thing and Jayd knows how much Nellie wanted to wear the crown, it also means that Nellie has been hanging with that heffa, Tania and her rich-girl friends. She's been dissing Mickey and Jayd, and it's working on Jayd's last nerve. Add that to the fact that Mickey's been acting weird, too, and Jayd doesn't know where to turn next. It's even affecting her job at Simply Wholesome.

Mama tries to help by making sure Jayd does her healing lessons, takes cleansing baths, and helps in her Spirit Room, but Jayd can't escape all that's going on at school because her favorite uncle, Bryan, is friends with Rah and KJ, who likes Jayd but also likes Mickey.

Whew. And you think your school is tough!

"Drama High: Frenemies" is the fourth in a series by author L. Divine, and I wasn't as crazy about this one as I was about the first ones, maybe because Jayd has grown up quite a bit over the pages and immerses herself in so much angst that I get tired just reading about it. Containing more drama than an HBO special, this book also contains an entire high-school's worth of characters, and that can be really very confusing, particularly if this is the book you start out with.

My advice is to start with the first of the Drama High series and work your way up, if you want to truly enjoy this slice-of-teenage-life novel. By time you get to this one, you'll know that "Drama High: Frenemies" is a series you'll want to share with all your friends.
 

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