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This modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing takes place at the idyllic Camp Dogberry, where sisters Bee and Hana Leonato have grown up. Their parents own the place, and every summer they look forward to leading little campers in crafts, swimming in the lake, playing games of capture the flag and sproutball, and of course, the legendary counselor parti ...more
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Update 2/28/18: 3.5/5

Have you ever read a book description that feels like it must have been written for you personally? Because that is exactly how I felt after first reading the summary for Nothing Happened. Retelling? Shakespeare? Summer camp? Queer? These are all key words that I look for in the things I read regularly, and somehow it all happens in this book at the same time which is both unbelievable and delightful.

So, Much Ado About Nothing is my all-time favorite play by Shakespeare. I h
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megs_bookrack
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
Edited 6/4/18: I am going down from 3.5-stars to 3-stars. The more I think about it, it was just okay for me.
Nothing Happened is a fun and quirky YA contemporary that is actually a modern day retelling of Shakespeare's comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. The drama unfolds at a kids summer camp called, Camp Dogberry, on the coast of Maine. I did have fun with this one but also had a few issues with it that I will touch upon briefly here. For me personally, it felt a bit young in comparison with most
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Emily (emilykatereads)
This book was so fun. Ridiculously dramatic, but so fun. But what else could you expect from a retelling of a Shakespeare play? I'm ashamed to say I've never read Much Ado About Nothing, but I've read enough Shakespeare to know that this book was true to your stereotypical Shakespeare play. If this wasn't a retelling, I would've been unsure about the over-the-top drama, scheming, and miscommunication, but for the purposes of this story, it was perfect.

This story features two couples (Ben/Bee +
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Chloe
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

So. I'll start my review by saying that a lot of things happened in Nothing Happened. It's filled with drama. And I love it.

I've only read one of Shakespeare's plays so far (which is A Midsummer Night's Dream!). I knew nothing about Much Ado About Nothing, but this book really caught my eye because SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE? COUNT ME IN! Before I started reading Nothing Happened, I did a bit of
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Aneta Bak
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Nothing Happened was a very cute retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, taking place in a summer camp.

Bee is not too excited about Ben returning to her family's summer camp this year, last year was supposed to be his last. Why would he return after the last summer they spent together, he didn't even call Bee back after a midnight make out session . On the other hand, Bee's sister Hana is excited that Claudia will be returning as a camp councillor again, they have kept in touch all year and Hana h
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Ashley Owens
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have to say I was a bit disappointed in this book. It had a lot of my buzzwords in it: Shakespeare retelling - specifically of my favorite Shakespeare play, Much Ado About Nothing, LGBT characters, summer camp setting, POC characters, and more.

As a concept for an Ado retelling, this works. changing the estate to a summer camp makes sense, and everyone's relationship to one another makes sense too, like H
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Katie
Jul 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
I get this is a Much Ado About Nothing retelling, but WAY TOO MANY CHARACTERS AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS. Bad ones, too, like, "okay, I can't root for you anymore." Or just WEIRD ones, like, "okay, I don't get why that was such a problem." (That last one was also verrrrry drawn out. You don't find out what happened until the 73% mark!)

Fulfills "Set at Summer Camp" for Ripped Bodice Bingo.
Rachael
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lost-interest
Do you, dear reader of this review, know how much I wanted to like this?? Do you know how much??
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I was ready to shout this book from the rooftops. I was ready to personally mail a physical copy to everyone I know. I was ready to do some Disney Channel crap and “accidentally” text a picture of the cover to the entire school. I was SO excited to read this.

So it was probably one of my biggest book disappointments of 2017 when Nothing Happened turned out to be,,,,,, meh.

Before I begin, though, I
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Shadae Mallory
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, contemporary, ya
I read NOTHING HAPPENED in one sitting. I could not put this book down, every minute of it brought joy to my heart. My summers spent at camp are fond memories, and I was delighted to be able to experience moments of nostalgia as the characters were embarking on their summer adventures.

A mechanic that is done well in this book is the varying POVs. The various characters all had their own voices, an aspect that I greatly appreciated. A common issue in multiple POV books stems from the lack of voi
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Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
DNF at 47%. 2-2 1/2 stars for what I read.

I just couldn't connect to this book. There were too many points of views that sounded alike and too many people to remember. I also felt that the characters were way too immature for their ages. The 18-19 years olds seemed more like middle school kids.

I did like the f/f relationship and Margo (I think that was her name). The camp setting was cute.

I'm sure there will be some people who love this book, but it just wasn't for me.

Thank you to netgalley for
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Margaret
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This was 110% overdramatic and it's exactly what Shakespeare would have wanted
Autumn
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a fun, cute take on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Rumors fly at a summer camp in Maine, the hook-ups, the scheming, the mosquitos...everyone gets caught up in it - even the campers.
Could be a great book to read along with Much Ado About Nothing.
Carrie
It's been a while since I did a review, but this book was so much fun!!!

Much Ado About Nothing is my favorite Shakespeare play, so I had pretty high expectations, and I feel as though this book lived up to them!!! It stuck very closely to the original plot, adding in more scenes and fleshing out the characters, which enhanced my enjoyment of the story. Very loyal adaptation, though in a way I wish it had been a little less loyal, but that's spoilers, so I'm not saying more on that subject.

I wa
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Vicki Horton
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, and so did my daughter! As a parent, I really appreciate the diversity in a young adult book, because we live in a world full of diversity. I also love the connection to Shakespeare! This novel introduces one of Shakespeare's plays, in a way that young people can relate to it. For my daughter, it was an entertaining, fun read. I couldn't ask for more from a young adult novel! :)
Ruth Lehrer
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-lit

NOTHING HAPPENED, Molly Booth’s second YA novel, gives us a present-day teenage-energy version of Much Ado About Nothing. Updated with summer camp and girl-kisses-girl, it is still charmingly fraught with Shakespearean mis-communications. I’m sure if I remembered Much Ado better there would be hidden easter eggs because Booth is obviously incredibly Shakespeare literate. The great one liners added a lot of enjoyment to this great summer read dosed with teenage angst.
I was lucky enough to have r
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Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

DNF @ 45%


I was not a fan of how this one started. There were way too many POVs and the story wasn't that intriguing. I didn't like the casual aspects of well this is clearly a thing because we're at camp that weren't given any more detail. This should have been a book I adored - Shakespeare retelling, set at a summer camp, LGBTQ+ romance - but no. It took too long to get anywhere interesting
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Carmensutra
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This was good--a Shakespeare retelling (Much Ado About Nothing) set in a camp environment. Unfortunately, I never went to camp, so the nostalgia factor didn't appeal to me, also there were SO. MANY. POINTS. OF. VIEW. Molly did keep the characters in check with their own unique voices and I think that the diversity in this book will be so great for kids to see themselves represented in contemporary YA.
Alyssa
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Oh Em Gee. Where do I even begin? NOTHING HAPPENED is everything I want in a YA summer read -- angsty, funny, diverse, and queer, filled with amazing friendships/relationships. Anyone who has fond memories of summer camp will love this book. I want to go to Camp Dogberry and stargaze from The Nest; Molly Booth makes it feel like a real, magical, sun-kissed place. <3
Michelle
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Much Ado About Nothing is one of my favorite Shakespeare comedies. I loved this modernization and the setting of a summer camp!
YA Wednesdays
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charming, diverse Shakespear retelling that takes place at summer camp. If this isn't the perfect read, I don't know what is. Lots of love, drama and snark in this version of Much Ado About Nothing.
Cassie
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Much Ado About Nothing is my favorite Shakespeare play, so of course I needed to read this modernization. There were many things about this novel that I loved. I loved the diversity, of both character ethnicity and sexuality. I loved the way the characters from the play were adapted into a modern setting. I think the modernized setting at a summer camp was perfect for this story, where rumors run wild and hookups are com
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susan
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I was super excited about this book because a) I'm a huge fan of wlw anything and b) I love Much Ado About Nothing, the play. The idea of it is very clever (a modern update of Much Ado wherein Claudio and Hero are both girls), and the modernization is fun and very natural (having them all at a summer camp is a good way to get all the various characters in one place without having to reach too much).

Unlike some, I don't mind multiple POVs (I actually kind of like getting different insight on vari
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Fterota Logia
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nothing Happened by Molly Booth: A Review
By Kaitlin Moran for online YA journal Fterota Logia

http://fterotalogia.com/nothinghappened/
Readers should expect to encounter periods of reflection and nostalgia about the wonderfully fleeting moments of adolescence and of summer, as they read Molly Booth’s wonderful second novel Nothing Happened. In this retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, we are transported back to summer camp. Camp Dogberry is full of the drama you’d find in Shakespeare
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Lenoire
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
In this modern retelling of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing takes place at a summer camp, Camp Dogberry. Sisters Bee and Hana Leonato live and breathe the camp life. Mostly because their parents own the place. Every summer, the pair look forward to the rewarding camp experience especially helping campers with fun activities. However, no summer camp is complete without any drama. Bee and her fellow counselor, Ben have romantic chemistry together but both are reluctant to ask the other out. W ...more
Kath
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I have to say that going into this book, I didn’t think I’d like it. I’m Shakespeare trash, and Much Ado is my favorite play. I could wax poetic for hours about Benedick’s codeswitching, and I hate Claudio with a passion. Maybe you can see why I was nervous.

As a queer woman, I was terrified that book would somehow demonize relationships between women. Claudio was an asshole, so why was he the one that ended up as a gay girl? I was pleasantly surprised overall, but I have a few issues with the bo
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Jessie
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is fun, and I really enjoyed it. I'm not sure it works if you don't know it's an adaptation/don't know Much Ado well? It would still be fun, I think, but the drama and implausibility of some of it would feel off.

The Bee-don't-go bag is such a good, sweet thing, and I love how it comes back up in the plot.

I thought things about camp were integrated really well. Activities and traditions and the more mundane stuff.

I was surprised by the number of narrators! We get Bee, Ben, Hana, Vanessa, Cla
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Leilah
Aug 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
1.5*
I wanted to like this book so much, I love queer retellings of anything, and the cast was pretty diverse, But this book was very possibly the most boring book I've read all year. I know the book is literally called nothing happened, but this was criminally boring. The book was super fast paced, but somehow it still retained it's blandness. Everything in this book was super rushed from the romance to the general plot of the novel. Not that there's much plot. And that'd fine, but when a book d
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Danielle
(I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

3.5 stars. This retelling of Much Ado About Nothing is fine, just fine. I am, of course, ALWAYS down for retellings that increase representation, particularly for the LGBTQ+ community.

Here are some things I loved about this book:
*Multiple perspectives, so TWO queer POVs (Claudia & Hana)
*POC & adopted kid POV (Bee)
*Discussion of mental illness
*Basically, the whole book is a lovesong to summer camp,
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Deeba
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an arc in exchange for an honest review.

I was very excited to get my hands on this copy because of the author and the premise. It was a perfect campy mix of young summer love and d r a m a. The overall plot was good, I felt that the misunderstandings and tension between the main characters were believable and I have no qualms over that.

I will say that I was not a fan of the multipov. It really took me out of the story when we kept switching from camper to camper. In my opinion, it wou
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Molly Booth writes books about Shakespeare and feelings. She's the author of Young Adult novels SAVING HAMLET and NOTHING HAPPENED both published by Disney Hyperion. In high school, she was a stage manager for three different community theatres, which almost killed her. She graduated from Marlboro College and went onto study more Shakespeare (twist!) at University of Massachusetts Boston. Molly is ...more
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