September 7, 2015
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Like it Never Happened by Emily Adrian!
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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.
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
Thanks for having me!
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
Lines between love and friendship blur when Rebecca and her co-stars form The Essential Five and Rebecca falls for the wrong person—twice.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
I don’t remember the exact moment the idea occurred to me—but I do remember that my initial idea was to write about a girl who’s more comfortable onstage, in front of an audience, than she is in social situations. And I wanted to write about her first attempts at truly getting close to other people—new friends, her first boyfriend, her older sister—without losing her passion for performing, for pretending to be someone other than herself.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Rebecca is funny, independent, nervous around new people, confident onstage, fascinated by her older sister, passionate, earnest, a little bit arrogant, a little bit impulsive.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
I love the scenes between Rebecca and her sister, and the scenes between Rebecca and Mr. McFadden. I also really like page 42.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
Yes, there is a point at which Rebecca realizes that one of her friends, and most likely her boyfriend, has betrayed her in a big way. The scene that takes place the next day at school was the trickiest to get right.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I’ve just started working on a new book, but I’m not quite ready to say what it’s about!
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success in your writing future!!
Thanks for asking such great questions!