ARC Review: Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culberston


March 30, 2014 by Alice in Readerland

Catch a Falling StarA 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?

Special thanks to the publisher, Scholastic, for giving me this ARC solely in return for an honest review. Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culberston will arrive in stores April 29th, 2014.

* This book was one of those light, feel-good types, which I always enjoy finding in YA.

It’s just so cute!

* I thought that the star-gazing blog post entries were a cute way to divide up the chapters.

* I felt that most girls will either feel like they are Carter, or want Carter as a friend.

I like you. Let’s be friends!

* Catch a Falling Star made me wish I was at the beach because of its California setting and because this book felt like the perfect light beach read.

The descriptions of the food were so good this book made me hungry.

Cynical Cindy Says

Here’s the thing about this book: it wasn’t particularly memorable for me and the plot line wasn’t really unique. But that’s okay! Why? Because it was one of those cute, fluffy books that makes you smile after you read it. It’s the perfect beach read or for when you’re in the mood for some light reading. So while it wasn’t a particular stand-out, I’d still recommend it.

I’d definitely recommend this book to readers who love the classic small-town-girl/Hollywood guy type of story (like This is What Happy Looks Like) or readers looking for books involving small towns, celebrities, contemporary books, or a light, cute read.

3 Teacups

3 out of 5 teacups

16 thoughts on “ARC Review: Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culberston

  1. Sunny says:

    It LOOKS so cute so I’m glad the exterior did represent the interior perfectly ;) Sometimes we all just need a book like this where it’s not life changing or thought-provoking or even the BEST BOOK EVER, but something to make us smile and remember why we love reading because it gives us another reality of sorts. Great review, Alice!

  2. I’m so adding this to my reading list!! It looks adorable, and perfect for just sunday afternoon read!

  3. Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary says:

    Sometimes you really need a cute, fluffy book, so I’m going to be putting this on my wishlist for the summer when that’s what I’m in the mood for!

    I love your reviews so much. My feed wasn’t coming up with your posts but I’ve rearranged it all now so they’re coming back and I’m so pleased! :D

    • Thank you, that’s so nice of you to say!
      I love your reviews too, but my computer/internet’s not letting me see your site at the moment, so I’ll try again in a bit. :)

      • Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary says:

        My blog has been down for a few days, so that’s why. The problem is my end, not yours! It’s back up now though – I’ve just been switching my blog host so everything’s been transferred over.

  4. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy says:

    I’m glad this was such a cute fluffy read! You conveyed that perfectly with the dog gifs too! :) I don’t normally like contemporary reads, but I do love stories with romance between a regular person and a celebrity, so I’ll look out for this one! Great review!

  5. DoingDewey says:

    I know exactly what you mean :) Sometimes I finish a book and even though there was nothing memorable about it, I really enjoyed reading it and that’s what really matter, I think.

  6. chelsea says:

    Looks like the perfect beach read! Adding it to my summer list!

  7. Bella says:

    Ooh! I like these light summer-y reads for traveling in the summer. I will have to add it to my list! :)

  8. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms says:

    Although not very substantial, I think this is just the book I need to get over a book hangover. Great review! Looks like the perfect summer read :)

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