Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler [Review]

Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler
Series: Daylight Falls #1
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release: June 24, 2014
Hardcover:  328 Pages
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book 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.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I couldn't help but notice that Behind the Scene's premise sounded an awful lot like Open Road Summer, which I loved.  Both feature non-famous girls with a famous best friend and meet a famous love interest who is pretending to date famous best friend.  Luckily, both books were different enough that I felt they could stand on their own relatively well.

Behind the Scenes is kind of a frothy, fun summer type read that manages to stay fairly grounded at the same time.  Ally and Liam's chemistry is a lot of fun, even though they experience quite a lot of drama given the publicity stunt of having Van and Liam pretend to date.  But I think Ally's insecurity was what really bothered me.  The story does lull at times, especially when Ally is feeling insecure AGAIN.  I'm sure that's a normal response to dating a superstar, but it does get tiresome.  Especially at the end, when things go off the rails.  Ally, what are you thinking?!

But overall, I thought this is was a fun and enjoyable romance and an interesting look at Hollywood once you peel back the curtain.

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