Genre: Contemporary YA
Word Count: 77,000
Sixteen-year-old 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 dating a star is way different from being best friends with one. 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.
The buzzing was insistent, intrusive, and it was making my palms itch.
I forced myself to ignore it, and breathed a sigh of relief when it stopped. But a few seconds later, it started again.
Dammit, Van. I just knew it was her calling, even though she knew I was in school. She’d had an audition that morning for a teen dramedy show, and despite having been in plenty of movies, she was more desperate to land the role of Ditz #3 on Daylight Falls than she’d been to play Brad-freakin’-Pitt’s stepdaughter three years ago.
My phone fell silent, and I prayed she wouldn’t try again. Vanessa knew I hated when she interrupted me during class. Little-known fact: girls who pick up the phone during French do not go to Columbia.
Just when I was finally sure Van had gotten the message, my bag began vibrating for a third time.
“Hey, Duncan, I think your bag is buzzing.”
“I know,” I whispered back to Nate Donovan without turning around, “but what am I supposed to do about it?”
“Have you considered, I dunno, answering it? Man, and to think I actually needed you to tutor me a few months ago.”
“Funny, Donovan. Anyway, it’s just Vanessa. She can wait. Le subjunctif cannot.”
“Vanessa, you say.” Even in a whisper, he sounded obviously intrigued. I rolled my eyes. Nate always got a hard-on at the mere mention of her name.