Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler
Series: Daylight Falls #1
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 24, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Format: eBook, 328 pages
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High school senior Ally Duncan's best friend may be the Vanessa Park - star of TV's hottest new teen drama - but Ally's not interested in following in her BFF's Hollywood footsteps. In fact, the only thing Ally’s ever really wanted is to go to Columbia and study abroad in Paris. But when her father's mounting medical bills threaten to stop her dream in its tracks, Ally nabs a position as Van's on-set assistant to get the cash she needs.
Spending the extra time with Van turns out to be fun, and getting to know her sexy co-star Liam is an added bonus. But when the actors’ publicist arranges for Van and Liam to “date” for the tabloids just after he and Ally share their first kiss, Ally will have to decide exactly what role she's capable of playing in their world of make believe. If she can't play by Hollywood's rules, she may lose her best friend, her dream future, and her first shot at love.
I bought this book several months ago after it hit my radar for the first time, but I took forever to get around to reading it. It sounded great and I was interested, but it got lost in the stack of review books. Once I got an ARC for the second book in the series, Under the Lights, I knew I needed to finally dive into this one. While I’m kicking myself for taking this long to read it, I’m also kinda glad I waited so I could binge read the series.
It’s been a long time since I read a famous person/regular person book and I have to say, this one really hit the spot. I really liked both Ally and Liam. The supporting characters were interesting. Even with all the “teenager drama” and conflict, I enjoyed the story. It was believable and real, as were the characters. More than anything though, I loved Dahlia’s writing. She has a fresh voice, even when writing a trope I’ve read a number of times.
The romance between Ally and Liam was great. I loved how they just got each other. Of course, this made it a little difficult at times to watch as he paraded Ally’s best friend Vanessa around as his (fake) girlfriend as a PR stunt. I was so much in Ally’s head that I felt every emotion she felt. And believe me, between her father’s illness and this relationship drama, she was feeling a lot. I was in this 1000% as they navigated the bumpy waters of having a real relationship in secret while letting the world think Liam was in a VERY public relationship with someone else. It was messy. It was dramatic in that way that young adult books can be. But it’s all of that which made it realistic and engrossing.
One thing I’ve learned with Dahlia’s books is that you should expect the unexpected. You might think you know what direction a story point is heading, but more often than not, you’ll be completely wrong. This is just one of many reasons I love her books. It would’ve been so easy for her to turn Ally and Vanessa’s friendship into frenemies or to draw out her dad’s storyline. Instead, she made it her own and I loved what it was.