In exactly one hour, eighteen minutes, and thirty-five seconds, Mina Mooney will be dipping her pink Nellie timbs into the infamous frosh pit. . .
Hoping Del Rio Bay High will live up to her greatest expectations, Mina has big plans for infiltrating the school's social glitterati. After all, she's been mad popular for as long as she can remember—and she isn't about to go from Middle School Royalty to High School Ambiguity. But Del Rio Bay is a big school, so it'll take some plotting to avoid getting lost in the crowd. Good thing she isn't afraid of a little hard work and that her playground peeps—Lizzie, Michael, and JZ—have got her back.
But it isn't long before Mina's big plans for securing her social status take a back seat to some drama that was so not expected. 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 the world—or at least 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.
A novel about friendship, betrayal, and how far some will go for popularity, So Not the Drama takes a fresh and wickedly funny look at planet high school.
Popularity-obsessed Mina, who narrates this first title in the Del Rio Bay Clique series, starts freshman year at Del Rio Bay High, a school full of cliques, and dreams of getting in with "the Uppers." But when her sociology teacher asks the class to "make a conscious choice either to embrace or eliminate it from your life," Mina begins to figure out what really matters to her. In a thick book with many characters and interweaving plots, the heart of the story revolves around Mina's sociology work group, which includes a girl from the projects, a rich girl and a mean popular girl (Jessica, who has special venom for Mina). They spend nights at each other's houses, learning to "respect our differences," and Mina gets engrossed with her group. She even fights with Lizzie, her best friend and the only white girl in her clique, after Lizzie makes comments about the boyfriend of one of Mina's group members. Meanwhile, Mina and Lizzie's friends JZ and Michael feud, too: jock JZ fears rumors will spread about Michael's sexuality when he starts designing costumes for the school play. Readers will like the genuine dialogue ("I think it's cool that y'all have never let color interfere with your friendship," Michael tells Mina. "So just squash this thing and make up"), but may find some characters, such as icy Jessica, a bit overblown. Heavy plotting makes for slow-going at times, but there is plenty here for readers to ponder about race, class and popularity (and lots of material for the next book). Ages 12-up.