Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen (Lying Wont Get You Far)

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Lying Won’t Get You Far

Telling a lie is like temporarily escaping reality, but when reality hits, life becomes more complicated than it would’ve been if the truth would’ve been told. A few reasons people tell lies are to get away with something, to hide things, to embellish their lives and to cover the truth. When a person becomes so absorbed in lies that they’re constantly lying, they tend to forget their true self. In “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” a teenage girl, Lola Cep, moves to a new state. She views this as an opportunity to ‘recreate herself’ by lying, which almost breaks up her most valuable friendship. Both the book and the film do a great job of ...view middle of the document...

Another character is described as, “Carla Santini…was the center of all meaningful homeroom conversation among the girls. Sophisticated, beautiful, and radiating with confidence…” (Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Sheldon) Carla’s the stereotypical be the popular girl, beautiful, smart, talented, well-liked and the one who runs the school. She knows everything about everyone, her deceitfulness and sneakiness always seems to get her what she wants. At one point in the Sheldon’s Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Carla says to Lola, “You’re going to wish you had killed yourself when I get through with you.” For the first time she isn’t given the lead role in the school’s play, Lola gets the part. She tries to intimidate others and use her popularity to scare people so that she’ll get what she wants. There’s also Ella Gerard, who becomes Lola’s best friend, she’s a reserved, quiet girl who does what she’s told. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, by Sheldon says, “She always goes for “the classic look,” which means that everyone else dresses like the followers of the fashion they are, and Ella dresses like her mother.” She doesn’t follow trends or dress with the latest fashions. She dresses like a mom and doesn’t become absorbed in what everyone else is doing. She gets through day by day minding her own business. Another quote from Sheldon’s novel is, “…I sensed almost immediately that Ella was different in that last, crucial respect.” Lola says this, she can tell simply by looking that she isn’t just another Carla Santini suck up or a replica of a wannabe. She is an interesting individual and she does her own thing her own way without lying or being manipulative. All types of people including liars, manipulators and truth tellers, are represented in “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.”
The plot demonstrates how faking who you are and lying won’t get you anywhere. Lola lies or embellishes everything; she even lies to her friend saying, “I was a love child!” She tries to cover the truth of almost every part of her life. Her parents are simply divorced, which isn’t a very uncommon thing, so Lola needed to make it more exciting and interesting. She also claimed in “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” by Sugarman that her father died, “While picking up my mothers favorite flowers, there was a terrible accident. We found him strewn across Fifth Avenue…and Sixth.” Ella believes this lie and feels really bad for her friend. She thinks that this is a True fact from Lola’s life. When Ella unravels this lie she is livid. Lola tries to get off the hook by saying she wanted to be more interesting, Ella replies by saying, “We’re sitting here in a New York police station with a cultural icon, waiting for your dead father to show up, and you want to be more interesting? More interesting than what?” She wants absolutely nothing to do with Lola. She won’t even look...

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