Review: Under The Lights by Dahlia Adler

Posted October 13, 2015 in review / 2 Comments

Review: Under The Lights by Dahlia AdlerUnder the Lights by Dahlia Adler
Published by Spencer Hill Press on June 30th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary
Format: E-book
Pages: 312
Source: Kindle (Amazon)
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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.

I am absolutely freaking out about how amazing this book was, and I don’t think I can fully express it because it’ll probably be like OHMYGOSHTHISBOOKISAMAZINGYOUGOTTOREADITNJADASKDFASDJKFJKASDKJFD.

YEAH. That happened. ANYWAY, I’ll just list out the reasons why I love-adore-am-crazy about this book.


DIVERSITY. The main female character, Van, is an Asian-American and I absolutely LOVE it. Because if you haven’t noticed yet, this whole book was kinda set in Hollywood-style so it’s quite rare don’t you think, to have an Asian acting in Hollywood. Hence, this book does deal with issues regarding the differences that are rarely pointed out between being an American actress, and being an Asian actress. From here, we actually get to see Van’s character growing and how she learnt to accept who she is but at the same time, go for what she wants.


THE DAMN COVER OF THIS BOOK. Unless you’re blind, you have to agree with me that the cover is quite pretty, huh? Yes, I totally fell in love with this book at first because of the cover. The cover artist has made it in such a way that at first glance, it totally seems perfectly normal that two girls are kissing and that’s what I like about it. Plus, the cover looks classy and sexy at the same time, giving me the hint that there is bound to be some sizzling romance in this book, which I am right about.


Alternate POVs of two very different people. This is the first book that I read in which the two characters whose stories were being told about do not end up with each other. (THAT WASN’T A SPOILER, RIGHT? I MEAN, YOU WOULD KNOW IT FROM THE SUMMARY, RIGHT? PLUS, YOU HAVE SEEN THE COVER, RIGHT? If you think it was a spoiler, tell me immediately so I can take it down.) So, it’s quite cool to see how these two would intersect. Furthermore, these two despise each other. Like, the hatred was…. WOAH. So, it’s pretty amazing to follow them through every arguments and sarcastic remarks and fights, and getting to that point where they both finally get it. GAH IT’S SO HARD DOING THIS WITHOUT HAVING SPOILERS.


Friendships. There’s no better book than including great friends, and reading about it all makes me wanna tweet it with #bestfriendgoals HAHAH. But really, the scenes that totally make my heart melts are actually the scenes between Josh and Liam, and Van and Ally. Everybody needs someone to fall back on, right? And I go all awwwwwww whenever I see these kind of friendships being one of the main components in a book.


OF COURSE my last reason have to end with a BANG, right? SO. SIZZLING ROMANCE. Yup, the romance in this book is so romantic that it makes your heart melt, but it turns up the damn temperature at the right time too. *fans self* It’s rare to read a book about F/F relationships, and I do admit that the only other book I’ve read is Leah Reader’s Black Iris, which was dark and twisty and sexy and hot. AHEM but anyway, the romance in this book is equally hot. And I have nothing against lesbians, gays, whatever. As long as you have hot sizzling romance, I’ll take it!


All in all, this book was AMAZING and I wasn’t lying when I said it’s one of my top favorites in 2015. And that’s a damn good compliment, because I rarely have favorites of the year, unless it’s a book in a series that I love. xD

If you’re looking for diversity, LGBT, or just plain heart-melting contemporary, read this. IT’S PERFECT.

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