Drum Roll, Please

A Novel by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Synopsis: Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. But to her surprise, quiet Melly loves playing the drums. It’s the only time she doesn’t feel like a mouse. Now she and Olivia are about to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the Michigan woods. But this summer brings a lot of big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself unexpectedly falling for another girl at camp. To top it all off, Melly’s not sure she has what it takes to be a real rock n’ roll drummer. Will she be able to make music from all the noise in her heart

We got my daughter this LBGTQ+ book for Christmas, because 1. she was asking for LGBTQ+ books and 2. because it looked like a great book and I really wanted to read it… and now that she’s getting into older middle grade/YA books we both win.

I loved the summer camp/camp rock vibes this book gave off, it made it so light and fun to read. It was written really nicely, the words flew off the page and made it a super fast read, but it still had enough substance not to be boring and lacklustre.

The characters were cute, loveable and relatable. They had very real feeling life and friendship struggles, mixed with the standard teenage dramas with huge emotions and feelings of the uncertainties of meeting new people and possibly having feelings for someone new. You just couldn’t help but love them all.

Well… mostly love them.. the characters seemed to all really like Taylor Swift, and ever since I’ve seen her live in concert in 2008, eww.. But aside from that little indiscretion, they’re great.

Such a fun and cute middle grader read. I’m so happy that this popped up in the recommended section of the website when I was shopping because it was just so sweet and wholesome.

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