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Under the Lights

(Daylight Falls #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,159 ratings  ·  277 reviews
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 cou ...more
Paperback, 279 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Spencer Hill Contemporary
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Dahlia Just a companion! All the characters except Brianna are from the first book, but you don't need to read it to understand this one. From what I gather,…moreJust a companion! All the characters except Brianna are from the first book, but you don't need to read it to understand this one. From what I gather, most people haven't, and I always hear it's not an issue. Thanks for asking!(less)

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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 t
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Elle (ellexamines)
“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 ta
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
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
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

This book is very cute, hilarious, sexy, and heartwarming all rolled in one.

Under the Lights is much more 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 more.

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
✨    jami   ✨
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 requested this arc from the publisher mostly because I'd heard the main f/f romance is really cute
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
3.25 stars.

So, I have some seriously mixed feelings about this book.

I picked this up because I was looking for a cute sapphic romance, and that was……about 50% of what I got??? I have such polarized Thoughts™️ about the dual POV here, so this will probably be one of the most scattered reviews I’ve written.

Let’s chat about the two main characters in Under the Lights:

Vanessa Park is a Korean-American actress on a popular sitcom. She’s struggling to balance her acting career with her family’s expec
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

4.5 stars

This is a book that surprised me because of its unique format: the two POVs aren't the MC and the love interest, but two MCs who happen to be (somewhat) friends.

Vanessa is a Korean-American actress and the protagonist of a TV show. All of her moves are monitored by the media and regulated by her publicist Jade. When Jade's daughter Brianna gets close to Vanessa

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, Unde
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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 ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I've NEVER wanted to punch a book character more 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
Katherine Locke
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Before I start raving, full disclosure that Dahlia Adler is one of my very good friends and knows some of my darkest secrets ;) That being said, it didn't affect my review at all and I assure you that both of us are relieved that I loved this book. For those who aren't going to read the whole review: buy this for every high school you know. Put this into the hands of every Gay-Straight Alliance in high schools and queer clubs in college. Know a girl struggling to come out, especially a queer gir ...more
yeah, I gave this 5 stars, but NO, I’m not outright recommending it to any of you. Why? Cuz, people, meet our leading man, Josh Chester:
“You stupid dick. I told you--no male assistants. Call me back when you find a hot female friend who needs a job washing my car in a thong.”
“I thought the whole point of hiring Ally was that you wanted an assistant you weren’t gonna try to nail.”

“Yeah, well, I’m trying not to be too picky.”

“But no male assistants?”

“I don’t want anyone around who’s gonna ste
sil ♡ the book voyagers
I couldn't put this book DOWN. Also want to mention this is my first f/f romance and I CRIED SEVERAL TIMES. One hundred points to the House of Adler.

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You can also find my review here: + the Vogue covers I did with the Daylight Falls characters!

Dahlia Adler has become one of my favorite authors out there. Under the Lights was such a breath of fresh air, with a teaspoon of intense. I loved every moment she wrote and every interaction between the
Rhea Dsouza
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Under The Lights is exactly what I want in a NA/YA Contemporary. And Dahlia Adler is exactly what I want in an author.

Under The Lights, a companion novel to Daylight Falls, follows Ally’s best friend, Vanessa Park, and Liam’s best friend, Joshua Chester, in alternate POVs. And if you’ve seen the cover and are a follower of Dahlia Adler on Twitter, then you know that a book is an F/F Romance. Which is OMFG WE NEED MORE OF THESE. And if you’ve read Daylight Falls, you also know that Vanessa Park i
Maggie Hall
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
UNDER THE LIGHTS is the perfect Hollywood romance. Vanessa Park is the star of a hit teen TV show. Josh Chester is Hollywood—in all its weird, fun, semi-skeezy glory. Both of them have to navigate growing up and figuring out life with the spotlight on them and all that comes with it, while being—dare I say—normal people.

You’ve probably heard about the main romance in the book already, and there’s good reason. I admit I haven’t read a lot of F/F romance, but Van and Bri’s love story had me swoon
Kelly Hager
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Dahlia Adler book (I KNOW) and as someone who's a huge fan of contemp YA, that's kind of an embarrassing admission. This one is right on the line between YA and NA (okay, granted, definitely more NA than YA), and is also all kinds of awesome.

I was reading this and it's weird how nice it was to see myself (gay) reflected in a love story. And I'm 35. So I can't imagine how nice it is for people who are 19 or 20 to see themselves reflected. And it's weird; it's not something I real
I am so happy I don't even care about the sleep deprivation and the fact that I should be studying instead of reading/still grinning over this wonderful-real-amazing-hilarious-important book that doesn't shy away from anything and is on freaking point. MORE PLEASE.

Martina Boone
Mar 14, 2015 marked it as to-read
Can't wait for this one! I love the way Dahlia tweaks your emotions with depth, humor and smart, fully *human* characters. My only disappointment with Behind the Scenes was that it ended. And that it's still too long until June! ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt
this was cute but why did josh get his own chapters and storyline like he shoulda stayed irrelevant
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4.5 stars

Under the Lights was one of my most anticipated reads of 2015, and I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint! I read the first book in this companion duology, Behind the Scenes, shortly before reading this one, so I was excited to see where things would go with Josh and Vanessa.

Under the Lights deals with a lot of issues while still managing to be a fairly light, amusing, and overall positive read. Despite the two main characters bein
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I have been looking forward to reading this book for months. I built up so many expectations. Sometimes when I get my hopes up for a book I end up being disappointed when I finally get to read it. Under The Lights not only didn’t disappoint me, but it turned out to be so much better than what I had hoped.

At first, I wasn’t too sure that I would like the setup. Under The Lights is told in dual POV but Josh isn’t Vanessa’s love interest. I ended up
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Everything Leads to You
Under the Lights is a pleasant read with strong romantic elements. It is, primarily, a book about finding yourself and being accepted by those closest to you. The strengths of the book include the diverse characters and how well-develops they are, as well as how the growth over the course of the book. However, one of the main drawbacks for me was the main male character. While Adler does a good job of weaving a story, Josh Chester is reprhensible and the type of character which normally dissuade ...more
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, young-adult, kindle
I didn't read the first Daylight Falls book (though now I might), but upon seeing the description for this book, I knew I had to get my hands on an ARC.

To be honest, I'm not a fan of Josh Chester -- his bad boy witticisms are frowned upon, but tolerated, and he's not exactly punished for his behavior. Maybe I needed to have read the first book to really get that. I did like (view spoiler)
Jacoline Maes
I liked this book but I also had some problems with it.

This book started of as a four star book for me. The writing is nice and fast-paced and I liked both perspectives. Josh is sort of an asshole, but he knows he is and doesn't pretend to be someone he isn't which I can really appreciate. In that sense he's no-nonsense and that made me like his narrating voice quite a lot. It took a bit longer for me to like Vanessa and I found her to have a less distinctive voice, but I did never feel like ski
ugh. can i just give Josh’s POV -100 stars?

the only reason i continued this series was because i heard it has a sapphic relationship. it does. i love Van’s coming out realization. i also love how this book (in Van’s POV) has a lot of verbal consent in sex scenes (which i stan).

but fucking Josh and all his casual racist remarks and he just like spent the entire book being an asshole and alcoholic and bitching because he is rich and somehow manages to make friends who are more like babysitters a
Michelle Smith
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read-worthy
I've become a full-blown Dahlia Adler fangirl. And I'm okay with that.

Under the Lights shines as a YA f/f romance. It's swoony and steamy, as well as sweet while also packing a punch. Watching Van and Bri's relationship unfold made my heart unbelievably happy.

Also: Josh freakin' Chester. I adore that guy, in all his unapologetic glory.
Surprise, surprise. I found this a very good read. If you like young adult, coming out and show business stories (not necessarily in that order), you'll love this book.

By the way, I'm still shocked with the 'purity pledge'. WTF? Seriously? As a Spaniard I didn't understand nothing about it. I had to google it. And in case you're interested, I still don't understand it.
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Dahlia Adler is an Editor of Mathematics by day, the overlord of LGBTQReads by night, and a writer of Contemporary YA and NA at every spare moment in between. She's the author of the Daylight Falls duology, Just Visiting, the Radleigh University series, Cool for the Summer, and Home Field Advantage; a contributor to anthologies All Out, The Radical Element, and It's a Whole Spiel; the editor ...more

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