The Four Dorothys: Drama!
Pulse, 2007 (2007)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ryan Stark, narrator of
The Four Dorothys
is one of the self-styled
at exclusive Orion Academy in Malibu, California, attended by '
the sons and daughters of the biggest movers and shakers in Hollywood
'. Bryan is gay but hasn't come out yet. He and Samantha '
' Lawson (whose mother teaches at the school) are inseparable, and Hope is another close friend.
he school is staging
The Wizard of Oz
for its annual spring production - with four Dorothys for a single performance! Why you ask? It's a very long story, for which you need to read the book. There's Sam, Cindy, Suze, and '
typical spoiled Hollywood brat
' Heather Mayflower. The mystery begins when a metal lighting instrument falls onto the stage where the four stars are standing. Luckily they escape injury - this time.
series of nasty - and dangerous - incidents follow that sabotage the four, one by one. Bryan wonders who's trying to whittle down the number of Dorothys and tries to find out. While stars drop '
faster than flying monkeys in a field of poppies
', he also has to deal with watching his best friend Sam acquire as a boyfriend '
the beach blond perfect specimen
' Eric, whom Bryan particularly dislikes.
hough the mystery is fun, the friends' banter is even better, carrying the story to a satisfactory - but never serious - conclusion at the
junior prom. At the back of the book is an excerpt from the next
episode - where we're told to
grab a seat
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