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Rebecca Rivers wishes she were known only for being a great actress, and not for the (untrue) rumors that have followed her since middle school. Landing the lead in her school's play changes everything: Rebecca casts off her old reputation; grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates to form the 'Essential Five'; and gets to kiss 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. But the on- and off-stage theatrics of the cast are eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything . . . even if some of it is just make-believe.
Love, drama, and destructive gossip collide in this whip-smart story about stereotypes and standing up for the truth.