Like It Never Happened By Emily Adrian
Publishing Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Pages: 368 pages
Young Adult Contemporary
The Premise: The story follows Rebecca Rivers, who is recently casted as the lead in her school's play. This new change changes everything for Rebecca socially. Along with her other four castmates, they form the "Essential Five" - all vowing to not date one another because that would ruin things. Things change when Rebecca kisses Charlie on stage and actually begins to have feelings for him. The story takes a turn when a horrible rumor and lie about Rebecca is spread around school that affects the entire group.
My overall thoughts and review: When I was first pitched this book, the description and premise stated that it would be for fans of E. Lockhart, who, as some of you may know, I am a fan of. I was incredibly excited about this book. It was definitely "a whole lot of drama" like the description states. This book definitely reminded me of the TV series Glee, because the school production lifted all of these five individuals out of their shells (somewhat) and also the teacher, Mr. McFadden plays a significant role in the book as well, like the teachers did in the glee series. I really enjoyed Rebecca as a character because she was incredibly self-aware. She often made bad choices and decisions, knowingly, but the fact that she admitted to them and did not try to kind of change how she was being perceived really surprised me. I loved seeing her growth as a character and it really drove me insane at times seeing her plunged into a world of drama. The book also focuses a lot on Rebecca's relationship with her parents and also her sister, Mary. Mary was a side character, but I really enjoyed the scenes when Rebecca was spending time with her sister Mary. All in all, I think that this was quite a good young adult contemporary "scandal/revenge" type read. It deals with all the clique problems of high-school and also demonstrates good character progression which is always a requirement in my books. This is my first time reading something by Emily Adrian and I can't wait to read what she writes next!
My rating of the book: ✮✮✮✮ (4/5 stars)
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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Penguin Canada (RazorbillCA) for consideration/review. All opinions are my own.