Book of the Week

Catch a Falling Star

catch a falling star






Kim Culbertson
Scholastic Point
300 pages


Little, California is true to its name – small town USA and most like it that way.   After Hollywood arrives to shoot a family film, amazing and unexpected things happen when the agent conjures a romance-for-hire between a realist and their biggest celebrity actor to sell his good-boy image. Paid to follow the secret screenplay, the socially empathetic, private and honest tomboy realist, Carter Moon, acts out a lie but finds true romance not written in her script. The childhood prodigy star, Adam, assumed to be an out-of-control narcissist, chivalrously helps to fund and catch the gangsters swindling money from Carter’s brother. Carter’s BFF, Chloe, a hopeless Hollywood fanatic, kicks the habit and turns her attentions back to her boyfriend.

Just when everything seems to have been a success, Carter’s brother, John, given a free ticket to rehab and recovery, turns it down and disappears. Another BFF, Alien Drake, makes connections with the stars in the sky to people, “The other day, we overheard someone refer to a lonely period in his life as feeling like ‘a black hole’…he probably doesn’t really know what a black hole is. Because black holes are filled with so much stuff, so much dense stuff, that it’s not really about emptiness or loneliness at all. It’s about too much stuff in too little a space so there’s not even room enough for light to squeeze out…even though scientists can’t see them, they know where they are because of the way certain stars and gases act around the black hole. They act weird. Differentsometimes we all end up orbiting a strange, dense black hole…and it makes us act weird and different.” Carter, realizing that she is like one of the stars too distant to see but still important and with its own place in space and time, agrees to broaden her future beyond Little, but something even more amazing and unexpected happens.

A must read for those who yearn for a surprise romantic ending. Author Kim Culbertson, winner of the California Book Award, is a high school creative writing teacher. This socially adept fiction title is recommended for ages 12 years and up.


Kristi Halberg
Education Resource Center
University of Delaware