So Not The Drama [Kensington Books/Dafina for Young Readers] by Paula Chase introduces readers ages 11+ to bright-eyed, optimistic Mina Mooney, a high school freshman with nothing more on her mind than climbing the popularity ladder, until a sociology experiment to rid the world – or at least Del Rio Bay High School – of prejudice backfires. The project causes a rift between Mina and her best friend, Lizzie, and sends Mina on a journey of exploration that’s both funny and eye-opening.
So Not The Drama is about the transition from middle to high school and the impact it can have on friendship.
Here's what some reviewers are saying about it:
"Contemporary friendship story, which revels in rich diversity of race, color and class." —Booklist
"Readers will like the genuine dialogue." —Publishers Weekly
"A multi-layered story…contemporary and thoughtful." —Little Willow of Bildungsroman
April Girls Life magazine Book Pick
April/May Crave selection, Right On! magazine
About the Author
Paula Chase has written for Girls Life, Sweet 16 and Baltimore Magazine, among others. In addition to her background in corporate communications and public relations, she founded the Committed Black Women, a youth mentoring program for 14-17 year old girls. Her Del Rio Bay Clique series helped launch Kensington Books YA line and joins a burgeoning number of YA books targeted to multi-culti suburbanite teens. Chase calls her brand of teen literature, Hip Lit, a nod to the diversity spawned by the MTV-watching, 106 & Park-ing, pop culture hungry hip hop generation. The author lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters. Learn more about the series and author at www.paulachasehyman.com
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