Age Range: 12 and up
Print Length: 309 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (April 29, 2014)
Source: From Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
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?
About the Author:
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, visit www.kimculbertson.com.
This is such a sweet book. I love so many things about it. The main character, Carter Moon, is a small town girl with a big heart. She is happy with her life and doesn't want to chase the big city dreams other people have for her. Adam is a complex, yet stereotypical celebrity character. He wears many faces and Carter is never sure which, if any, are real.
Carter does a lot of discovering in her story. She discovers a lot about herself and about love. She also discovers that people aren't always who they appear to be, and that she can't fix every problem she's faced with. Sometimes, they aren't even her problems to fix and she has to accept the shortcomings and disappointments that come with having family and friends.
I really liked this book. I would highly recommend it to teens. It's clean, it's sweet, and it's insightful. Lots of young adults will be able to relate to Carter and her journey.
Content: A few mild (very mild) cases of innuendo. Clean otherwise.
Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.