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It’s 1962 and Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion—to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program The Corny Collins Show and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to teen celebrity. But can this newcomer beat out the show’s pretty but mean star, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her ’do? Only in this novelization of Hairspray, a remake of the 1988 cult-classic movie and the Tony Award–winning Broadway play.
ISBN: 9780843126907
Branch Call Number: WES


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FindingJane Oct 30, 2014

Simplistic and, yes, a little corny, this book takes one of the most socially sensitive issues—racial integration—and sets it to a dance groove. Bouncing along and cloaking its message under snappy patter, lyrics, dance moves and bouffant hairstyles, <u>Hairspray</u> reduces the tension to a level acceptable for small children.

Racial bigotry is merely a barrier set against black and white kids dancing on the same show. (The book neatly sidesteps the grimmer social problems of the day like equal pay, dining in the same restaurants or living in the same neighborhoods.) But in spite of that it does manage to lay out various serious scenarios without losing its sparkle: teenaged rebellion, the search for a criminal fugitive, arrests of citizens during peaceable assembly, potential miscegenation, etc.

It’s not deep literature by any means but it serves as a passable introduction to the 2007 remake of John Waters’s original hit movie.

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