Like It Never Happened by Emily Adrian || Disappointed in what I read

September 14, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 18 Comments

Like It Never Happened by Emily Adrian || Disappointed in what I readLike It Never Happened
by Emily Adrian
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: June 2, 2015 by Dial Books
Format: eARC
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1.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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 presented in the story. I’m not saying it went zooming fast after that point but it slowly started to build up to the end of the story but it still wasn’t enough to wow me or leave me intrigued by the drama and scandal that were very predictable. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

Rebecca has loved acting since she played a fairy in A Midsummer Nights Dream. Since then, her focus has only been on getting the lead in her school’s plays. Good luck was on her side because she started getting the leads, made friends with her co-stars and even had their own group name: “The Essential Five”. They had a rule, which was to never date one another but of course, feelings will start arising at one point. Now, this is misleading because the story’s plot is not even centered around the “forbidden” romance between Rebecca and Charlie. View Spoiler » From an outsider’s point of view or in this case, my point of view, is that this book is more centered on friendship and not the good kind. It is also centered on having feelings for someone who you should totally not have feelings for because this is truly forbidden. I would also say it is a bit centered in finding yourself but it’s not the major point here.

The friendship in this story was… Ugly. Hideous. The stay away kind. The Essential Fives start out to be kind of close and friendly, but too soon two of them stop speaking. Then, when rumors start flying around, a major part of the group believes the rumors and stop talking to the very minority of the group. Not only that, one of them even participates in spreading more rumors around, believing they are true. They just betray you without a second thought. I mean, what kind of friendship is this?! I disliked every member of The Essential Fives, including our main character Rebecca.

Let me discuss the characters I did like and these have to be Mary, who’s Rebecca’s sister and the plays director, Mr. McFadden. I honestly believe they brought some kind of enjoyment to the story even if they rarely made appearances. Mary is a free-spirited woman who had a very wrecked past but has redeemed herself, has matured and is a very nice independent woman. In my opinion, she plays a slight part in Rebecca’s growth now as a teenager, but that’s just me. I was very wary of Mr. McFadden at the beginning because he seemed kind of creepy and for some unknown reason I pictured him as an old man, but he is actually 26-years-old. He obviously loves what he does as the plays director and he really wants what’s best for his students, even if he has preferences with some. View Spoiler »

Overall: I think this book could have been something unique and impressive yet it failed to do so, in my opinion. I was anticipating a light and funny story and what I got was less than I had bargained for. It really disappointed me.

About Emily Adrian

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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  • Yikes sorry this one didn’t work for you. I would have guessed fun and entertaiing from the cover too.I hate when the friendships in a book aren’t good. And when you don’t like the characters – no good!! Thanks for the honest review!

    Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog recently posted: Review ~ Dumplin’
    • Right?! I don’t mind toxic friendships but they HAVE to be done great. Another factor of not liking the story were the characters *shudders*.

  • I thought this would be a cute and entertaining read too, but then a friend warned me about the book and I kinda let it go. I’m glad I did because it does not sound like something I would enjoy. I think only certain authors can explore toxic friendships and make them seem realistic. The ones in this one sound headache-inducing! And the reason for the romance being forbidden sounds really stupid.
    Sorry this was a disappointment, Genesis! 🙁

    Nick @ Nick's Book Blog recently posted: Review : Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett
    • I know, right?! It looks that way! I was expecting adventures and just overall high school fun. I’m glad I’m not the only one who isn’t a fan of this book. I don’t want to be alone in this haha

  • Ugh!! I hate horrible friendships. SO BAD!! I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you. I was definitely drawn in by the cover, but now I think I’ll stay far away.

    • I’m sad too :/ I know you wanted to read this one. I just couldn’t with it… I would have DNF’d it but I’m very picky with books I DNF, which is mostly never haha

  • After 3 years of blogging, I learned to let go and DNF the crap out of books that were wasting my time. I don’t even review them! Why waste the review space – I’m not going to say anything good, right? You might get there someday, you never know 🙂

    I hate when covers and synopsis’ are misleading, though!! HUGE pet peeve of mine – thanks for taking one for the team, though!

    Kristin @ My ParaHangover recently posted: Review: Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers
    • I still haven’t learned to DNF! I try but I always hope the book will get better :/

  • I am with Kristin, I give a book my best effort, usually 25% and then I am out. Yikes, the friendships alone make me want to run. I agree the cover does make it look light and fun.

    kimbacaffeinate recently posted: All the Beautiful Brides by Rita Herron
    • I need to learn to quit reading a book. I always want to know how they turn out :/

  • Oh wow, sorry this one was so different from what you expected. The group of friends really DO sound quite awful.

    ShootingStarsMag recently posted: Tales From the Back Row by Amy Odell
    • They are incredibly awful! I couldn’t stand them.

  • This one has been on my radar, the cover is so adorable and I thought the synopsis sounded cute too. After reading your review I think I will avoid it though 🙁 Sorry you didn’t enjoy it, what a bummer!

    • I know :/ The friendship was what really killed it for me.

  • Uh, yeah, when I saw the cover and read the blurb I thought it would be more fun and maybe a little angsty from a forbidden love, so that stinks that it’s a dud.

    • It wasn’t :/ i wanted the fun and the hanging out and real friendship but nope.

  • Ugh, what a total disappointment. Sounds like it should come with a warning label: “Warning – This Is Not About Real Friendship.” I had a real clunker recently, too (Has to Be Love by Jolene Perry). And unfortunately it was from an author I like. I think we’re both due a 5 star read now. 🙂

    • We do! Wallbanger by Alice Clayton has been amazing so far!