Author: Molly Booth
Publication Date: May 15th, 2018
Formats: Hardcover, ebook
Synopsis: This modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing takes place at the idyllic Camp Dogberry, where sisters Bee and Hana Leonato have grown up. Their parents own the place, and every summer they look forward to leading little campers in crafts, swimming in the lake, playing games of capture the flag and sproutball, and of course, the legendary counselor parties.
This year, the camp drama isn’t just on the improv stage. Bee and longtime counselor Ben have a will-they-or-won’t-they romance that’s complicated by events that happened—or didn’t happen—last summer. Meanwhile, Hana is falling hard for the kind but insecure Claudia, putting them both in the crosshairs of resident troublemaker John, who spreads a vicious rumor that could tear them apart.
As the counselors juggle their camp responsibilities with simmering drama that comes to a head at the Fourth of July sparkler party, they’ll have to swallow their pride and find the courage to untangle the truth, whether it leads to heartbreak or happily ever after.
I love books that are these amazing and fun contemporaries! Not only this, but it’s a book that involves summertime, summer camp, and new relationships. This is such a fantastic book to check out if you’re interested in books that revolve around summer and camps!
I get really excited when I find a book that is perfect for the beginning of a season, whether it’s summer or winter, because it always helps me get in the mood for the shifting weather. When I read Nothing Happened it was pretty much ideal for putting me in the summer mood, and I happily embraced it.
Not only was this an awesome summer book, it’s full of awesome things, like fantastic characters and a very, very awesome Shakespeare retelling. Then again, I feel like those things go hand in hand!
Molly Booth has a great ability to tell a story that will quickly become your next obsession; you won’t be able to put Nothing Happened down until you’ve finished it, and even then you’ll be so in love with the story that you will want to pick it up and read it all over again.
Bee and Hana’s characters are so realistic and seem like such a perfect fit. It was a great time getting to know the characters in this book, and I really ended up loving the main characters in the book, as well as really being able to feel what they were feeling. The story and the characters all went to well together and nothing felt forced or like it didn’t belong – everything was perfect and I aboslutely loved it.
I can totally see reading this book while at your own summer camp, or even at the beach or at home on the couch – it’s just really fantastic and I couldn’t help but enjoy every page!
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Molly Booth (she/her/hers) writes books about Shakespeare and feelings. She’s the author of Young Adult novels SAVING HAMLET (2016) and NOTHING HAPPENED (5.15.2018), both published by Disney Hyperion. In high school, she was a stage manager for three different community theatres, which almost killed her. She graduated from Marlboro College and went onto study more Shakespeare (twist!) at University of Massachusetts Boston. Molly is a freelance writer and editor and has been published on TheMarySue.com, McSweeneys.net, HelloGiggles.com, and various other websites. She co-hosts a Bardcentric podcast, Party Bard, and directs a lovely, hilarious, and fierce group of homeschooling teen Shakespearean actors. She also speaks and teaches workshops at schools, colleges, bookstores, book fairs, camps, and libraries. Molly lives in Massachusetts, where she spends a lot of time with family and friends, and the rest attending to her queenly cat and loaf-of-bread-shaped dog.
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