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.
Miss Riki’s Review:
Hollywood YA with a smart, ambitious protagonist and a swoon worthy love interest with abs to die for? Check and check. And thank goodness! This was just the lighthearted, fun read that I was looking for and I absolutely adored the characters in this book!
I loved the incredible, always-there-for-you-no-matter-what friendship between Ally and Vanessa. Dahlia Adler does a great job of writing two girls who have very different goals in life yet rely on each other for support. I loved that Ally was reluctant to get into the Hollywood scene and how she maintains her integrity and poise even when the industry tries its best to get her down.
Oh, and Liam! (And incidentally, Liam’s abs!) What a wonderful love interest for Ally! If Ally is reluctant to get involved in Hollywood dealings, then Liam stands by her side. He’s a little unimpressed by all of the fame and fortune himself and I loved how he embraces Ally and their absolutely adorable study sessions. So cute! The scenes where they “study” French are worth the price of admission alone. Their chemistry is undeniable and so fun to read.
This book is a wonderful behind-the scenes look at Hollywood life and has a great, upbeat pace, with a swoon worthy love story and plenty of drama. Fans of contemporary YA will adore this book!
*UPDATE: In this novel we meet bad boy Josh, who I loved, and you’ll be happy to know that he gets his own story in Adler’s follow-up novel, UNDER THE LIGHTS. It is split POV between Josh and Vanessa (who gets her own wonderful love story) and it is amazing!