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Title: Like It Never Happened
Author: Emily Adrian
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
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.
Ever since their first play together, the Essential Five have stuck together. The Essential Five, Rebecca, Charlie, Liane, Tess, and Tim have all signed a pact to never be romantically involved with each other. Everything changes the summer Rebecca and Charlie decide to hook up and start dating.
There is a wonderful cast of characters in Like It Never Happened. The main character, Rebecca Rivers, is the girl who always gets in the lead in the school productions. Even though Rebecca is one of the best performers at her school, she is modest. Her older sister, Mary, has been gone for most of her life, but comes back home to announce her engagement. Rebecca and Mary grow closer than they have ever been in their lives, which was very sweet. Then there is Charlie. I’m not a fan of Charlie and I’m not sure anyone else is. He’s pompous, rude, and doesn’t support Rebecca like he should. I also disliked Tess and I can’t reveal why without giving away too many spoilers, but you’ll understand once you read this book. We don’t get much of Liane or Tim, but I really liked them both. They have a brief lapse of judgment, but are ultimately good kids. Liane especially.
What a story! I expected a light, summery read, but man was I wrong! This book deals with rape, peer pressure, family issues, and more. This book is also a wonderful example of how quickly things can be blown out of proportion and how quickly high school kids can turn on each other. Like It Never Happened is an outstanding read about discovering what you’re made of and who your friends really are.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Chloë Grace Moretz as Rebecca Rivers
Austin Butler as Charlie Lamb
Georgie Henley as Liana Gallagher
Logan Lerman as Tim Li
Zendaya as Tess Dunham
Meet The Author
Emily Adrian was born in 1989 in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. After graduating from Portland State University, she moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she worked as a receptionist while secretly writing books.
Emily currently lives in Toronto with her husband and their dog named Hank. Like It Never Happened is her debut novel.