Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

Catch a Falling Star by Kim CulbertsonCatch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson
Published by Point on April 29th 2014
Pages: 304

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?

I loved this audio book! It was captivating and thought-provoking. It explored the struggles that young adults experience before and after graduating high school, the uncertainties of the future, and the fear of making wrong choices.

Although it’s been nearly 10 years since I graduated high school, I was still able to connect with the characters in Catch a Falling Star. This book had me reminiscing about my own high school experiences, and pondering the decisions I made after I graduated. Funnily enough, lately I’ve been exploring and scrutinizing the decisions I made, and wondering where I would be now, if I had done things differently. Some days I feel like I made many wrong choices, and that I’ll never be able to correct them. This book really gave me hope, because it reminded me that there is still time to go places and do stuff that I’ve only dreamed about. This book made me realize that there’s still time to make sure I don’t live with regret, which is one of the big lessons the characters are trying to learn throughout the story.

I liked the ending of Catch a Falling Star, because it didn’t have a neatly wrapped bow. We don’t know for sure what the characters will do or where they’ll go. Towards the end of the book, the characters began to realize and accept that no one can predict the future, and sometimes you just have to take a chance and hope it pans out in the end. Anything is possible, and you shouldn’t be afraid to take a chance, because you think you might fail.

I liked the woman who narrated this book. She definitely sounded like a teenager, and was able to capture Carter’s no-nonsense attitude. On the other hand, the guy narrator, who I assumed played Carter’s best friend, Alien Drake, sounded like a 40-year old. This choice of narrator was awful and I was often removed from the story when he spoke.

I’m really looking forward to reading other contemporaries by this author, because she really understands the tribulations of teenagers. She doesn’t sugarcoat things. Not everyone had a happy ending in this book, because that’s how the real world works.


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