by Emily Adrian
Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Rate: 4 out of 5 stars
(This review may contain spoilers).
Although I don’t tend to buy contemporary novels, I did like the sound of this one when I was invited to the blog tour, so I signed up… and I did find that this book was really easy to read, even if Rebecca’s character was easier to relate to and empathise with than many of the others.
I did feel that there wasn’t a great deal of conflict where it was hinted that there would be. There was a lot of potential for conflicts within the group much earlier on, but I felt those weren’t expanded upon where they could have been.
It was interesting to see how the five of them made up the lead roles in the plays. It was interesting to see how Rebecca viewed the parts she played. I would have liked some more details about how the other characters viewed their parts. Apart from Charlie, the others didn’t seem as worried about acting and it would have been nice to see what their end goals were.
I thought the author did a good job of showing how things could become so blown out of proportion. There was quite a lot that was interesting about this book, even despite the way certain things were treated. I thought there could have been a bit more tolerance shown for some of the other characters… and it was hard to understand how Rebecca felt about a lot of things in the book.
I think that parts of this book could have been expanded upon, to allow readers to get to know more characters than just Rebecca. I thought Mary was quite interesting and it would have been good to see her character a bit further explored. And it would also have been good to see more of Mr. McFadden. I had quite a lot of sympathy for him by the end of this book. I also felt some sympathy for Tess… but I found it a bit harder to get to know Lianne and Tim. It would have been good to learn more about both of them
This book didn’t come to a totally satisfactory conclusion, but I did find it entertaining to read. I wouldn’t read it again… but I’m sure I’d check out other books by this author in the future.