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.


  • I don’t have a strong motivation to read this one. Even if I’m looking for friendship and small town shenanigans over romance I feel like there are better books worth my time. But I do have this book on my shelf and I recognize that you did still enjoy it, so maybe someday I will give it a shot.

  • I agree with basically everything you said. This book was just “okay” for me. Great review! 🙂

  • I like a book that portrays family and friendship well, and I especially like it in the small town setting . . . “But if you’re expecting to swoon, fall in love, and even develop a mild crush on this celeb, you’d be disappointed.”<—–if that's lacking, what's the point? Those other things are secondary. ESPECIALLY in a romance. It sounds like someone tried to make a plain YA contemporary more marketable by lazily tossing in a celebrity. Thanks for the heads-up. I don't read a lot of YA, but when I do, I look for something like this. Now I know to pass 😉

  • Reminds me of This Is What Happy Looks Like. It was sort of blah for me. I think this will be reminiscent of how I felt when I read that book. But I think this one’s better as there was a progression through friendship between Carter and Adam.

  • Sabrinamk

    I wish this had a bit more excitement and spark for you. It sounds like a skip-able read for me after reading your review though.

  • It’s a shame that it was a bland read for you, Joy, but at least the family and frienship part was good enough. Hope you enjoy your next read!

  • Amazing review Joy. <3 Hmm. I don't think I would like this book. As I don't read much of this genre, and if I do, I would need A LOT of romance, lol 🙂 And aw. It doesn't sound good that there wasn't much of a sweet romance : Sigh. But I'm glad you still enjoyed the book 🙂

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    I prefer to have romance in my reads, I like the added spice in the book. Sounds like a good story though.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • Aww, I love books that focus on family and friendship, but I guess I’d just expect the romance to at least have some chemistry. Shame. I’m glad you still liked it somewhat, Joy! 🙂

  • Christy

    I’m fine with it not being romance heavy, but I’m glad I found that out before going into it at a time I would want that. It still sounds petty interesting. And c’mon, it’s set in California – of course I’m interested. 😉

  • I don’t know, I liked this one. I wanted a bit more interaction for the romance department, but I wouldn’t say it was quite bland for me. I did like that he was a more complicated kind of guy and not everything everyone else thought he was. I had fun reading it anyway. Sorry you didn’t like it more!

  • I am always a little vary of a celeb/normal person romances and when I saw this one around, I got the feeling it wouldn’t be for me. I love that this book explores other things aside from the romance but when a book claims to be a romance and the romance itself is pretty bland then… I am not sure I would be able to swallow it 🙁

    Lovely review, Joy!!! 🙂

  • Oh it’s too bad for the romance because that’s true we’re expecting a good one there. I didn’t know this one but I think I’ll pass…

  • The family and friendship part sounds good, but the lack of chemistry not so much

  • It’s sad how the book turned out to be bland for you Joy, but I like the friendship aspect of the book. Maybe this one isn’t my cup of tea, but I’ll check it out. Great and honest review Joy!

    Happy Reading

  • Oh that’s a shame that you weren’t able to enjoy this as much as you hoped Joy, I do like my romance in books, so I may leave this book for a while before I give it go. Thanks for your honest review Joy! 🙂

  • Oh no! I hate that this was bland. 🙁 I think I will be passing on this one. With already having a hard time finding really good books to read, the last thing I need is something mediocre.