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 couJosh 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.
Under the Lights 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 hi
Book 1 Behind the Scenes Liam is mine 4.5 EDIT 12 30 Go check on Dahlia s blog and read deleted scenes from LIAM S POV YES I AM FINE EEEKS 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 These characters sound so REAL to me, I can t even express how much I find this fantastic Yes, I have to admit that it took me ages to warm to them, but in the end In the end [...]
Before picking this book up, I had been following the author, Dahlia, on Twitter for some time She was always very outspoken about diversity, especially the inclusion of queer girls in YA and New Adult I knew I needed to pick up something by her, and once I found out that Under the Lights had a protagonist that was a queer girl of color, I decided this would be the first book of hers I d pick up.Under the Lights is technically the second book in the series, but it s a companion series and you do [...]
I ve read the scripts, says Ally Which one of those is a higher form of entertainment, exactly The one where he d have to play a prince in a complete crap fest of a misogynistic Disney wannabe movie Or the absurdly pseudo intellectual one that subtly advocates for eugenics Under the Lights surprised me This is a definite hidden gem in the world of YA romance It s half character driven f f romance and half powerful character arc for a former asshole, all set in Hollywood Adler is talented at writ [...]
ETA 12 30 15 In honor of the book s semianniversary, I shared the first two deleted chapters from back when Liam had his own POV If you re interested, here s the original Chapter 3 and the original Chapter 6 I wrote this I love it Feel free to ask questions If you re curious to see some excerpts, you can find ones here, here, and here
OH MY GOD THIS AUTHOR NAILED IT AGAIN.The first book was such a winner for me and this one is no different.Realistic characters Hellz yeah.Character development You got it.Awesome friendship Super awesome like 1000%.Great F F romance Almost there I just felt like the shift into romance happened way too fast but it s still amazing nonetheless AND HOT Under the Lights is a story about finding one s self and realizing the things that matter and make you happy There are a lot of books out there with [...]
This book is very cute, hilarious, sexy, and heartwarming all rolled in one Under the Lights is much than your coming of out story, it is also very vital It discusses a lot of important topics such as class politics, sexual identity, the lack of diversity in the media, and so much .The sequel to Daylight Falls returns with a twist Starring by Hollywood s bad boy Josh Chester His life turned upside, down when his mother gave him, an ultimatum to get out of their fancy house or join her in her ne [...]
06 30 15IT S RELEASE DAY GO BUY THE BOOK IT S AMAZING As evidenced by my written shouting and excessive use of exclamation points Under the Lights isn t officially released yet, but I had the chance to read it before since the publisher apparently made it available for those who had pre ordered it Anyway.If you look at the cover, you ll see pink and lights and girls kissing And you know how sometimes the cover looks like the artist didn t even know what the book was about Well, Under the Lights [...]
3.7 stars I really enjoyed this Semi fun, semi serious YA contemporary following 2 teen Hollywood stars I liked all the drama that came with their jobs and lifestyles because it s not something I had read about before and thought it was fun I also really liked the f f in this, especially since it was bi gay AND Vanessa, who finds out she s a lesbian is that a spoiler eh, I knew before I read this literally finds out in this book she didn t have a coming out story that was like I have known my wh [...]
As always, Dahlia Adler s stories and dialogue are so addictive totally finished this in one sitting Josh was a raging asshole but a charming fun one that I just can t resist for the life of me and his growth in the story was great Even though the book began and ended with chapters from him, I think the heart of the story truly is Vanessa s realisations about her sexuality and her romance with Brianna Can I just say Dahlia totally nailed sexy F F And also, it was so great to see Ally and Liam st [...]
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.I didn t enjoy reading this one quite as much as Behind the Scenes I preferred the single POV and the couple of that one but Under the Lights felt like it was a stronger book overall There were things to appreciate, including the following Diverse characters An unlikable male MC that still had great qualities Character growth in both main characters A dual POV in which only one had a big romance focus Sex positivity including a scene that di [...]
Before I start raving, full disclosure that Dahlia Adler is one of my very good friends and knows some of my darkest secrets That being said, it didn t affect my review at all and I assure you that both of us are relieved that I loved this book For those who aren t going to read the whole review buy this for every high school you know Put this into the hands of every Gay Straight Alliance in high schools and queer clubs in college Know a girl struggling to come out, especially a queer girl of co [...]
yeah, I gave this 5 stars, but NO, I m not outright recommending it to any of you Why Cuz, people, meet our leading man, Josh Chester You stupid dick I told you no male assistants Call me back when you find a hot female friend who needs a job washing my car in a thong I thought the whole point of hiring Ally was that you wanted an assistant you weren t gonna try to nail Yeah, well, I m trying not to be too picky But no male assistants I don t want anyone around who s gonna steal my shit That mea [...]
I couldn t put this book DOWN Also want to mention this is my first f f romance and I CRIED SEVERAL TIMES One hundred points to the House of Adler image You can also find my review here hopelessbooklovers rel the Vogue covers I did with the Daylight Falls characters Dahlia Adler has become one of my favorite authors out there Under the Lights was such a breath of fresh air, with a teaspoon of intense I loved every moment she wrote and every interaction between the characters They spoke to me ind [...]
Under The Lights is exactly what I want in a NA YA Contemporary And Dahlia Adler is exactly what I want in an author.Under The Lights, a companion novel to Daylight Falls, follows Ally s best friend, Vanessa Park, and Liam s best friend, Joshua Chester, in alternate POVs And if you ve seen the cover and are a follower of Dahlia Adler on Twitter, then you know that a book is an F F Romance Which is OMFG WE NEED MORE OF THESE And if you ve read Daylight Falls, you also know that Vanessa Park is an [...]
UNDER THE LIGHTS is the perfect Hollywood romance Vanessa Park is the star of a hit teen TV show Josh Chester is Hollywood in all its weird, fun, semi skeezy glory Both of them have to navigate growing up and figuring out life with the spotlight on them and all that comes with it, while being dare I say normal people You ve probably heard about the main romance in the book already, and there s good reason I admit I haven t read a lot of F F romance, but Van and Bri s love story had me swooning T [...]
This is my first Dahlia Adler book I KNOW and as someone who s a huge fan of contemp YA, that s kind of an embarrassing admission This one is right on the line between YA and NA okay, granted, definitely NA than YA , and is also all kinds of awesome.I was reading this and it s weird how nice it was to see myself gay reflected in a love story And I m 35 So I can t imagine how nice it is for people who are 19 or 20 to see themselves reflected And it s weird it s not something I really think about [...]
Surprise, surprise I found this a very good read If you like young adult, coming out and show business stories not necessarily in that order , you ll love this book.By the way, I m still shocked with the purity pledge WTF Seriously As a Spaniard I didn t understand nothing about it I had to google it And in case you re interested, I still don t understand it.
I am so happy I don t even care about the sleep deprivation and the fact that I should be studying instead of reading still grinning over this wonderful real amazing hilarious important book that doesn t shy away from anything and is on freaking point MORE PLEASE RTC
Can t wait for this one I love the way Dahlia tweaks your emotions with depth, humor and smart, fully human characters My only disappointment with Behind the Scenes was that it ended And that it s still too long until June
Find this and other reviews at Ramblings of a Daydreamer.4.5 starsUnder the Lights was one of my most anticipated reads of 2015, and I m happy to say it didn t disappoint I read the first book in this companion duology, Behind the Scenes, shortly before reading this one, so I was excited to see where things would go with Josh and Vanessa.Under the Lights deals with a lot of issues while still managing to be a fairly light, amusing, and overall positive read Despite the two main characters being [...]
For book reviews check out Britt s Book BlogI have been looking forward to reading this book for months I built up so many expectations Sometimes when I get my hopes up for a book I end up being disappointed when I finally get to read it Under The Lights not only didn t disappoint me, but it turned out to be so much better than what I had hoped.At first, I wasn t too sure that I would like the setup Under The Lights is told in dual POV but Josh isn t Vanessa s love interest I ended up loving it [...]
Under the Lights is a pleasant read with strong romantic elements It is, primarily, a book about finding yourself and being accepted by those closest to you The strengths of the book include the diverse characters and how well develops they are, as well as how the growth over the course of the book However, one of the main drawbacks for me was the main male character While Adler does a good job of weaving a story, Josh Chester is reprhensible and the type of character which normally dissuades me [...]
Ich habe UNDER THE LIGHTS wirklich hei herbeigesehnt Band 1 der Reihe hat mir unglaublich gut gefallen und ich konnte kaum abwarten, wie es weitergeht Mit Josh und Vanessa Es war von vornherein klar, dass die Autorin keine Romanze zwischen den beiden schreiben w rde und deshalb gibt es im Buch auch nur eine Liebesgeschichte und zwar die zwischen Vanessa und Bri Ich habe noch nie eine Lovestory zwischen zwei M dels gelesen und fand es wirklich gut umgesetzt, wie die Autorin immer wieder betont ha [...]
I didn t read the first Daylight Falls book though now I might , but upon seeing the description for this book, I knew I had to get my hands on an ARC.To be honest, I m not a fan of Josh Chester his bad boy witticisms are frowned upon, but tolerated, and he s not exactly punished for his behavior Maybe I needed to have read the first book to really get that I did like view spoiler his slow turnaround on Vanessa though, and their friendship was super lovely and sweet towards the end hide spoiler [...]
I liked this book but I also had some problems with it.This book started of as a four star book for me The writing is nice and fast paced and I liked both perspectives Josh is sort of an asshole, but he knows he is and doesn t pretend to be someone he isn t which I can really appreciate In that sense he s no nonsense and that made me like his narrating voice quite a lot It took a bit longer for me to like Vanessa and I found her to have a less distinctive voice, but I did never feel like skippin [...]
I ve become a full blown Dahlia Adler fangirl And I m okay with that Under the Lightsshines as a YA f f romance It s swoony and steamy, as well as sweet while also packing a punch Watching Van and Bri s relationship unfold made my heart unbelievably happy Also Josh freakin Chester I adore that guy, in all his unapologetic glory.
Really great Love Van, liked seeing of Josh a little surprisingly, but hey , and I totally adore Bri.
van bri also josh and liam allythe characters 10 10 i just really don t care about hollywood
This review originally appeared on Such a Novel Idea.I received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review This did not affect the outcome of my opinion in any way I have followed Dahlia Adler for a few years now on Twitter, even before she was an author She is funny, witty, and smart three things I value greatly in people So of course, when I read she was going to be a published author, I KNEW I had to pick up her books.That may have been my reason behind wanting to [...]