Under The Lights by Dahlia Adler
Josh Chester loves being a Hollywood bad boy, coasting on his good looks, his parties, his parents’ wealth, and the occasional modeling gig. But his laid-back lifestyle is about to change. To help out his best friend, Liam, he joins his hit teen TV show, Daylight Falls…opposite Vanessa Park, the one actor immune to his charms. (Not that he’s trying to charm her, of course.) Meanwhile, his drama-queen mother blackmails him into a new family reality TV show, with Josh in the starring role. Now that he’s in the spotlight—on everyone’s terms but his own—Josh has to decide whether a life as a superstar is the one he really wants.
Vanessa Park has always been certain about her path as an actor, despite her parents’ disapproval. But with all her relationships currently in upheaval, she’s painfully uncertain about everything else. When she meets her new career handler, Brianna, Van is relieved to have found someone she can rely on, now that her BFF, Ally, is at college across the country. But as feelings unexpectedly evolve beyond friendship, Van’s life reaches a whole new level of confusing. And she’ll have to choose between the one thing she’s always loved…and the person she never imagined she could.
I loved everything about this beautiful story about finding yourself and finding happiness.
I know this book was the second in a series, but I was so excited to read it that I jumped right in.
I started this book hating Josh Chester. I mean who wouldn’t he was an arrogant asshole living off of mommy and daddy, but as the story moved along it did something I would have never guessed; it made me really like Josh Chester.
In the beginning of the book I kept thinking that it was gonna be a Josh and Vanessa love story, but was pleasantly surprised when it became a much more powerful and beautiful story. The journey that Vanessa went on was so raw and beautiful and emotional that I couldn’t put it down.
The book quickly became about growing up and being who you want to be even if the road is a little rocky. I loved how these revelations and journeys made each character stronger. The romance between Vanessa and Bri was so touching and raw it was almost tangible, and you feel every up and down right along with them.
I loved everything about this book. 5+ Stars.
Advance copy was provided by the publisher from Netgalley.
” The thing is, K-drama, sometimes you just have to accept that no one else’s opinion means shit, you know? Sometimes you just have to do what makes you happy and say fuck to everyone else.”
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About the Author
Dahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of Mathematics by day, a blogger for B&N Teens by night, and writes Contemporary YA and NA at every spare moment in between. She’s the author of the Daylight Falls duology, the upcoming Just Visiting, and Last Will and Testament, as well as over five billion tweets as @MissDahlELama. She lives in New York City with her husband and their overstuffed bookshelves.