Catch a Falling Star: Carter Moon lives in Little, California where nothing too exciting ever happens. But that’s just fine and dandy with her, she’d rather live a life of comfort and ease rather than a bustling and chaotic one. That’s why she’s currently spending the days of her summer in her father’s café, and ignoring the thought of what will happen after high school.
Then Little gets to meet a bit of Hollywood. Recently a movie in production is using Little, California to shoot a Christmas movie, and the star in question is none other than Adam Jakes. He’s been all over the media for his bad behavior, and is trying to get back in the right light by being in a family movie. Of course that’s not all he needs for the public to like him again, and Carter happens be at the right place at the wrong time.
Carter doesn’t like Hollywood for all it stands for. Sure, she likes movies, but she’s never been big on celebrities as much as her fangirling friend, Chloe, is. However her dislike towards it happens to make her the perfect candidate for the roll of Adam’s girlfriend. As his agent says, he needs to keep up the proper image, and what’s better than having “Big Star Meets Little Native” in the tabloids. It would make it seem like Adam is trying to turn a new leaf, and has a change of heart. Even though Carter wants to decline the offer, she mustn’t. Her brother is in a lot of debt, and taking this job would help not only him, but the rest of her family as well. So with that in mind, she now has to hold Hollywood’s hand for a few weeks, but how hard can it be?
Review: I can’t deny, this was a really sweet novel.
I binged read this through the middle, and then read the rest in multiple sittings. I was (and still am) in a book slump, so there were days that I’d skip this book altogether. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the book or was bored, I have just grown very lazy as of late and been denying a lot of things. But I still liked this book a lot, it’s the type of book I used to read and would look for, so it was easy to enjoy it.
I was surprised with the writing style when I first started it out. I’m not saying that contemporary books have bad writing styles, but aim find them to be more simpler. This had the elements of being simple, but was more descriptive than I thought it would be. It set the scene really well, and it also contained star facts that you could compare with the events of the book. I thought it was a nice touch in general, and it was something I didn’t expect (in a good way).
The story heavily surrounded itself on the romance aspect rather than Carter’s problems with her future. I was a bit disappointed with this, because I know that the future is something that we all think about at one point in our lives, and that if the plot rotated around that, the book might have been more relatable. It only gave us a few mentions in passing and a couple of chapters in the middle and at the end to grasp Carter’s other issues along with the reason why she’s hiding away in the café. I wish there was a way to bring that part of the book out more, it felt like it was barely there at times.
Despite all that, I still liked the interactions between Carter and Adam. A few of them were a bit flat, but most of the time they’d throw around jokes and it’s be entertaining for the reader. It definitely made the book more enjoyable to read because of how they played off of one another.
Alien Drake’s character died out. I’m not saying he died, that would be a spoiler, I’m saying, like the problems with Carter’s future, he wasn’t mentioned as much as the beginning. There was some kind of build up to his character, but then he was demoted to “the side character who barely appears” despite dating the main character’s best friend who is there more than he was. He was first introduced as the childhood friend who Carter relied on so many times, but it was sad to see that neither of her friends made too much of an impact on her in the story besides moral support.
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There was also Alien Drake being jealous of Chloe making doe eyes at Adam, which sounds sweet as I’m saying it because for the fact that he liked his girlfriend, but it wasn’t really all that sweet. Now, I understand from Chloe’s perspective of fangirling, that she can’t help it. So sometimes I wished that Alien Drake would just trust her more, because she meant nothing by it (she didn’t, it was quite clear that she was still loyal to him) but she also kind of stared in a way that she’d forget herself and her surroundings, which was a tad annoying if I had to be Alien Drake. But they’re still together, they just were slightly annoyed with each other, and just so it goes to show: I still understand absolutely nothing about relationships so ignore me.
Now, I couldn’t help but feel like her brother was a loose end. He disappears because he says the place his mother wants to send him feels like a prison. But that’s the rest we get to hear from him. The very end is Carter wondering if her brother’s gambling will ever get better, but that’s only a possibility of an ending to his story, not a confirmation. If you thought hard enough, you could even have a short story or a novella based off of what happens to him. Other than that, he is the only character that doesn’t progress, and it’s a hit towards realism, but for the sake of reading, it didn’t tie up the story completely.
But overall, the book was still very enjoyable to read, and I’d recommend it to all of you who like sweet, fluffy books to read. I had fun with this, and I hope you do too!
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