Like It Never Happened
Author: Emily Adrian
Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
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.Playlist for Mary
1. The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us! – Sufjan Stevens
This is a song about falling in love with your best friend, which is what happens to Mary and her childhood bestie, Nadine.
2. You Said Something – P.J. Harvey
This is a track from an album that Mary and Nadine shared in high school. It’s also a song about Brooklyn, which is where Mary and Nadine live after graduation.
3. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
Nadine mentions, specifically, that she and Mary danced to this song at the prom.
4. I Know It’s Over – The Smiths
It seems that every time Rebecca gets into her sister’s car, Mary is listening to The Smiths. This is the song that’s playing as they drive away from Nadine’s house on Sauvie Island.
5. Where Is My Mind? – The Pixies
Rebecca definitely remembers her sister as a rebellious, reckless teenager. Every rebellious, reckless teenager I’ve ever known has been pretty into The Pixies.
6. Love Will Tear Us Apart – José González
This is a great cover of a Joy Division song. Another of Rebecca’s memories involves teenage Mary running around, for weeks, in an oversized Joy Division T-shirt.
7. In Spite of all the Damage – The Be Good Tanyas
This is a song about trying to reconnect with someone after you’ve broken their heart.
8. Anthems For A Seventeen-Year-Old Girl – Broken Social Scene
“Used to be one of the rotten ones / And I liked you for that.”
9. Just Like Heaven – The Watson Twins
I listened to this cover (of a song by The Cure) a lot while I was working on the chapters about Mary and Nadine. I think it’s the perfect anthem for their relationship, especially when sung by Chandra and Leigh Watson.
10. Beautiful Child – Fleetwood Mac
This is a sad, slow song about growing up and apart from your childhood love.
11. Truly, Truly – Grant Lee Buffalo
“I was hanging with some friends / In the parking lot one night near the summer's end.” Nadine and Mary don’t get a ton of screen time in Like It Never Happened,
but in the letter Nadine sends to Mary—the same letter that reveals to Rebecca the truth about Nadine and Mary’s relationship—Nadine recounts an important moment in a parking lot.
12. That Teenage Feeling – Neko Case
Did Mary hold out for “that teenage feeling?” Does she love her fiancé, Jeffrey, the way she loved Nadine? Rebecca’s never sure, and Mary never gives her a real answer.
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Emily currently lives in Toronto with her husband and their dog named Hank. Like It Never Happened is her debut novel.