I received this free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Alexa is new to school, and all she has ever dreamed of is to play Cosette in Les Misérables. So when the Drama Club starts to hold auditions for the play, she jumps at the chance to audition. However, she soon realises that the auditions are fixed and she will never be able to play Cosette. Drama Unsung is the story of jealousy, ambition and passion.
I had issues with the book, but overall, I did enjoy it. I’ll start with the problems I had with this.
‘They haven’t gotten far enough into being gay to worry about their appearances, though.’
‘Not a gay scent either. Too clean and not-designer smelling.’
I don’t know about you, but I didn’t know that their was such a thing as ‘gay scent’ or ‘straight faces’. That was the only big issue I really had with Drama Unsung.
It was very stereotypical, such as the characters. There was the good girl, the mean girl, the boyfriend of the mean girl who is a sweetheart, and the gay best friend. The characters were not really people I could relate to, but I liked their passion for the music and show.
The plot was one thing that I did enjoy. It was a light read, and it kept me entertained enough. There were some good twists and turns that kept me turning the pages. I’ve never read or even watches Les Mis, but I got the idea of it from reading this, as Jamelli did a good job explaining it.
I liked the romance, despite the insta-love. There was some good chemistry between the two, but it mostly felt like she didn’t even talk or look at him and he was falling madly for her, and vice versa.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read, but perhaps I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have because it was maybe a little young for me. It would probably appeal more to lovers of Les Mis, and younger readers.
MY RATING: ★★★☆☆