Like It Never Happened by Emily Adrian
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 love-struck. 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.
Emily Adrian’s Like It Never Happened is a wonderfully different young adult book. Rebecca Rivers is part of the drama club and drama is definitely part of the drama club. Rivers is a little naive and her actions really show that, which is why I enjoyed this book. Sometimes I feel YA writers try to make their characters more mature than their actual age group, whereas Adrian portrayed Rivers perfectly.
Rivers is your typical confused, making mistakes teenager and it was refreshing. The story doesn’t seem like the typical bubblegum YA story, the ending is refreshingly honest, and realistic. The characters had reacted to situations that showed Adrian really understood what it is like to be a teenager. The writing is engaging, fresh and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was perusing my local library and stumbled on this book by accident and I’m glad I did, quiet YA for the win! Definitely a fun summer read. 4 out of 5 stars.
Published: 2015, 368 pages.