Catch a Falling Star
by Kim Culbertson
Expected Release Date - April 29th
E-Arc provided by publisher through Netgalley
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?
My Rating - 5 stars
Review - What to say? I loved it. It's a perfect summer read. It's everything you want in a contemporary book, I don't know. I did love it though. The characters, the setting, the whole book is exactly what one wants when picking up a contemporary book. Personally I always enjoy the rich boy not so rich girl story line and the movie star/regular person story lines, it's some good reading and this book nailed it.
This story is fun and cute and it has the realistic more serious real issues that I love in a contemporary. In this book it's mainly in the form of Carter's brother who has a major gambling addiction, owes bad people lots of money and just can't seem to stop himself from getting into more trouble, and then you have Carter who wants nothing more than to save her brother even if he doesn't want to be saved, this was one of my favorite aspects of this book. Then you have the movie star, who Carter thinks she is actually falling for but she doesn't know what's real and what's fake when it comes to Adam whose whole life seems to be one big publicity stunt. I liked how realistic their relationship was, I think the author took a bit of a different take on the movie star role than a lot of authors, while she showed the side where Adam is just liked anyone else she also made it abundantly clear that he wasn't and that he knew that. I loved and hated Adam, I wanted them to end up together and I didn't, but I was completely satisfied with the ending, non the less.
Favorite Things -
- Carter - I absolutely loved her character, I loved that she wasn't completely drawn into the movie star imagine, she wasn't obsessed with Hollywood but also she wasn't immune to it, because really who would be? I liked that at the end of the day Carter knew who she was, knew she didn't believe in Adam's superstar, every thing's an act life, and that she was completely happy with who she was, she wasn't like everyone else, she wasn't waiting to leave her small town behind the second that she could, you know? I loved her for that and I loved her when she started to realize that it was okay to want more and that she could always come back.
-Adam - Like I said love hate relationship with this character but he was believable and perfect in his own way and I can appreciate that.
-Alien Drake and Chloe (Carter's best friends) - Alien Drake will forever be my favorite name, ever. I loved both these secondary characters and the part they played in this story. Though in the beginning part of me wanted to slap Chloe a little bit.
- The stars - I loved all the stargazing the characters do and the philosophizing and everything. I loved the little bits that were supposed to be posts from Alien Drake and Carter's blog and how it fit into the story.
- I loved the backdrop of the Christmas Carol story, Adam is filming a remake and how it all fits into the way he was recovering from his "bad boy" imagine and all that.
- I guess I loved that while this has the same premise as allot of other books and movies it's still completely original and satisfying.
Least Favorite Things -
- In a way I didn't like the way Carters parents acted forcing her to want something more than her small town, but this was a minor small annoyance.
- I loved Adam through the whole first half and more of the book but then a few things happened in the last few pages that made me doubt how I wanted the book to end.
Overall - I loved it, it's a perfect summer read, if you love YA contemporary you will love this. If you loved This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith let me put it this way, as much as I loved that book this one is slightly better. =)
Recommended for - Fans of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith and The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
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Song Of The Moment - Mayberry by Rascal Flatts (Okay for some reason I feel like this song just belongs with this book, like it describes the small town feel to the book, you know?)
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