By Raanan Sarid-Segal
Divine has been working hard carving out her own corner in the literary world since 2006 with her Drama High series. This series, running for seventeen books now, chronicles the adventures of Jayd and her crew in Compton, USA, as they are buffeted on all sides by both the social and financial pressures of the day, and decidedly more mystical threats, rooted in voodoo mythology and spiritual constructs.
As the series progresses, the conflicts that Jayd, the main character of the series, become an endless series of high drama events, fusing romantic pressures with boys and rivalries with other girls, as well as including mystical battles that have been raging between Jayd’s family and the family of their neighbor Esmeralda. The tone is decidedly escapist, allowing the reader to get swept along in the romances and machinations, occasionally wrapping it’s milleu around relevant issues of the day, such as police overreach, or the ways crime and negative influences can poison a community.
The Drama High series is widely accessible online, in bookstores and through the Massachusetts inter-library loan system known as Minuteman. For those looking to get into the series, each book is roughly two hundred pages, making reading them fairly simple. As little as twenty minutes or so a day will see one through each book very quickly. The fast pace and deliriously convoluted interpersonal relationships could easily captivate younger readers, even as the series repeats itself in some moments.