Review: Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

Posted 24 July, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Catch a Falling Star by Kim CulbertsonCatch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson
Publisher: Point on April 29, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 309
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge, 2014 YA Contemporary Challenge
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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?

Here Are My Thoughts

Favorite Quotes

 “There was a reason this particular story kept being retold. We all had our own ghosts who visited us. We all had these reminders, these spirits sent to warn us, guide us, awaken us to things in our lives. Each of us had people who reminded us of our past or pointed out our present, who illuminated our future path in some way. I had them in Chloe and Alien Drake, in my parents, even in my brother. And in Adam. They guided us like night stars, nudging us, reminding us that so much was possible.”

“Adam tucked his hands into the pockets of his shorts. ‘I’m not sure we ever truly quit the things we love. We might not be practicing them, but that doesn’t mean we’ve quit them. I think, sometimes, things we love need to go dormant or come out in a different form for a while.’”

“Parker positioned himself at a nearby table, a sort of human shield, his phone glued to his ear. The rest of the café had taken to sneaking quick glances at us, pretending to go about their conversations as usual, but clearly texting about us, adding barely sneaked photos of us to their Facebook pages. Adam didn’t seem to notice, though he kept his glasses on. He ate the bagel sandwich with a ferocious intensity, and people watched as if he were performing surgery.”

Why I Picked It Up

I adore novels that involve movie stars or anyone famous, really. And I love the cover and fake to pretend romances. This was just full of things that I loved.


“Adam Jakes stopped, pushed his glasses up into his tousled hair, and, for the first time, looked at me, a look that clearly said he’d rather be anywhere else in the world but here. I managed a wobbly smile. What must this tabloid boy—this fast-car, fast-girl, rehabbed movie star—think of the brown-ponytailed small-town girl standing in front of him? Me. Carter Moon. I had knobby knees, an uneven tan, a slow car, and the hardest drug I’d ever tried was an oregano cigarette in fifth grade that made me swear off pizza for six weeks.”

Catch a Falling Star follows Carter Moon as she takes on the job of being Adam Jakes’ fake girlfriend. Her family needs money to take care of a debt her wayward brother owes so Carter bites the bullet and takes on the job to get the monetary compensation. However, Adam’s exterior thaws and feelings start to evolve. But Adam’s filming is coming to an end and that means the arrangement is coming to an end. Are their feelings strong enough to last past their expiration date?

I really enjoyed this novel. It was well written with a great plot. I love the way that Kim spun the novel with the bad boy movie star being won over by the good small town girl. There was a lot of personal growth for both characters that kept the novel interesting. Other than that, the plot was pretty tame but engaging nonetheless.

Leading Lady

Carter Moon was your typical small town girl. She was sweet, caring, and selfless if not a little naive. She really cared for the ones that she loved. But she also had a backbone. She wasn’t a mess over a movie star like any other teen would be and she tried her best to stand up for herself.

Leading Male

 “I shook my head. ‘I don’t care who you are, you always have a choice. And you don’t need it. You love it. You crave all the attention, and you go after it even if it means creating huge lies. I mean, come on, Adam, is there anything in your life that’s actually real?’”

Adam had layers, which is typical in this type of story. He had his bad boy persona that he broadcasted to the media. But on the inside he was sincere and actually friendly. He had some things that he was working through. I rather enjoyed his character once the exterior was shed.


“‘So, shall we rehearse?’ I felt his breath on the side of my face. Heart racing, I pushed up onto my forearms. I could see the curve of my body reflected in his sunglasses. ‘Rehearse?’ As an answer, he leaned into me, cool shoulder touching mine, and kissed me, his mouth warm. I coiuldn’t be sure if the rushing sound was the water or in my head. Or both. Definitely both. This kiss was worlds away from the one at the Fairy Tree. Soft, slow. When he pulled back, he smiled. ‘Well?’ ‘I’m not sure if you need to rehearse this sort of thing.’ I swallowed hard, my body tingling as I watched him slip back into the swirling water. Besides, that hadn’t felt like rehearsal. That felt real.”

The romance in this novel was one of my favorite types: fake to real. It was well done in this novel. There was a progression of feelings that made it realistic. The two of them were from completely different worlds yet they were still compatible. I was definitely rooting for them.

Other Characters

Parker was Adam’s manager. He was hardcore, a bit mean, and very strict. But he eventually warmed up a little bit so I didn’t mind him after that. But he was a constant in the novel so I figured I’d mention him.

World Building

This novel was set in a small town where Adam was filming his newest movie. I really enjoyed the homey feel that the setting gave off. I think that it was the perfect touch for the character’s story.


Catch a Falling Star was a very well written and romantic contemporary novel that I would definitely recommend.

4 Stars
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