Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Published by Scholastic Press on April 29th 2014
Source: Borrowed from Library
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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?
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 high school, work more hours at her dad’s cafe, go to the elderly center, back home, stargaze, repeat. Yet as the story goes on she discovers that while some people have trouble filling their minds with too many dreams and not live in the now, she’s been living for too long in the now and not taken that much care to the tomorrow. Her voice was simple and interesting to read from. She put people before her and preferred to keep things as uncomplicated as possible. She talked instead of fight, and couldn’t stand to lie to those she cares about. Which crashes a bit with what she’s asked to do once a Hollywood Star comes to her Little town.
The story was sweet, funny, swoony, all things I imagine a YA book to be. Even with all the growing romance between the two characters of Carter and Adam, the book also dealt with things really common in our lives. We often prejudice people by what we see, specially superstars like singers and actors/actresses. Not everything is how it seems and not everyone is how they make you think they are. There’s more to people but we prefer to be lead by false things like social media and gossip rather than know the person and judge them through our own eyes and acquired knowledge.
“We create our own definition of success or failure. You can’t hold yourself up to other people’s versions of things. Not society’s idea of things, and not other people’s. Your own. But regret… well, that’s a real thing. Take it from me. You should try things on, see if they fit you. If they don’t, it’s not failure. It’s a choice.”
I loved how in this book, the author speaks about following your dreams, any dreams. To try something even if we won’t be that for all our lives. We can’t lose the opportunity when we have it thinking we’ll fail or it’s selfish. No one can decide for you what to do or not do. But if you don’t do it, the small wonder of things will only grow in time to become regret and think all those What If’s at night.
There were also those random astronomy moments, I loved those! I love everything related to stars and the universe that I couldn’t help but squeal whenever the characters stargazed and said astronomy facts, plus the cool blog entries they did occasionally <3
It was really good to be honest. I loved every moment of this book, how relatable and real the characters were. From Carter’s parents, her brother, friends, to Adam Jakes and the whole Hollywood movie crew. It was fun, fluffy, and inspiring. Another great thing was that the main character wasn’t stupid and didn’t do slut-shamming! I loved every single simple and unique thing about her. Definitely a worthy pick.
Rating: 4 stars
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