Like It Never Happened
by Emily Adrian
Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, High School, Chick Lit, Theatre, Fiction
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.
Hello Emily! Welcome to the FFBC! We are super excited to have you in our FFBC tours!
Thanks for having me!
Yes! It’s about a sixteen-year-old actress, Rebecca, finally finding a group of friends who share her passion for theater. It’s about this group of thespians, “The Essential Five,” struggling to keep their personal lives from bleeding into their roles onstage. It’s about Rebecca navigating first love and family drama, and trying to figure out who she is, without losing her talent for pretending to be someone else.
For Rebecca: Earnest
For Charlie: Ambiguous
For their relationship: Mystifying
I really wanted to write about a girl who feels more confident performing onstage than she does in ordinary social situations. Rebecca’s character—and really, the whole plot—grew from that idea. I also wanted the novel to be super voice-driven, as if Rebecca’s telling her story with all of these events fresh in her mind, so I was inspired by books with really memorable narrators, like The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart, and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
One of my favorites is: “Sisters were overrated. Simple things, like robbing the liquor cabinet, became so complicated.”
Yeah, I had a really good time writing the scene in which Rebecca goes with her sister, Mary, to visit Mary’s ex-girlfriend.
Haha, that’s a great question, and yes! I don’t want to spoil anything, but you’ll know it when you read it.
Definitely the two authors I mentioned above, along with a bunch of others: David Levithan, Courtney Summers, Jandy Nelson…
Books, Joni Mitchell, tacos, particular dogs in my neighborhood…
Cheez-Its and Diet Coke.
So far, my favorite YA release of 2015 is First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano.
Maybe Curtis Sittenfeld, who’s very much alive. I think she does an incredible job of combining page-turning plot with emotional depth, and I’d like to ask her about that. Plus, she seems like a badass.
Thank you so much for everything, Emily!
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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.