Author: Emily Adrian
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Dial Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Stereotypes, sexuality, and destructive rumors collide in this smart YA novel for fans of Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl, Siobhan Vivian’s The List, and E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.
When Rebecca Rivers lands the lead in her school’s production of The Crucible, she gets to change roles in real life, too. She casts off her old reputation, grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates, and kisses the extremely handsome Charlie Lamb onstage. Even Mr. McFadden, the play’s critical director, can find no fault with Rebecca.
Though “The Essential Five” vow never to date each other, Rebecca can’t help her feelings for Charlie, leaving her both conflicted and lovestruck. But the on and off-stage drama of the cast is eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything…even if some of it is just make believe.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Like It Never Happened is one of those tough books to review. It was a fun book to read that drew me in quickly and kept my interested, but were just some things that I didn’t like.
I’ll start with what I liked. Emily Adrian’s writing was really good. I liked how she set up the story in the present while giving us looks at the past. The story alternated back and forth seamlessly and it kept the pace moving. I liked getting the pieces of the whole story a little at a time.
I also really liked the characters. The “Essiential Five” seemed like such a fun group. I loved discovering who each character truly was outside of the group. My favorite character from the group was Lianne. She was the most supportive of everyone and seemed to have it together.
The drama aspect of the story was very cool. I don’t think I’ve read a book about high school drama club before. It was new and original. I also liked the summer camp setting.
As for the things I didn’t like…I didn’t like Rebecca’s relationship/friendship with her drama director. I know teenagers have crushes on their teachers all the time. When it seems like the attraction might go both ways it creeps me out.
Another thing I thought was a little ridiculous was the slut-shaming of Rebecca’s character. The reason behind it seemed a little silly to me. She would have been made fun of at my school but not slut-shamed. And that was a long time ago.
The last thing I didn’t like was the amount of cigarette smoking in this book. I know I’m getting old, but it bothered me. I felt like it glorified cigarettes. Which is weird because the alcohol in the story didn’t bug me.
Like It Never Happened was an enjoyable book to read even if I didn’t love everything about it. I loved the writing and I’m looking forward to seeing what Emily Adrian will write next.