Last night I finished Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson.
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?
Okay. So I'll admit it. I'm one of those girls that loves Hollywood. I've always been into acting and came thisclose to moving to L.A. So I was excited about reading this book.
And yes, it's mostly fluff (although there is slight discussion of gambling addiction). But it was right what I needed.
Most of the characters were enjoyable. Carter was a great small-town girl who never wanted to leave. I do wish we knew more about the dancing thing, but that's okay. Chloe was a great sidekick. Funny and true. And Adam. There was more to him than just movie star-ness. But Alien Drake bugged me. I mean, I guess I kind of get it, but he didn't seem like the nicest guy.
As for Carter and Adam's relationship--I think Carter was good for Adam. Brought him back down to Earth. That being said, I didn't really see the chemistry between them. I thought they came off more as friends. But no matter. I still really enjoyed this one!
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
*FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher for a review.