Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

Point | Hardcover, 297 pages
Publication Date: April 29th, 2014
Young Adult | Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

I’ve had my fair share of stories that feature celebrities falling for the unsuspecting townie. Most of them have been really romantic. Catch a Falling Star, however, was as bland as they come. That’s not to say there wasn’t much to enjoy about this book. And who knows? Maybe it was meant to highlight a realistic portrayal of these type of relationships; and if that was the case, the author was relatively successful. But if you’re expecting to swoon, fall in love, and even develop a mild crush on this celeb, you’d be disappointed. I know I was.

Carter Moon is not what you would expect of a girl from Small Town, USA. While most have dreams of getting out of dodge, she’s perfectly happy helping out at her family’s restaurant. In fact, she won’t even complain if she ends up doing exactly that for the rest of her life. So when a Hollywood Invasion reaches Little, California, she was unprepared for the tremor of changes the caravan brought about.  She also did not expect to be at the spotlight when Adam Jakes’ PR team saw all the possibilities of what ‘pretend romance with a small town girl’ could do to the troubled star’s notoriety.

Carter was hesitant at first; She couldn’t find any redeeming qualities to the teen heartthrob. When circumstances backed her into a corner, she finds herself in a scripted romance with the Hollywood It boy. In a surprising twist of fate, Carter would find what she wants out of life through the manufactured relationship she has with Adam. But the question remains, does she have what it takes to pursue a dream that she once put on hold?

It really is about family and friendship. Carter’s family is dealing with the troubles that her older brother brought upon their household. The only thing that boggles the mind is for someone as principled as her mother was, I thought she’d have more of a staunch objection to Carter’s business transaction with Adam’s PR person.  Her mother is a supposed activist who’d rather be fighting for the rights of whatever cause she deems relevant. In the meantime, their home life is somewhat in disarray;  the parental units seem to have given up hope that they can somehow save their errant son from a sure path to destruction. Carter Moon, however will not have it. So yes, knowing the type of person Carter is, I was not surprise with the ease in which she made the arrangement.

As far as the romance goes, there was no chemistry to speak of between Carter and Adam. He’s all sparkle and shine but there really is not much there. Though, I feel like their relationship progressed as it should since they’re practically strangers. So the basis of being friends first worked well.

Overall, I think readers will be disappointed if it’s romance you’re after. But the book’s strong suit is the friendships and the camaraderie in a small town setting.


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