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Official Stuff –

Author – Dahlia Adler

Pages – 328

Publisher – Spencer Hill Press

Series – Daylight Falls

Summary –

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.

My Rating – 3 3/4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the ARCycling Blog.

Ally and Van have been best friends since forever. They have always supported each other no matter what. Ally has been there for Van as she was rejected for being “too ethnic” at auditions (Van is Asian) and Van was there for Ally when Ally’s dad was diagnosed with cancer. The best part of their friendship is, Ally hates the Hollywood life and is the farthest thing from jealous and Van is never jealous of Ally’s normal high school life.

Van gets a lead part on what promises to be TV’s new hit teen drama, Daylight Falls (think Gossip Girl/One Tree Hill type show). She’s already semi-famous and now she’s going to be even more famous, and Ally couldn’t be happier for her. The thing is, Ally’s happiness is crushed when she overhears her parents talking about how they will have to use her college fund to pay for her dad’s medical bills. Her dream of Columbia and Paris are in danger.

Van gets the bright idea of hiring Ally as her personal assistant/tutor, which pays a ridiculous amount (would a studio allow a high school student to be a personal assistant?! That seems slightly unbelievable) and would allow Ally to pay for most of her tuition by the time school starts.

On set, she meets the gorgeous Liam Holloway, famous pretty boy. She thinks he’s going to be a typical Hollywood d-bag but he’s everything but. He’s sweet, smart, and hates the Hwood life like Ally does. They fall for each other quickly (not too quick, no instalove here!) and hook up.

BUT, the day after the hook up, Van’s evil agent Jade (you don’t meet her but she sounds evil from everything you hear) decides that Liam and Van should “date” to generate buzz for the show to better the chances of it getting picked up. Ally agrees because she would never do anything to hurt her friend’s career.

I’m sure you can imagine how well that goes. They can’t go out in public together, rumors cause paps to camp out on her front yard, and dates get postponed or cut short. Ally is forced to watch her boyfriend and her best friend kiss for the cameras. It really does a number on her, especially since she’s just barely keeping things together because of her dad.

I read this book pretty fast, it really did suck me in. It was just like watching one of the CW shows, which come on, everyone loves to watch (even if you don’t want to admit it). The characters were imperfect and selfish, yet loveable at times. I liked all of them, for the most part.

I felt for Ally, I really did. Her dad could be dying, her college dreams could be fading away, and she’s kind of watching her boyfriend cheat on her. But her completely jaded attitude kind of annoys me. She’s constantly comparing herself to Hollywood starlets, she thinks she’s ugly (though Liam constantly tells her how beautiful she is) but she’s been there since day one of Van’s career. She should know that everything is photoshop and makeup and plastic surgery.

She’s also terrible with communication which is one of my biggest book pet peeves; miscommunication. If only she told people how she felt, 90% of the problems in this book could have been easily resolved.

Liam is kind of awesome and a definite contender for a book boyfriend. He’s kind of quiet and a tad sensitive, kind of the exact opposite of what you would think a hot, famous dude would be. He’s had kind of a rough life and I feel like Ally is a little too hard on him at times. He tries, of course he makes mistakes too, he’s only human.

Another thing I liked about this book was it touches on the fact that Hollywood is really, really whitewashed and gives crappy, stereotypical roles to POCs. It’s actually kind of a big deal in the book that Van is Asian but was chosen for a part that was originally written for a white blonde.

I liked the cheese and the fast-paced writing but the miscommunication and Ally’s constant need to be reassured that she’s beautiful annoys me a bit. Oh and she makes a decision about college that I feel is for partly the wrong reason but whatever.

I want to stick with this series, I enjoyed it enough and the second book will have some LBGTQ characters, which doesn’t happen enough.

I recommend if you are looking for a quick cheese fest book.

Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls, #1)