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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
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Dial Books
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED? Yeah, right, let's do this please?

Let's forget I tried to read this book. BLEH. BLEH. BLEH.

DNF 24%, (almost) before throwing my reader or something (worse).

Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
Dumb, pointless, and quite frankly, irritating as hell. Nothing really happens until the last third of the book, and the first two-thirds are basic nonsense that has nothing to do with anything substantial to the story. Nothing really. The "Essential Five" could just as easily have been the Essential Four to spare us that lame attempt of another character. Stupid backstory, completely avoidable situations, with a totally predictable EVERYTHING. What was the need to mention summer camp? FILLER. O ...more
Breanne
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. Quite different from a lot of other books that I've read that deal with peer pressure and friendships. It was just really eye opening and fast. Extremely witty and smart. Just very well written.
Olivia (The Candid Cover)
Like It Never Happened is an original novel with characters who are actors. The main character is relatable and strong and has a great bond with her older sister. This book is so different from anything I’ve ever read!

I love the use of drama in Like It Never Happened. The main characters are all actors and love performing together. They never let what happens on stage bleed into their personal lives and vow never to date each other. However, this is where the true drama begins. I have only read
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Diana
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
DNFed around 60% and skimmed the rest.
THIS FREAKING BOOK. The title is accurate--let's pretend like it never happened.
From the get-go, I could not form a good connection with the MC. As the narrator, Rebecca Rivers was just that--a narrator. She did mention that she only had one extracurricular, acting, which was true. But that's all she had. Her personality was completely bland. Charlie was a total ass, but at least he had more life than she did. (That does not excuse him from his ass-ery,
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Vivien
Aug 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, reviewed
I thought this book was a parody of Lolita, but this was not a humorous parody.

I am honestly disgusted with this book. There was slut shaming, no fluidity, incredibly irritating inner dialogue, the worst people ever, and it seemed was highly illogical. The author jumped around different times in the beginning of the book at it really infuriated me because I like things in chronological order. It flows better and it's easier on my brain. The writing was very plain and irritating. I feel like irri
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Jen Ryland
Dec 11, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: june-2015
I wasn't sure about this one at first -- there's a lot going on and a summer camp sequence that felt pretty unnecessary -- but in the end everything came together and was interesting.

Like It Never Happened a book that looks at how rumors and innuendo can destroy people's lives. But it also looks at the ways people aren't always honest with themselves, how they know there are boundaries but go right to the edge o them. Don't want to say too much if you're going to read it. I thought it could hav
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Rebekah
Sep 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018, abuse, contemporary
I wanted to read this book forever and I'm so bummed with where it went, it was not at all what I thought it would be sadly.

Yeah, this was so distressing to me as a reader and I was so frustrated with the characters and how they were willing and DID destroy someone's life because of pettiness.

Ugh I hated it and I just felt sick by the time I was done with the book.
Genesis Sheli (Latte Nights Reviews)
This 1.5 stars review will be published on Latte Nights Reviews on September 14, 2015.

I might be rude in saying this but I have to. Can I just pretend I never read this book? I'm just... What did I read? I feel like the cover of the book betrayed me since it's made to look like a fun and entertaining read when it was the complete opposite. The story was incredibly slow for the majority of the book. It finally started to pick up after 73% (I just checked) and it was when the "real" drama was pres
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Fari
For half the books I read, I happen to be the black ship and this book is no exception. What overjoys me is that this time I'm the black ship because I loved a book! That doesn't happen nearly often enough, so YAS!

I've discovered something. I like contemporaries when there's a larger cast of characters and more things in play than just two people getting together and admitting their feelings toward each other (which usually happens 300 pages too late). Apparently not too many people are the same
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Mara
Jun 10, 2015 added it
This novel was.... inconsistent? That's the word e for it. I loved the concept of rumors hurting people, but the thread of it felt weak. A seventh grade rumor based on underpants dictates the MC's life? It wasn't concrete enough for me.

Was the summer camp segment truly necessary? I don't think so. It seemed to sacrifice the "Essential Five," who I never fully understood. Those pages would have best been spent fleshing out those characters, I think.

While I appreciated the theme and liked the last
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Jen (Pop! Goes The Reader)
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We, the five essential members of the Thespian Troupe Of Bickford Park Alternative School of the city of Portland, solemnly swear to never kiss, grope, fondle, lick, caress, court, woo, seduce, or otherwise date each other. Should any actor develop unseemly feelings for one of his/her four costars, he/she will sacrifice his/her desires for his/her love of the stage and for the collective artistic potential of Rebec
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Ciara (Lost at Midnight)
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books, arcs
This book was so unexpected. I picked it up thinking it would be a light, fun book about theatre kids and high school drama. What I got instead was a poignant, intense read about friendship and family and coming-of-age. I was shocked and awed and emotional and angry. Honestly, I didn't expect to have such a reaction to this book. It surpassed my every expectation, and made it's way on to my 2015 favourites list.

One thing I just loved about this book was how real Rebecca was. She was most definit
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Grace
DNF at 27%

I’m going to honor the title and pretend like reading this book has never happened. I did not connect with the characters at all, especially the main character, Rebecca. Charlie is an ass through and through. He is neither charming nor compelling. The story is bland, and then I read some of the reviews… I figure I should stop now because I don’t really care for Lolita stories.
Kristen
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I actually really enjoyed the writing, I think that was something special, but I didn't like any of the characters or the plot. I'd be super interested in reading more from this author in the future though.
Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18)
What To Expect
Expect a lot of waiting for the actual plot to come about. Some parts I can see have a point, but others do not. Also expect the characters to act like falling in love equals having sex. This book has a good number of tropes but, thankfully, not the shallow best friend trope and not the mean girl trope. It does seem at times, however, that the main character is a bit of a Mary-Sue. It doesn't really discuss religion much, but when it does, it uses the typical YA-contemporary genera
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Miranda Lynn
Well that was...weird.

First of all, this cover is so misleading! To me, looking at it gives me the instant impression that this is a fluffy summer romance between a boy and a girl. Umm...nope! Not only does this barely take place in summer, it's not really even a romance at all. Sure, there's some kissing and some (possible) falling in love, but it's very very different from what I was anticipating, and that did not end up being a good thing.

My biggest problem with this book was that it was SO a
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Emily
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just sat down and read this book straight through.

I've rarely felt this kind of tension in a contemporary YA, especially one that's not dealing with some extra-heavy subject matter (e.g. suicide, drug abuse, etc.). Don't get me wrong: there's a bit of grit to it, but nothing too intense or sensationalized. (Even the teacher-student relationship, which I won't comment on further because SPOILERS) felt very realistic. So it's amazing to me that Adrian was able to keep my stomach in knots basical
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Charmaine
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It's a book about self-discovery above all else. At first, I thought it would be a total love story. Cute, simple, and perfect. I'm a big fan of "perfect." I thought the family drama would be the main issue. Boy, was I wrong.

A lot more happened than I expected. This story was very centred around friendship. I'd say family took precedent over love, too. But above all that was Rebecca Rivers, riding the tide, and learning to embrace her talent, beauty, and everything she stood
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Grace
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
I myself being a theater kid, I was thrilled about the premise on the jacket of the book. I had expected this to be a poignant novel about friends navigating high school with theater. Cheesy, yes, but I was looking for a lighthearted read, and this was NOT it. Had I gone in with different expectations, I may have enjoyed this more. Unfortunately, I did not love this one as much as I wanted to.
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
This is unlike any YA contemporary novel I've ever read–from the writing to the character portrayal–and it's just so refreshing to have a cast with a zeal for theater and who have very complex relationships.
Alexa
May 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
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! Maki
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Tanja Voosen
LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED hat bisher eher gemischte Rezensionen erhalten und obwohl ich das Buch mochte, kann ich das durchaus nachvollziehen. Der Roman ist eine Coming of Age Story. Eine Geschichte über das Erwachsen werden, Fehler machen und schlimme Zeiten überstehen. Auf der anderen Seite ist es keine Geschichte, die so leicht und locker ist, wie das Cover einem vielleicht weiß machen möchte. Es gibt witzige Stellen, die Protagonistin hat eine flotte Erzählstimme und Romance...ja, Romance gibt ...more
Olivia
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was a little apprehensive to read this book initially thanks to it's page length and the mixed reviews. However, I noted that the mixed reviews mainly complained about the page length and the fact that the real plot didn't drop until about half way through the book. Even further. In all honesty, any other time, I would feel the same way. I'm pretty hard about details, especially if an author is incessant with them and especially if they're unnecessary. But here's the thing with 'Like It Never ...more
Christine (Padfoot's Library)
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 w ...more
The Book Jar Blog
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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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, m
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Harligrace
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I honestly enjoyed this book. But I didn't give it 5 stars because I felt that the beginning was pointless and was just there to waste time until it got to the real stuff. But once it did... I was hooked. I loved the main character and how she seemed so confident. I also liked how she went from being someone so shy that she can barely speak to someone who can make a conversation with anyone or act like anyone. I thought her love for acting was so real and raw that it made me think she was a prof ...more
Angel Shaix
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Ashley Blake
Y'all, this book. Such an authentic, teenage experience. Loved Rebecca's voice and the way she sees the world. The drama--and the DRAMA--were so poignant and expertly woven through the narrative. Feminism, sexuality, lies, betrayal. It's all here!
WatermeLoonie
Feb 02, 2015 marked it as to-read
Screw the ick plotline I neED THIS BOOK FOR IT'S COVER GIMMAH
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Emily Adrian is a writer from Portland, Oregon. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and her dog named Hank.
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