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Catch a Falling Star

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  5,863 ratings  ·  793 reviews
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. C
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Point
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*3.5 stars*


Summer arrived and Small-Town girl, Carter, sees her life change when a famous Hollywood celebrity arrives in her town, Little, CA. Turns out Adam Jakes is there to act in a new movie, a Christmas Carol retelling in fact.

Carter isn’t the kind to fangirl over actors and that’s why she would be perfect as Adam’s fake girlfriend. She is someone who doesn’t take much place, is calm and could make Adam look like the most adorable boyfriend. The only reason she does accept the proposition i
Ash Wednesday
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: College freshmen? The recently jobless? Frankie Muniz fans? Just someone.
Even Hobbits have to take adventures. That's how they bring back stories to the Shire.

I am flummoxed.


Bewitched, bothered and bewildered how this book managed to pull something off of me, a plot-twist of sorts in my reading habits. We often get disappointed and underwhelmed but it’s quite a rarity to start off with notes snarking on the cringe-inducing cliches only to end up halfway through not making notes at all and just paying attention. You start to take it seriously. You
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sb, i-own

Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it
3 Stars

Ok so here's the thing, this book has a super cute plot (famous actor comes to a small town and hires a good girl to be his fake girlfriend only to have them end up falling for each other) but that storyline was the highlight of the book, and I mean it was seriously the only thing that brought this book out of DNF land and into I'm-Trying-Not-To-Skim land. The summary of this book sounds so sweet and fun, but it's like I ordered a banana split with gummy bears, sprinkles and a cherry on t
V. PARENTAL GUIDANCE:  A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you
If you are looking for a clean, sweet read similar to Elle Kennedy's Jen Fredericks (The writing erotic duo behind Erin watt's name) "When it's real" but more appropiate for readers under 18 look no further.
Kennedy and Frederick write New adult but this book Catch a Falling star is for Young adult reader and it's quite sweet. I wont' re-read but I enjoyed it! It's far from being a perfect book or original but it's the perfect beach read.

This book is indeed cute, clean young adult contemporary r
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
This was far too plain for me. No plot depth, no character depth, slower-than-a-snail pace and just too bland.

This had so much of potential. That's the sad part.
Jennifer Madero (Boricuan Bookworms)
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This book was just what I needed. If you want Young Adult stories to read this summer, this is the book for you.

I loved Carter Moon. You know how there's always a small-town character that dreams big and wants to leave to some big city to start living? Carter is the complete opposite. She's happy living in her small town of Little, CA. She lives in the now and doesn't think much of her future. And if she has to, her plans are pretty simple. She'll graduate hig
Apr 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
I DNF this book because I don't think this was the one for me right now. I will try to re-read later.
Sarah Louise
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-adore
Sometimes you just need a satisfying romance. Catch a Falling Star is a book that makes you throw out the idea of analyzing the details and allows you to just sit back and enjoy the completely predictable, light-hearted, warm fuzzy feeling that it brings. It’s been a long time since I have been able to read a book in one sitting. Catch a Falling Star has the perfect additive romantic comedy feel that had me chuckling and beaming with each turning page.

The whole idea behind the story is a little
Ornella (Nyx)
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book mainly got my attention because every time I read the title I would start singing that song from the movie Princess Diaries. So I read the blurb and it sounded like a cute light read. And I guess it kind of was, but not good enough.

I just didn't connect with Carter. At all. She actually frustrated me to no end. She tried coming off as this totally mellow, well adjusted teen who had all her shit together but instead she was just so into the self denial that I just wasn't buying any of t
Gillian Berry

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Rating: I loved this! What a lovely, entertaining summer read. Plus, FAKE DATING.

I bought this book partially on a whim and partially because I just love this kind of fluffy, modern-Cinderella story. Blame Notting Hill. Blame Teen Idol. Hell, blame Camp Rock, if you want to. I love them all. I could read/watch these types of stories for... well...

And while this book is definitely that, it's got quite a bit more heart than I was expecting, and was actually way
Nasty Lady MJ
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket…

That song has stuck with me ever since I saw The Princess Diaries.

And speaking of The Princess Diaries, this book does remind me a lot of Meg Cabot’s novel, Teen Idol though that book was better written. It also reminds me a lot of the Disney movie, Star Struck, though this book was better than that movie.

So what does that mean for Catch a Falling Star well it was okay.

Not great
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Catch a Falling Star had an interesting premise. I liked the concept of Hollywood going to an unpopular location to film, and the idea of a famous guy falling for a regular girl. It's a cute story with some sweet moments, along with some scenes that made me cringe.

Carter wasn't a bad character. She was a young girl coming into her own, but with the troubles of her brother and not believing in herself enough, she made the decision to remain in her small town instead of going after her dreams. An
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it

This was an okay read. I didn't really love the characters but the story was a light read. It was slow and I felt bored at times. The romance didn't feel real/believable to me. I'm glad it wasn't insta-love though.
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review - What to say? I loved it. It's a perfect summer read. It's everything you want in a contemporary book, I don't know. I did love it though. The characters, the setting, the whole book is exactly what one wants when picking up a contemporary book. Personally I always enjoy the rich boy not so rich girl story line and the movie star/regular person story lines, it's some good reading and this book nailed it.
This story is fun and cute and it has the realistic more serious real issues that I
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I checked this book out because I thought it would a fun, light read--it's barely 300 pages and the blurb makes it sound like one of those typical, cliche stories about a girl discovering that not everything you see in Hollywood and the press is true: a lot of things are often fabricated, embellished, or a flat-out lie.

I thought it'd read like your typical fan-fiction you'd see online where you'd have a typical, ordinary girl next door given the chance of a lifetime to meet and, predictably, fa
tomato girl
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
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"There were many things in this world to feel small — stars, cemeteries, oceans. They relaxed me. I liked being reminded of being small, mostly because it took the pressure off when people pushed you to be big."

Was that really supposed to be inspiring?


I can't say I enjoyed this book. Although it had some really great concepts, I would have liked to have seen the author make use of the potentials it had. I must say, I did admire was how the author managed to tie in astronomy in with this.

Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, ya-contemporary
If someone where to ask me what type of stories/people always get me, my list would look something like this: fictional guys who seem like assholes but who actually are sweet and somehow tormented, guys who like nerdy stuff, stories related to films and film-making, ice-hockey players with amazing butts, funny guys and fierce female characters... The list goes on, but already from the synopsis of Catch a Falling Star several of the items from my list can be spotted. Also, since I loved both This ...more
2.5 stars

I definitely think there is a subset of readers out there that will love Catch a Falling Star, by Kim Culbertson. I just wasn’t one of them. I think the book had potential, and I really liked the premise and title of the book, but overall the story fell a bit flat for me.

I liked Carter. I think her reasons for taking the job as Hollywood star Adam Jake’s pretend girlfriend were pretty sound. I liked Adam well enough. I think Culbertson did a good job showing us that living a life under
Joy (joyous reads)
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I’ve had my fair share of stories that feature celebrities falling for the unsuspecting townie. Most of them have been really romantic. Catch a Falling Star, however, was as bland as they come. That’s not to say there wasn’t much to enjoy about this book. And who knows? Maybe it was meant to highlight a realistic portrayal of these type of relationships; and if that was the case, the author was relatively successful. But if you’re expecting to swoon, fall in love, and even develop a mild crush o ...more
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
Thanks Netgalley and Publisher for this lovely book! It was worth the read with the adorable chracters and raw emotions. It was a real kind of magic. The kind of magic that let's you discover who you are meant to be. It's the kind of magic that let's you dream and hope and wish. ~Full review to come

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I wanted something real yet magical. I wanted something that gave me a sense of hope. I wanted something fresh and raw and real. And what could be more real than fa
This was really great. It felt like a true coming of age story, about a girl trying to figure out her life and reconcile all parts of it.

I picked up because I was interested in the movie star aspect, but, in some ways, I was a little dissatisfied with that aspect of it. I don't think I ever quite got to know Adam and his motivations well enough. There were lots of hints, but it didn't really come together. But I did buy his and Carter's relationship as a really great friendship.

But, mostly, I lo
Kyleigh M
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I am not one for realistic fiction but this one really caught my attention. I loved the plot and storyline and would definitely recommend the book. It's basically about how a teenage girls life is changed when she falls in love with a movie star and they start hanging out. I thought it was a little sappy but overall a great book!
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book. This is my first contemporary novel I've read in a long time and I freaking loved it.
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maybe I'm just a sappy teenage girl, because I really, really enjoyed reading this! There were some things that could have been better, and there were some pretty predictable parts (although sometimes I like cute predictable romance stories), but I absolutely loved the "yesterday's sightings" sections. Some of my favorite lines:
"Maybe that's why we enjoy looking up at night. For a moment, our immediate atmosphere shifts on us and reminds us we're all part of something wide and far."
"You've got
Destiny Pace
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think that this book is very amazing. You get the point of what's going on right away. It is 297 pages long but is very worth taking the time to understand and enjoy it. It's about a small town girl and a movie star comes into the small town for a movie. When he comes she is the only one not very interested. But when things take a turn she is starting to get interested in him. When she startes to get to know him more she finds out the truth. Is their whole relationship built on lies or his he ...more
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, e-arc
Catch a Falling Star had a lot of what I really enjoy in YA books: Cute (and even immature at times) characters, a fun story line, and a dash of drama. All my favorites. This story actually reminded me quite a bit of This is What Happy Looks Like. And not-so-surprisingly I had very similar thoughts regarding this one as I did for Jennifer E. Smith’s story. The similarities are mostly prefaced upon the fact that both of these stories contained teenager actors, giving them a similar vibe.

Carter Mo
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I bought this book fully expecting it to be just another mediocre, summer romance kind of contemporary book. And if I’m a little honest, I really just bought it because I had a coupon, couldn’t find anything else to buy, and I liked the cover.

But for the sake of a decent review, let us run down the requirements of a mediocre, summertime kind of romance book.

A homely and uninspired small town girl with some kind of family angst? Check.

A male love interest who will initially treat her like shit an
Emily Rossiter
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
To catch a falling star is about a girl named Carter who lives in a small town in California. When a big star named Adam Jakes and a Hollywood movie production comes to her town during the summer, Carter catches the eye of Adam Jakes' mangers eye. Adam Jakes has a bad reputation and needs to get a better reputation. With a huge amount of cash, that Carter desperately needs, they are able to convince Carter to become Adam's fake girlfriend. But the media and Carter's friends won't think it is fak ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
Well, now. Catch a Falling Star has surprising depth considering the super star falling for small town girl formula it works around. It’s so much more than that! Mainly, there is an awareness of position on the part of both the main characters. For the girl, there is a kind of level headedness that’s different given the less than positive effect it’s got- the same is holding her back from wondering. And I enjoyed it for that difference, as well as for the unexpectedness in depth.

She is aware of
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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).

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