Under the Lights (Daylight Falls, #2) by Dahlia Adler


Under the Lights (Daylight Falls, #2)
Title : Under the Lights (Daylight Falls, #2)
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ISBN : 1633920178
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 279

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.


Under the Lights (Daylight Falls, #2) Reviews


  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    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, 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 I m glad to have had the opportunity to follow them Josh is this guy we see in a Reality TV show and ask ourselves what the fuck he did to deserve Haha, talk about a super prize to show his life on TV The fact is, I m not objective because I hate that stuff I have zero interest in anything celebrities related, especially when it comes to their love life partying children I don t fucking care about that So, you know, I should hate him I should despise him I don t Truth be told, he annoyed and maddened me sometimes, but no, I don t loathe him Yet I did get pissed at his continual comments about girls doing blowjobs to him I mean, was it really necessary to refer to them every time he was at a party Every fucking time I don t think so But move on.So, yeah Josh s an asshole and a womanizer sorry but there s no other way to put it Josh s an asshole and yet, I doesn t hate him, because first he s unapologetic and doesn t ask for people including the readers to love him and then he isn t the love interest here Don t get fooled, I m not saying that he s that kind of super jerk but broken inside many authors LOVE throwing at us, because he s not He s way complex and interesting than that According to me, although he doesn t strike people as the unconfident type, he s afraid and doesn t trust himself for shit In my opinion He s just feeling lonely but hey, I m not a psy you know, only a teacher Anyway Josh struggles to become the person he wants to be, hell, he doesn t even know who he wants to be, and to see him growing up was fantastic I m not gonna lie, Vanessa wasn t my favorite person in Behind the Scenes Not because of the scheme they had to play with Liam in my opinion Allie should have said what she thought, but hey, who am I to judge but although she was an interesting character, I had a hard time relating to her and yes, I have to admit that to me she was quite a bore.So, did she improve here Well, I kind of hated her at first She annoyed me so much But in the end Definitely Even if she doesn t become my favorite character, being in her head helped me to understand her better, and in the end, I m glad to have gotten the opportunity to really know her, even if I wasn t always feeling involved in her story unfortunately I mean, I enjoyed her romance with Brin, but in my opinion we didn t get enough time to really become involved in their relationship I definitely wanted of them together, let s say I know they aren t under the lights here Haha but can I say that I was ecstatic to see Liam and Allie again Well, let s be frank, mostly Liam Really, I don t know under what spell I fell, but every time he appears I can t help but smile like a complete moron However, I have to say that to see their relationship s evolution through Vanessa and Josh s eyes worried me something fierce Of course I understand that life goes in the way and that people, even in love, don t always act perfectly but damn, that was painful for me, and sometimes I felt like Liam acted out of character And Oh, fuck that I m just gonna say it I cared about Liam than I did about Josh or Vanessa, and I m not sure it s a good thing Is it because I love his character too much that I wasn t able to completely invest myself in their story I don t know Maybe It s just how it was Finally, the other girls namely Shannah and all were portrayed as such stereotypical bitches, for real, and as in Behind the Scenes, it did bother me Really, it made me wonder if I was just too naive about the girls living in that world anyway, I can t believe that they re all like that, I can t, and if I m wrong, well, it s on me When I reread what I wrote about the characters, it occurs to me that you may wonder why I liked this book if I wasn t their biggest fan, but THAT S THE THING I ll take flawed but realistic characters over perfectly boring ones any day, as long as the author doesn t try to justify their actions Dahlia Adler never does that Josh is an asshole Sure Nobody is forcing me to love him yet he is complex and multi layered, he evolves, so YES, he IS interesting as a character and he did make me laugh so much, but then, I may have an horrible sense of humor, because you know, I m French and all Well, despite the fact that I didn t quite like it as much as Behind the scenes but let s face it, I m such a fangirI when it comes to Liam, I can t even believe myself, I thought it was a pretty courageous book, for starters, because it comes as a surprise Indeed this is NOT our regular contemporary romance And this is so much BETTER as it is This is not about a guy who s going to fix some girl or some guy, for that matter This is about finding your place in the world This is about difference and how to live in a world that put people in little boxes This is about emancipation and how to learn to be true to yourself This is about friendship and family and what we re ready to do to protect it And yes, we get to see Liam again but I have to stop being obsessed now I swear, I will Oh, and by the way, this writing I m in love with it, and I shall read anything Dahlia Adler writes Anyone who doesn t want you to be happy with who you are is an asshole Fuck pleasing everyone else You only live once Who are you gonna do it for ARC provided by Spencer Hill through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review For of my reviews, please visit

  • Samantha

    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 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 not need to read the first book to understand this one You are not missing anything with the first one, if that synopsis doesn t interest you, and anything of importance is filled in at the beginning of this one I chose to skip the first book as well.Before reading this book, I didn t realize it would be a dual POV Initially, I was not a fan of that My main interest was in Vanessa and her story line, and I couldn t care less about Josh As time went on and characters developed, I did come to like Josh , which is saying a lot as he starts out very unlikable But overall, Vanessa is the protagonist I care about.The story line was fun The majority of the characters are stars in a show that sounds very similar to Dawson s Creek or Gil Girls, and it was fun to see behind the scenes in a Hollywood environment like that instead of a glamorous one It provided just enough of a backdrop for the story, while not ruling the story.I found the relationships to be the strongest element of the story Vanessa is finding herself, without it being the overly angsty mess that it could have been Any sexual activity is discussed maturely by the characters, and enthusiastic consent is a HUGE part of that narrative, which I appreciate seeing It s not something I see often, if at all, in other YA contemporaries.Overall, I enjoyed this story and it was an excellent gateway into Dahlia s other work She has become an auto buy author for me, and I look forward to working my way through her backlist, as well as any future releases of hers.This review was originally posted on Thoughts on Tomes

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    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 tale 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 writing characters you can quickly get attached to I grew attached to Vanessa s character rather quickly, with her sarcastic wit and love for her friends Her arc around sexuality is a 10 10 effort, and one I m definitely going to remember One way this book really succeeded was in writing a believable asshole good boy character arc See, most reformed asshole character arcs in YA occur for guys that are romantic interests, which leads to a lot of their actions being excused or ignored by their girlfriends and by the narrative Adler avoids this completely by separating his character arc from any romantic inklings In fact, there s not even a romance for Josh I spent around half the book hating Josh, yet I still empathized with his actions and wanted him to develop And the romance is SO SWEET Adler had me shipping Vanessa and Brianna from their first meeting, and their romantic chemistry was written so perfectly Van s gay crisis is written about with such honesty and empathy on the part of the author you can definitely tell this is ownvoices And also, kudos for not having the bi character be the questioning and unsure about commitment one in the relationship that s a trope I see a lot, and while not necessarily bad, I m glad this book subverted that expectation What s best about this book is that you ll find it enjoyable whether you like Hollywood or not It s not a completely romantic take on the life of a Hollywood actress, and it does a far better job acknowledging that everyone s life has problems than many Hollywood set books I ve read The acknowledgment of racism and homophobia and the importance of representation in acting was so important to me I also loved the representation of the protagonist s lack of agency within the narrative it s lovely to see that side of Hollywood life explored, while not being a woe is me i m an actress type book Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube

  • Dahlia

    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

  • Marla Mei

    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 t 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 self discovery as the main concept but this book is probably my favorite of them all What I liked the most about this is the unlikely friendship formed between the two main characters who couldn t be any different from each other without entangling any romance in it Because guys and girls can have platonic friendships, people On top of that, this book also tackles tough issues like racism and sexuality which, in my opinion, Dahlia Adler has done perfectly In short THIS BOOK IS IMPORTANT YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIVES SO GO READ IT NOW.You re welcome An ARC was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)

    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 h 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 new reality show.Meanwhile the rising Korean American actor, Vanessa Park finds herself BFF less When her best friend, Ally moves away for college Then she meets Brianna, her manager s daughter who instantly become her friend Who will make her realize a lot of things, she does not even know worth risking for.Under the Lights straddle the line most Young Adult books shy away from, such as the semi graphic sex scene While there are a lot of YA books out there that have sex scenes, most of them are lacking and reduced to your standard this is where he she and I met Which makes this book even necessary, because of its sex positive message for LGBTQIAP community.This book also discusses erasing sexuality identity, homophobia and naturally the difficulty of coming out Especially for Vanessa, since she is a minority in Hollywood, the stakes are much higher for her Speaking of Hollywood and its racist s legacy Vanessa, the main character of the story lamented this problem a couple of times throughout the book.How many Asian actors did you see on the cover of Vanity Fair s latest Rising Young Hollywood issue When s the last time you saw an Asian actor carry a movie that wasn t about martial arts My only shot at being in a rom com is getting thirty seconds of one of those massive ensemble things like St Patrick s Day So, yeah, it s hard for me, and I really don t need anything making it harder.I can t stop smiling like an idiot as I watch her intertwine our fingers That was Good Lord Is it always like that She laughs Not always Her lips press against my shoulder, and my eyelids flutter shut When she speaks again, her voice is low and breath is warm against my ear Sometimes I use my mouth.Things I did not like that much Cliff notes version I find some of Josh chapters dragging and somewhat empty, but I am willing to overlook this since I love Van I would understand why would someone want to punch Josh for calling Vanessa, K drama To sum it up Under the Lights is a book you don t want to miss Listen to Young Adult Hollywood s Playlist for Under the LightsYou can listen to my Under the Lights playlist in 8tracks See the full tracklist in tumblr Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood

  • Lea

    06 30 15 IT 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 06 30 15 IT 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 is everything the cover promises and Yes, it s about romance Yes, it s about girls kissing and , insert suggestive wink But it s also about racism, and being a minority, and living in a world that focuses primarily on appearance, race, gender and sexual preference.It s about living in a judgemental world, and how to be yourself in it.It s about finding yourself and not being afraid to show it.And you know how most of the time this type of books, the ones that want to show something end up being nothing than imformative They might be enjoyable but it s not something you d rate than two stars had it not been for the subject matter Well, Under the Lights is not like that There s a real story, and I probably would ve enjoyed it even if I had only been looking for something fluffy and light.Some mothers hide vegetables in their kids plates, just to make them eat at least a little Carrots in lasagna Don t do that Seriously It s just mean This is what UtL is It s the carrots in the lasagna without the whole let s ruin everything factor.It s the vegetable that you can t feel, or it s the vegetable you feel that makes everything better.I know my metaphor is quite gross, we re talking about vegetables, come on Does anyone really like this stuff but I promise you the book is not It s like real lasagna And it s pretty fucking amazing

  • emily

    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 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 whole life and just have been hiding it which is the majority of gay YA that I have read and just not true , not everyone knows their whole lives It takes some people until they re 18 or even older to realize they re sexuality and I really like how that was represented in this Oh yea, and Van is Korean so there s the intersection of different parts of her identity and I thought that was really nice and important to include in the book because most LGBTQIAP YA lit I have read has been white kids

  • love, ellie

    I ve NEVER wanted to punch a book character Josh Chester FUCK THIS GUY I honestly wish this book was written in one POV, specifically only Vanessa s just so I didn t have to put up with the horribly misogynistic comments of Josh s POV At one point, I started skimming his parts because he completely ruined the book for me I ll just put some quotes here and let them explain themselves obviously spoilers Vanessa, after having an argument with her parents and feeling sort of torn about he I ve NEVER wanted to punch a book character Josh Chester FUCK THIS GUY I honestly wish this book was written in one POV, specifically only Vanessa s just so I didn t have to put up with the horribly misogynistic comments of Josh s POV At one point, I started skimming his parts because he completely ruined the book for me I ll just put some quotes here and let them explain themselves obviously spoilers Vanessa, after having an argument with her parents and feeling sort of torn about her life, confesses her vulnerable state of mind I know what you mean I need to get out of my parents house, but it s so hard to make myself I m not sure I m ready He laughs Christ, K drama, you still live with your parents What are you, twelve Man, you need a new place even worse than I do When he walks away, he s still laughing, his shoulders shaking Asshole. 99 and the three chapters later, he s like It s driving me crazy, not knowing what s eating at her, which is dumb who cares Anyway, she ll probably bitch and moan about it in the car, whatever it is Nothing that s my problem. 132 God, he s just the opposite of a decent human being Like, not only does he manage to make her feel like absolute shit about revealing her feelings, he also manages to be racist and an asshole Let s just talk about why I hated reading from his POV Zoe invited me, she says sweetly, as if I like Zoe any better She s not even as hot.Especially since his co star, Zoe Knight, is semi hot, and I haven t tapped her yet I will give you a billion dollars to get them the fuck out of here She Vanessa raises an eyebrow What makes you think I d be able to do that I have no idea But Ally would be able to, and you re the closest thing I ve got since my asshole bestfriend checked on me Come on I m sure some men find you vaguely attractive, in a boy chested kind of way Go charm them Sparks shoot from her eyes Whoops I mean Oh, shut up, she mutters.and Natasha Rivers, who once gave me surprisingly good head in an alley about a mile from here.My eyes shift from Mini Jade s tits back over K drama legs before returning to Royce.every female character he describes in relation to how hot they are, or how much he would want to bang them and i m sure there are guys like this, i just don t want to read their perspective on life i would literally do anything else but that it makes me want to throw up he makes me want to.like, he s just an absolute dick to Vanessa and she s always like ugh, whatever but I d literally punch him or never acknowledge his existence again i don t know why she continues to be around when he acts like this around her I m contemplating calling her again, and of course that s exactly when I hear, You still PMS ing, K drama On top of everything, the writing style isn t great, and it s almost choppy There s a part where he suddenly likes Vanessa, and then he sees her kiss Bri and then it suddenly disappears again And the thing is that he s always constantly putting her down in all the chapters leading up to this that it s so weird to think that he has a thing for her And it also pushes that narrative that boys tease bully girls because they secretly like them when he s just a dick God I m so tired of him.The one star is for Vanessa and Bri, because I did love them But I will never read this book again

  • Hazel (Stay Bookish)

    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 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 still going strong and LiamProblems was just so freaking amusing Is it obvious that I absolutely adored this book yet Full review tk