What Happens in Hollywood universe questions

As some of you may know, Hollywood Gossip is a spin-off of the What Happens in… series. As the universe continues to expand, things might get a little complicated/confusing, so I wanted to create a post to answer some questions about how the books tie in together.

If you think of any that I’ve missed, let me know in the comments and I’ll add them in 🙂

Where does Hollywood Gossip fit into the What Happens in… timeline?

It’s a prequel, set four years before What Happens in New York.

Which characters from What Happens in New York are in it?

Tate and Jack, who are the main characters. Trinity, Liam, and Astin have roles too.

Do I have to have read What Happens in… to read Hollywood Gossip?


What Happens in New York, the first book in the What Happens in... series by Kristina Adams

Who are the main characters in Hollywood Gossip?

Tate and Jack.

What genre(s) do the books fall into?

Contemporary romance and women’s fiction. Hollywood Gossip is much more of a romance than What Happens in New York as the primary focus of the series is Tate and Jack’s relationship. The primary focus in the What Happens in… books is the friendship between Hollie and Fayth.

Where is Hollywood Gossip set?

New York and LA.

Whose point of view is Hollywood Gossip written from?

Tate’s and Jack’s.

What’s the chronological order of the books?

  1. Hollywood Gossip
  2. Hollywood Parents (coming soon)
  3. The Real World
  4. What Happens in New York
  5. What Happens in London
  6. Behind the Spotlight (overlaps with What Happens in London, Return to New York, and What Happens in Barcelona)
  7. What Happens in Texas (free blog series—overlaps with a tiny bit of What Happens in London and Return to New York)
  8. Return to New York
  9. What Happens in Barcelona
  10. What Happens in Paphos

What’s the publication order of the books?

  1. What Happens in New York
  2. The Real World
  3. What Happens in London
  4. Return to New York
  5. What Happens in Barcelona
  6. Behind the Spotlight
  7. What Happens in Paphos
  8. Hollywood Gossip
  9. Hollywood Parents
  10. Hollywood Drama

How does Behind the Spotlight fit in?

Behind the Spotlight is a spin-off novella about Hollie’s ex-flatmate Cameron. He’s reunited with his ex, who just so happens to be in the world’s biggest boy band.

Behind the Spotlight by Kristina Adams

Hollie is the only other character from the What Happens in… series to make an appearance, but the others are mentioned in passing.

What’s the recommended reading order?

There isn’t one! I would recommend reading one series at a time, but it’s up to you whether you read What Happens in… or Hollywood Gossip first.

Behind the Spotlight you can read whenever as, while it contains a couple of the characters, it doesn’t overlap as heavily as the two main series.

If you’ve got any other questions let me know in the comments and I’ll get back to you. Happy reading!