Like it Never Happened – Emily Adrian | ARC Review

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Pages: 368 Paperback
Publication date: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Dial Books
How I got the copy: Received by Penguin Random House Canada
Rating:  2 out of 5
Series: N/A

Summary:

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.


Review:

OK! Well. This book…

Let’s start off with the front cover where it says, “A lie. A scandal. And a whole lot of drama”. Yes, there was a whole lot of teenage drama. Yes, there was a scandal but only at the end of the book. And yes, there were a lot of hell of lies!

There was so much going on in this book that at first I thought about 3 different things were supposed to be the scandal... but they weren’t. The scandal literally doesn’t happen until the last quarter of the book! THE LAST QUARTER! Making me feel like there was was a lot of fluff or a lot of procrastinating for the main issue to be reveal. And I’m only making this a main focus because it’s what is said on the back of the book. This book is supposed to focus on Rebecca Reeves and her feelings for Charlie and a threat that destroys everything but for majority of this book Charlie and the scandal were the least of her problems.

Here are some of the problems/issues our main character struggles with:
- Rebecca and Charlie crushing on each other/weird friends
 The contracts The Essential Five make between each other
- The beginning of the story about Rebecca and Tess’ short friendship
- Rebecca’s family problems
- The Essential Five’s weird bond, they call friendship
- Rebecca’s weird fascination on Mr.McFadden

And those are just some to list but none the real scandal but I guess they factored how the story goes and how her friends react.

While reading this I just felt there was so much going on with so many little problems that it took the focus off what the real problem really was. I felt that I got a little glimpse of all of Rebecca’s problems but not enough of them to really feel for the character and connect with her.

For a story about acting I felt there was a lack of at the beginning when Rebecca and Charlie go to a Performing Arts camp, that they’re counselors but not once at this camp is acting mentioned. I just think it would have made a connection to the story and characters if we read about some acting struggles with the kids at camp.

I just didn’t love it. I recommend this to young readers who believe they’ll like this after reading the summary and enjoy YA contemporary. I may have not loved it but you might.


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Thanks for reading,
Alexa Talks Books

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