September 5, 2015

Blog Tour: Like It Never Happened: Review & Dream Cast!

Like It Never Happened
Emily Adrian
Dial Books
Published June 2nd 2015
Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance | Theatre
3/5 Stars

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

Um okay. So this book was uh...very unlike any contemporary I've ever read. The main love interest, Charlie, is one of my least favorite characters ever. He seems like a sweet guy at first but it goes really downhill from there. When I say really downhill I mean very very downhill. Ugh. I wanted to literally rip him to shreds. He is disrespectful, rude, annoying, and an overall horrible, disgusting person. Along with the other friends of Rebecca. When things get tough, your friends are suppose to stick by you and provide support. In this instance, everyone just left and ignored Rebecca in her time of need. What horrible friends!?  Then we have an illegal relationship going on that just came out of nowhere. Plus, Rebecca's mom seemed mentally off, but that was never really explained. Needless to say, character wise, I was not the biggest fan of this book. Mostly because everyone except our main character was so mean...

Plot wise, this was okay. I think I liked the actual plot a little better then the people. I enjoyed the incorporation of theater and I loved Rebecca's passion for it, I really wish this book had more about her love for acting and theater (and less of the disgusting Charlie Lamb). I was definitely invested in the plot though. I read this entire book in one sitting and was impressed with how many different storylines the author managed to get into this book (and how interested I was in all of them.)

Anyways! I did not enjoy this book as much as I hoped I would but I wouldn't completely write it off. Definitely give it a try if you're into forbidden romance and theater! 

So, I had some trouble finding descriptions of what everyone actually looked like while I was reading so heres what I came up with:
Emily Rudd as Rebecca Rivers
This Random Blonde Guy as Charlie Lamb and
Sasha Pieterse as Liane 

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.

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