I received this book for free from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson
Published by Scholastic
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Genres: Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.
Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter's town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam's girlfriend while he's in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn't at all who she thought he was.As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what's real and what's fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds - her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?
Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson was such a cute book! I honestly wish I had read it sooner! The characters were well written, the plot was enjoyable to read, and I loved the friendships!
Carter is comfortable living her life in her quiet little town. Her family owns a cafe that she loves working at and can’t see herself doing anything else. But when Hollywood comes to her town to film a Christmas movie and along with it, Hollywood’s big “it” actor, Adam Jakes, things start to change. The majority of the town goes nuts, some protest, and some people, like Carter, find themselves getting unintentionally thrown right into the middle of the scene.
I mentioned this briefly but Culbertson created a great cast of characters. I loved Carter and her friends. Carter reminded me a little bit of myself. She was quiet, content, and the thought of having to fake date the infamous Adam Jakes revolts her. Watching her initial interactions with him cracked me up. She was sarcastic and would not put up with his crap. Adam was a jerk at the beginning. A jerk! But as typical with books like this, we just know that he’ll turn out to be a good guy, right? I enjoyed his character growth and seeing the real Adam, even though those glimpses were few and far between. But honestly, that made me treasure them even more. Chloe and Alien Drake, Carter’s best friends were my favorite. Chloe is a star struck teenager who causes a little drama here and there. She pushes Carter which was great. Alien Drake is the guy best friend you want. He’s a little out there but tells it like it is and makes sure that Carter doesn’t change who she is and to look at things differently, not just for what they appear to be. The relationship between the three of them was something I really enjoyed reading.
The overall plot was cute and it’s one of those that you smile through. I liked how much Carter and Adam wanted nothing to do with each other at the beginning, I liked watching them slowly learn more and more about each other, and they shared some special moments that warmed my heart. Culbertson added some extra depth to the story with Carter’s older brother. He struggles with a gambling problem and has sort of been outcasted by his family. He steals their money, makes poor life choices, but Carter loves him with all of his heart. Even though she should probably just give up on him, she doesn’t, and does everything she can to try to help him. It makes Catch a Falling Star’s fluffy plot more realistic and something you can root for.