Monday, June 8, 2015

Quick Review: CATCH A FALLING STAR

Hello! I know I promised to try and do more MG books, but I wanted to share a great YA novel. I decided to try the quick review format. Feel free to tell me what you think of quick reviews in the comments.

Title: CATCH A FALLING STAR

Author: Kim Culbertson

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Goodreads says:

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?

Favorite character: A difficult question to answer. I would have to pick Carter or Adam.

My review:

The light tone, snide comments, and plethora of references made this book an amusing read. Carter made a great protagonist, and I enjoyed her unique perspective. Culbertson did a great job of weaving in lessons and creating three-dimensional characters. Like most books with a similar plot, CATCH A FALLING STAR bordered on unrealistic and didn't have many major surprises waiting for readers. However, the plot isn't the meat of the book; it's the interactions between the characters that make this book wonderful. A great summer read!

Starred review: 4/5

Recommended for: Kasie West fans who enjoy humor and a sweet love story

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