If We Were Villains
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If We Were Villains book - Enter the players. There were seven of us then, seven bright young things with wide precious futures ahead of us. Until that year, we saw no further than the books in front of our faces.

On the day Oliver Marks is released from jail, the man who put him there is waiting at the door. Detective Colborne wants to know the truth, and after ten years, Oliver is finally ready to tell it.

Ten years ago: Oliver is one of seven young Shakespearean actors at Dellecher Classical Conservatory, a place of keen ambition and fierce competition. In this secluded world of firelight and leather-bound books, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingénue, extra. But in their fourth and final year, the balance of power begins to shift, good-natured rivalries turn ugly, and on opening night real violence invades the students’ world of make believe. In the morning, the fourth-years find themselves facing their very own tragedy, and their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, each other, and themselves that they are innocent.

Part coming-of-age story, part confession, If We Were Villains explores the magical and dangerous boundary between art and life. In this tale of loyalty and betrayal, madness and ecstasy, the players must choose what roles to play before the curtain falls.

If We Were Villains Book Information

Title:If We Were Villains
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages
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    If We Were Villains Book Reviews

  • karen
    Mar 28, 2017

    until the ending, this was probably going to be a three star from me. a high three on the three-star spectrum, but a three nonetheless. it held my interest, but i think this one will resonate more wit...

  • Diane S ?
    Mar 18, 2017

    4.5. A small elite school, a theater program that is only about Shakespeare, seven friends, seniors, together from the beginning, strong, intense friendships formed. Oliver, our narrator, one of the s...

  • Sam
    Dec 05, 2016

    "Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player /That struts and frets his hour upon the stage /And then is heard no more: it is a tale /Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, /Signifying nothing" Th...

  • Mary
    Apr 20, 2017

    Initial reaction: THE LAST PARAGRAPH OH MY GODReview:Oh. My. God. I loved this I loved this I looooooved this! So beautifully written, rich in detail, with an amazing cast of characters, it kept me h...

  • Sheila
    Jan 06, 2017

    5 stars--I loved it. An amazing read that's exactly my genre.Three things about this book that might make you love it or hate it:1. It's very similar to The Secret History, both in plot and theme. I l...

  • Tilly Booth
    Mar 29, 2017

    I finished a book!!!! I'll be posting my offical review when I get my life together :)...

  • Shauna (b00kstorebabe)
    Feb 01, 2017

    This review can be found on my blog,Book Slingin' Mega Babe 4.5 Stars If We Were Villains is the long-anticipated debut of author M. L. Rio. I knew the author as a blogger long before I knew her as an...

  • Rachel
    Feb 22, 2017

    I was really looking forward to reading this (having followed this author on various social media for a while now), and it did not disappoint. If We Were Villains is an intelligent and moving story ab...

  • Sam (Clues and Reviews)
    Apr 10, 2017

    I have a real warmth for Shakespeare; I majored in English Literature while I was in University and am an English teacher, so, I was over the moon when I discovered that this text explored a modern my...

  • Holly
    Apr 19, 2017

    I'm broken. This is the best book I've read in a long time, and I've read some excellent books recently. If We Were Villains is very similar to The Secret History in many ways, which is why I loved it...