Author: Emily Adrian
Publisher: Dial Books
Date Published: June 2, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
Age Range: 15+ (underage drinking, language)
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 love-struck. 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.
This is a major case of the-flap-is-totally-misleading. Maybe not exactly misleading, but definitely not-a-proper-summary-for-the-book. From the flap, I thought this book would be cutesy little read about trying to stay away from Mr. Perfect for the good of your friendship. Instead, this book was really odd, sappy, hard to struggle through, and just... no.
First off, this book might have been bearable if I could relate to any of the characters. Rebecca got on my nerves- A LOT, Charlie I really hated- from the beginning- and the other "Essential Five" characters kinda bled into one another. I can't even remember the other character's names and that is a very bad sign. The chick that was evil (you know who I'm talking about if you've read this book) I always hated her. The random guy that had no plot development, yeah he existed- I had no feeling towards him. Liane (I think?) I hated her too. I disliked the undergoing theme with Nadine and Mary, it felt unnecessary, and incredibly forced.
In the beginning, the plot was very jumpy, and I kept losing track of where I was, then things cleared up, annnd I still got confused. The characters kept making references to things that the reader doesn't understand. The whole spin-off with Mr. McFadden was sickening. Honestly, I didn't care if he returned her feelings, or not- I just wanted him out of there. As a character, he wasn't bad, but i just couldn't stand that does-he-like-me relationship Rebecca kept shoving on him. And when she went in to kiss him... I had steam coming out of my ears.
Basically, the only thing that I liked about this book was the cover. Even the writing was sloppy and immature.