Tuesday, 2 June 2015

ARC Review: Like it Never Happened by Emily Adrian


Author: Emily Adrian
Pages: 368
Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Received from: publisher
Status: standalone

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.

After I finished the book, I lent it to my friend, who surprisingly liked it. I on the other hand, was not really a big fan of this book, and will probably forget about it, Like it Never Happened.

The book is supposed to be about Rebecca, and her newfound romance with Charlie Lamb, and how there's supposed to be a big scandal that's supposed to ruin everything. That scandal- THAT BIG ONE- did not happen till near the end of the book.

There were a lot a stereotypical teenage drama clich├ęs that happened in this book, and there were a lot of problems within the book that didn't necessarily focus on Rebecca, and in the end, didn't give me much feel for her. She had a lot of problems of her own, but there were a lot of other things that happened that I felt were just there to "build up" to the big scandal that didn't happen till near the end.

Overall, it was an okay story, but I would've preferred if we got to know Rebecca more. I recommend this to anyone that likes reading YA contemporary (like my friend, who loves the genre, and enjoyed the book very much), because you may actually enjoy it!

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