Catch a Falling Star

Hardcover | May 1, 2014

byKim Culbertson

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A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.

Nothing ever happens in Little, California. Which is just the way 17-year-old Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star-turned public relations mess Adam Jakes, everything changes.

Utterly annoyed, Carter feels like the only girl not buying what Hollywood's selling. Then Carter gets an offer she can't refuse: play the part of Adam's girlfriend while he's in Little, to improve his public image, and take home a hefty paycheck, which her family desperately needs.

So instead of a summer hanging out with friends and working, Carter begrudgingly poses for the tabloids but soon finds that Adam isn't who she thought. Worse yet, she might actually be falling for him. 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 boy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?

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A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.Nothing ever happens in Little, California. Which is just the way 17-year-old Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star-turned public relations mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Utterly annoyed, Carter feels like...

KIM CULBERTSON is the author of Catch a Falling Star; Instructions For a Broken Heart, a Northern California Book Award winner; and Songs for a Teenage Nomad. When she's not writing young adult novels, she teaches high school English and writing. Kim lives with her husband and their daughter in northern California. For more about Kim, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.58 × 5.79 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 2014Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545627044

ISBN - 13:9780545627047

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From Catch a Falling Star:At a small turn of the path, we came to a fountain under a trellis flowering with fuchsia blooms. Adam laced his fingers with mine, sending a warm jolt through me. I tried to listen to what he was saying, but suddenly I felt soaked in sadness.Adam noticed, leaned into me a bit, and whispered, "You okay?" I could hear cameras behind us, like tiny dogs nipping at our heels.I nodded, hoping to shed this feeling, so foreign to me. "I'm fine. Just tired . . ."Truth was, I was sad because none of this was real. And that was suddenly a huge problem.Because I really liked this guy, the version of him that broke through his cloud cover once in a while.I had expected to tolerate the tantrums of a brash, selfish movie star for a few weeks, smile, grit my teeth, and quietly count my cash, help my brother out, ease my parents' stress. Adam wasn't supposed to have flashes of cute and smart and interesting. He wasn't supposed to make me feel like this. Like I could float away into the sky. Only in the movies, right?

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Praise for Catch a Falling Star:"While the development of a genuine relationship may be expected, readers will enjoy every minute of Carter and Adam's revelatory moments and conflicts. The narrator's struggles with decisions about leaving home and the next steps after high school will resonate with many teens. The resolution is realistically open-ended but also satisfies those thirsting for a fairy tale ending." -School Library Journal