Behind the Scenes

Finished Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.  (Note: I work for this company, but this is not one of my books.)

Summary (from Goodreads):

“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.”

I read the companion novel first, so the ending here was spoiled for me.  Even so, this was a really fun and sweet read.  But it’s also pretty deep.  There are a lot of things going on here for Ally.  Her best friend is going from being on the edge of fame to being one of the more well-known celebrities which means that their face-to-face time is limited.

The bigger problem, though, is that her dad has stage 4 melanoma and things aren’t looking good.  That (understandably) has the family in major upheaval and it’s a horrible time for Ally to not have her best friend Vanessa around.  (To make matters even harder, it looks like Ally’s college fund is now going to go to her dad’s medical bills.)  Long story short, she ends up working as Vanessa’s assistant…which lands her right in the middle of a hypothetical love triangle (Vanessa and Liam are fake-dating; Ally and Liam are real-dating and turns out it’s really hard to watch your boyfriend kiss your best friend, even if you know it’s fake.)

I love these books and I’m excited to read whatever Dahlia Adler writes next.

Highly recommended.

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