Catch a Falling Star
By Kim Culbertson
Point, Scholastic Inc., 2014, Ages 12-17
Carter Moon lives in Little, California and is completely content with
her quiet, rarely interesting life.
The author wrote in a very fun way that was also extremely easy to
relate to for the audience. It was written in first person, through the eyes
of Carter Moon, which I really liked. This aspect made it easier to see
things the way Carter did, and it gave us
insight we might not have gotten had it been in the third person style. The
theme of the book was pretty generic in my eyes, but the storyline was
fun and I found myself flying through the pages.
But when Hollywood actor and teenage
heartthrob Adam Jakes comes to town to film one of his movies,
everything about Carter's life changes — she just
doesn't know if it's for the better or not. Every girl in Little is
screaming and clawing to get to see Adam, everyone but Carter that is.
She finds it annoying actually, which makes her the perfect girl in
Adam's eyes... well, only for pretend though. Wanting
to improve his public image, Adam hires Carter to be his fake girlfriend
while he's in town, and for the sake of Carter's misguided brother who
has left their family with money problems, Carter accepts the proposal.
As the two grow closer and spend more time
together, neither is who the other thought they would turn out to be.
Lines are crossed, and become blurred between what's actually real, and
what's just for the cameras sake. Can Carter figure out what she wants
to do with the rest of her life, and does that
include Adam Jakes?
There are no illustrations in this book except for on the front
cover. It shows a young girl sitting outside at night looking out at a
beautiful sunset and sky. The title "Catch a Falling Star" is in big,
blue text and symbolizes Carter herself when she
pretty much literally "catches" a star, in Adam Jakes.
I personally enjoyed this book, but I am a hopeless romantic, I must confess. The plot of the story is pretty cheesy; Hollywood actor
meets small town girl and they fall in love, but it worked for me. I
would recommend this to others, but probably
not for college and high school kids. It's more of a young adult book,
but if you're just looking for a casual read anybody can definitely read
Reviewed by Kara Allison