YA Review of Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson


Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

Age Range: 12 and up

Series: None

Genre: Contemporary/romance

Print Length: 309 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press (April 29, 2014)

Source: From Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.

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? 

About the Author:

Kim Culbertson is the author of CATCH A FALLING STAR; INSTRUCTIONS FOR A
BROKEN HEART, a Northern California Book Award winner; and SONGS FOR A
TEENAGE NOMAD. When she’s not writing young adult novels, she teaches
high school English and writing. Kim lives with her husband and their
daughter in northern California. For more about Kim, visit

My Thoughts:

This is such a sweet book. I love so many things about it. The main
character, Carter Moon, is a small town girl with a big heart. She is
happy with her life and doesn’t want to chase the big city dreams other
people have for her. Adam is a complex, yet stereotypical celebrity
character. He wears many faces and Carter is never sure which, if any,
are real.

Carter does a lot of discovering in her story. She discovers a lot about
herself and about love. She also discovers that people aren’t always
who they appear to be, and that she can’t fix every problem she’s
faced with. Sometimes, they aren’t even her problems to fix and she has
to accept the shortcomings and disappointments that come with having family and

I really liked this book. I would highly recommend it to teens. It’s
clean, it’s sweet, and it’s insightful. Lots of young adults will be
able to relate to Carter and her journey.

Content: A few mild (very mild) cases of innuendo. Clean otherwise.

Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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    Tressa S
    July 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Yay!! So glad you liked this one! I have the ARC but haven't gotten to it yet. I'll definitely be moving it up on my list on what to read next. Love that it's clean too. Thanks, Dena!

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