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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  359 ratings  ·  109 reviews
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
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**2.5-stars rounded up**

This was okay. Meh.

Nothing Happened is a quirky, modern retelling of Shakespeare's comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.

The drama unfolds at a summer camp, Camp Dogberry, on the coast of Maine. I did have some fun with this one, but there were definitely some issues.

For me personally, it felt a bit young in comparison with most of the YA Contemporary I read. That feel held throughout the story, so I have a feeling this one would be enjoyed more by individuals who fall within
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 +
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
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
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??
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,
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
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
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.

Whatever. All's well and all that.

I forgot how much I like Shakespeare retellings.

Reading them is so fun - you get to examine who's who, follow the plot as it's translated into a different setting, see familiar lines and characters in a new light. It's the best.

Nothing Happened is a YA summer camp retelling of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. You've got Bee and Ben, the at-odds counselors with history between them, and Bee's sister Hana, falling for new crush Claudia. With Donald and J
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
wow this was so bad
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
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was 110% overdramatic and it's exactly what Shakespeare would have wanted ...more
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
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
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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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
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! :) ...more
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.
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
Tomes And Textiles
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. ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
Amanda Wigfall
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've edited this review after some thought. It deserved a higher rating for what the author did with the characters. She drew the main characters with such detail that I could see what they were wearing, how they wore their hair and practically how they walked without an issue. The book definitely deserved a higher rating than I originally gave it.

This book is a take on "Much Ado About Nothing", so a lot of the story cannot be blamed on the author and is actually a part of the story's charm. Th
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. ...more
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!
Lauren Sapp
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
"You're my favorite weird thing in the world."

May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Wow, this took longer than I wanted it to, but that's what happens when you and your boyfriend get lazy and don't want to read. Motivation is fickle that way.

I'm a sucker for Shakespeare comedies, but I'm also well aware of the fact that they don't translate very well into a modern setting. I thought this was a really interesting way to set up Much Ado About Nothing because summer camp is basically a rumor mill on steroids, and Shakespeare comedies, by definition, are all about misunderstandi
May 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Nothing Happened is a Much Ado About Nothing retelling. It's about two sisters, Hana and Bee who live with their parents at their summer camp. When camp starts though, there is nothing but drama and rumours and relationship drama. Hana is super excited to finally spend time with Claudia, however, a rumour is spread that tears them apart. Bee has an on-and-off relationship with coworker Ben and it's even more complicated by events that happened - or didn't happen - last summer. So, these camp ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
The story was a really clever idea. It's just that I've watched the entire play online, and I'm not sure how well the play adapted for this book.

For instance, I would've leaned into the "let's pretend Hana's gone" more than the author did (one throwaway line). There could've been some interesting examinations of how Claudia & Don perceived Hana only in relations to themselves, instead of considering her an entirely separate person. We could even see the difference between the two based on their
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Molly Horton Booth teaches English at Bunker Hill Community College, and also writes books about Shakespeare and feelings. She's the author of Young Adult novels SAVING HAMLET and NOTHING HAPPENED both published by Disney Hyperion. She graduated from Marlboro College and went on to get her English MA, studying Shakespeare some more (twist!), at University of Massachusetts Boston. Molly is a freela ...more

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