Author: Kim Culbertson
Publisher: Scholastic Press, 304 pages
Expected Publication Date: April 29, 2014
*ARC received from publisher via NetGalley
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?
I liked this book, it was a cute, light read. Although Carter loves movies, she doesn't love Hollywood. So when movie star Adam Jakes comes to town, Carter's not that impressed. He needs to work on his image (just coming out of rehab after dumping his beloved movie star girlfriend) so his agent hires Carter to pretend to be his girlfriend since she's got this whole small-town sweet girl thing going on. I did like the opposites attract storyline, but for some reason I never really connected with the characters. I wanted more banter and tension, but instead Carter is just so nice. Even in the beginning, when Adam acts like a complete jerk, she thinks about good comebacks but she keeps them to herself. And Adam…for some reason I just wasn't feeling it. He was fine, but not swoony. So while the romance was sweet, I wasn't really invested in it.
Posted by: Pam