Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Mary Depner
Publisher: Meriwether Publishing Ltd.
Mary Depner’s collection of one hundred monologues memorializes the teenage years with the two-sided coin of comedy and heartbreak. The book is divided into two sections: fifty monologues for teen girls and fifty monologues for teen boys. Monologues vary in length and cover a variety of topics, including romance, family life, quarrels between friends, body image, and bullying. Modern teens will easily relate to these topics and colloquial slang. The themes within this book have ranging levels of maturity according to topic, but none would be inappropriate for children to use.
This book is definitely appropriate for junior high and high school students to use for theatrical audition purposes. While the books have lighthearted teen-friendly topics with an occasional heavier subject such as bullying or parental divorce, none of the monologues are particularlythought-provoking, and the arc of the plot lines are not memorable. This book is an adequate first introduction to theater, but probably won’t give adequate space for a child to work through difficult topics in depth. This book is a great shelf-warmer for spontaneity, but not for a rich source of high-quality theatrical work.