When our group tried to play High School Drama for the first time, we found our selves scratching our heads on what happens to cards between semesters. Asking the creator VIA email we received this clarification:
1) DRAMA Cards are returned to the Deck when they are discarded or used. EVENTS are reshuffled at the end of the Year.
When a drama card is played, that card is returned to its original stack so that it can be redrawn later. Drama cards that are discarded at the end of a semester are also returned to their individual stacks, so that they can be redrawn each semester. None of the play testers or editors (including myself) seemed to have noticed that this was not explicitly stated in the rules. This will certainly have to be explained clearly in the FAQ.
2) Draw Cards up to Hand Size
2a) Players can choose to fill action cards into their hand with any available Hookup, Breakup, Bond or Event that's on the table.
2b) If there are no more cards of a certain action type (like say, all the hookups are taken), then the player must choose from another action to fill their hand. Often, players just go for a random event card on the hopes of finding the card they needed.
3) Alternate Turns Playing any Two Actions from Hand
After Freshman year, players will have more cards than they can play during any given semester. And that's normal.
4) Discard Cards from Hand between Semesters
4a) All DRAMA cards (blue-backed action cards like the regular Hookup, Breakup or Bond) MUST be returned
4b) All EVENT cards (yellow-backed action cards from the random event deck) MAY be returned or may be kept between semesters. Even event cards that don't specifically state that they may be held between semesters may be held in the player's hand.
The "may be held between semesters" text was added to re-remind players that they can hold onto these important actions. However, not all the cards had room for that text addition and the explicit reminder was not placed on them. The rules booklet state that events can be kept between semesters, but some events restate that same line on the card. This is probably what caused your confusion.
5) Discard All Cards at the End of Each Year
5a) ALL cards (both drama and event cards) MUST be returned, even those that say "may be held between semesters."
5b) Shuffle all the event cards at the end of each year.
Arden Nelson Jr.
Thanks for posting these clarifications here. This cleared up a few things that were confusing me.