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Kim Culbertson

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in La Mesa, CA, The United States



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Kim Culbertson is the author of the teen novels THE WONDER OF US (Scholastic 2017), THE POSSIBILITY OF NOW (Scholastic 2016), CATCH A FALLING STAR (Scholastic 2014), INSTRUCTIONS FOR A BROKEN HEART (Sourcebooks 2011), and SONGS FOR A TEENAGE NOMAD (Sourcebooks 2010).

She believes books make the world a better place.

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A special thanks to Ricki for this lovely review of THE LIBERATION OF MAX MCTRUE:

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Published on April 20, 2012 10:37 Tags: contemporary, teen, ya-fiction
Average rating: 3.77 · 12,464 ratings · 1,765 reviews · 6 distinct worksSimilar authors
Catch a Falling Star

3.83 avg rating — 7,367 ratings — published 2014 — 10 editions
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The Possibility of Now

3.96 avg rating — 1,590 ratings — published 2016 — 7 editions
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Songs for a Teenage Nomad

3.72 avg rating — 1,359 ratings — published 2007 — 6 editions
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Instructions for a Broken H...

3.30 avg rating — 1,362 ratings — published 2011 — 6 editions
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The Wonder of Us

3.70 avg rating — 730 ratings — published 2017 — 2 editions
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The Liberation of Max McTrue

3.93 avg rating — 56 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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“People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don't think that's true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world.”
Kim Culbertson, The Liberation of Max McTrue

“Instructions for a Broken Heart
I will find a bare patch of earth, somewhere where the ruins have fallen away, somewhere where I can fit both hands, and I will dig a hole.
And into that hole, I will scream you, I will dump all the shadow places of my heart—the times you didn’t call when you said you’d call, the way you only half listened to my poems, your eyes on people coming through the swinging door of the café—not on me—your ears, not really turned toward me. For all those times I started to tell you about the fight with my dad or when my grandma died, and you said something about your car, something about the math test you flunked, as an answer. I will scream into that hole the silence of dark nights after you’d kissed me, how when I asked if something was wrong—and something was obviously so very wrong—how you said “nothing,” how you didn’t tell me until I had to see it in the dim light of a costume barn—so much wrong. I will scream all of it.
Then I will fill it in with dark earth, leave it here in Italy, so there will be an ocean between the hole and me.
Because then I can bring home a heart full of the light patches. A heart that sees the sunset you saw that night outside of Taco Bell, the way you pointed out that it made the trees seem on fire, a heart that holds the time your little brother fell on his bike at the fairgrounds and you had pockets full of bright colored Band-Aids and you kissed the bare skin of his knees. I will take that home with me. In my heart. I will take home your final Hamlet monologue on the dark stage when you cried closing night and it wasn’t really acting, you cried because you felt the words in you and on that bare stage you felt the way I feel every day of my life, every second, the way the words, the light and dark, the spotlight in your face, made you Hamlet for that brief hiccup of a moment, made you a poet, an artist at your core. I get to take Italy home with me, the Italy that showed me you and the Italy that showed me—me—the Italy that wrote me my very own instructions for a broken heart. And I get to leave the other heart in a hole.
We are over. I know this. But we are not blank. We were a beautiful building made of stone, crumbled now and covered in vines.
But not blank. Not forgotten. We are a history.
We are beauty out of ruins.”
Kim Culbertson, Instructions for a Broken Heart

“You should try things on, see if they fit you. If they don't, it's not failure. It's a choice. But always let yourself have a choice, let yourself have possibilities.”
Kim Culbertson, Catch a Falling Star
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Stephanie Fitzgerald Thanks, Kim!😃📚

Nuzaifa Thanx for the add.hopin to read songs for a teenage nomad soon! =)

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Kim Thanks for the amazing review - I am so thrilled you connected with the book. Your blog is awesome!

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Anna Hi Kim,

Thanks for friending me:)

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Wow, what an impressive bio Kim. Thanks for adding me as your friend. I'm currently co-authoring a novel with a long-time friend that's a suspense with romantic elements. However, my biggest desire is to write children's books. I'd love to stay in touch.
Big congrats to you!

Danielle Congratulations on your book receiving the award! That had got to be exciting :)

Keep on pushing your book Songs for a Teenage Nomad any which way you can, Kim, I've added it to my to-read list.

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