Catch a Falling Star – Kim Culbertson

A little too kitschy, cute, and corny. This book got off to a GREAT start (the ice cubes! Hah!), but some logical inconsistencies and a far-fetched ending left a bitter taste in my mouth.

Synopsis

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?

Review

A little too kitschy, cute, and corny. This book got off to a GREAT start (the ice cubes! Hah!), but some logical inconsistencies and a far-fetched ending left a bitter taste in my mouth.

I think the problem was that I never came around to Adam Jakes. You can forgive a lot because of beauty, and in real life, I probably would’ve. But based on his book description alone, I don’t know how anyone could fall in love with someone so disingenuous.

The TJ and John saga was annoying. I wasn’t satisfied at all with the “easy” way the trouble disappeared, or with the way the root of the problem did either. Is it mean to say John kinda sucks?

I wasn’t compelled at all by Carter’s dance dreams or her small town dreams (the opposite of “big city dreams,” if that’s a thing). I wanted more FOR her. I find it so difficult to picture people these days wanting to opt out of college and lead a simple life. The world is so, so big. Step out of your comfort zone, for goodness sakes! I think a little bit of travel is good for EVERYONE.

This story had glimmers of good social commentary on Hollywood and fame. The ridiculous tabloids and their punny headlines. The wastefulness of filming a Christmas special in July. How hard work ≠ success. But this story barely scratches the surface, and I wish it dug a little (haha) deeper.

Related Reading

  • This is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E. Smith
  • Keeping the Moon – Sarah Dessen
  • Everyday Magic – Emily Albright
  • Cherry Money Baby – John Cusick
  • I’ll Be There – Jenny B. Jones

Rating: 1/5

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