Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson: For Fans of Jennifer E. Smith’s This Is What Happy Looks Like

catch a falling star cover by kim culbertson tweens read too review

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?

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own. The descriptions of the book used here were taken from Goodreads.

CATCH A FALLING STAR was a fun, unique read but, at the same time though, I had a lot of minor problems with it.

Up until the ending, this was a pretty enjoyable read. I didn’t always love Adam’s personality–or Carter’s for that matter. Adam seemed controlled by who he pretended to be and didn’t really seem to have a problem with that. He was also very on/off, which is noted by Carter–and a quality that was frustrating Carter was kind, but quickly fell in love with Adam despite not having any interest in Hollywood. She was also quick to doubt Adam, but at the same time I can understand that in a sense because of how she wasn’t sure what was real and what was fake at the time.

I liked Chloe. She wasn’t very fleshed out as a character. And then there was Alien Drake. Drake was great. I enjoyed his personality and the blog that the two of them kept up together. I felt like his protectiveness was warranted, but unnecessary. However, both of them were great friends and I enjoyed the support network she offered Carter.

There was another thing that I annoyed me. Everyone loves Adam in Little, but Carter doesn’t. Then she does. It’s as if everyone loves Hollywood and those who don’t, will. I, personally, am not big on Hollywood and I know a lot of other people who aren’t either. It’s like BETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg.

Overall, I liked this book. It was a fun, quick read that will be entertaining for both the middle grade and young adult audiences. I had a few reservations about the characters and the way this book was pulled off. The ending, while satisfactory, went back and forth many times before anything really happened. Personally, I felt that the way this ended was a last minute decision. I would recommend it though, especially for fans of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. 3.5 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 304

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