2014 Contemporary Scavenger Hunt with Kim Culbertson!!!

YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt

I’m delighted to be hosting Kim Culbertson for the 2014 Contemporary Scavenger Hunt!  Kim is the author of Catch a Falling Star, which came out in April 2014 with Scholastic.  After you read the fun interview with Kim, scroll down for instructions on how to win a fantastic prize!



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?


1.    Catch a Falling Star has a great premise! Do you have experience with the film industry, or did you have do a lot of research for this?

I have very limited experience with the film industry – I taught high school drama for years and have written a couple of screenplays – but I really don’t have any actual experience. I have two dear friends who work in the industry who helped me with the research for the all the film parts. I loved getting notes back from them on certain scenes saying, “Um, this would neverhappen. Fix this.”

2.    What draws you to contemporary?

I’ve been drawn to contemporary most of my life mostly because I’m interested in how differently we all see the same world. I’ve always been fascinated with Point of View and this idea that we can all witness the same event but see it in completely different ways based on our values and personalities and backgrounds. Contemporary allows me to explore all these unique and interesting ways of seeing life within the context of our everyday world. The world we live in is such a funny, ridiculous, heartbreaking place.

3.    You must get a lot of inspiration and great insight into teens as a teacher.  What is something you wish people knew about teens?

I’m often caught off guard when people generalize about teenagers, when they start a sentence, “Teenagers always…” and then just lump them into this Huge Pile of Teenager. People often tell me, “Oh, I don’t know how you work with teenagers.” Um, with humans, you mean? Over my seventeen years of teaching high school, I continue to be reminded how each student walks into my room as a whole, unique separate person who has opinions and dreams and fears. Of course, over our lives we continue to grow (hopefully) and change but I wish people would know that teenagers are distinct individuals and not some massive blob.

4.    Do you write any other genres of YA or are you a contemporary-only kind of gal?

So far, just contemporary. I do love other genres, Harry Potter is my favorite series of all time, but I don’t find myself drawn to writing anything else as of yet.

5.    What are 5 contemporary books you think everyone should read?

I have soooooo many but off the top of my head:

Thanks, Kim!  Kim is giving away a signed copy of CATCH A FALLING STAR!  All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on this page.


Sourcebooks Fire published Kim’s award winning first YA novel Songs for a Teenage Nomad (2010, originally Hip Pocket Press, 2007) and her second YA novel Instructions for a Broken Heart (2011) which was named a Booklist 2011 Top Ten Romance Title for Youth and won the 2012 Northern California Book Award for YA Fiction. Scholastic published her third YA novel Catch a Falling Star in April of 2014 and she is currently at work on her next YA novel for them (Winter 2016). When she’s not writing for teens, she’s teaching them. She’s a college advisor and teaches creative writing at Forest Charter School. Kim wrote her eBook novella The Liberation of Max McTrue for her students who, over the years, have taught her much more than she has taught them. Kim lives in the Northern California foothills with her husband and daughter.





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28 Responses to “2014 Contemporary Scavenger Hunt with Kim Culbertson!!!”

  1. Christina R. says:

    LOVE what she said, about how contemporary is all about how we all see the same world differently. It’s such a versatile genre, and has such awesome characters.

    LOVE her concept for her book!!

    Lovely interview 🙂

    thank you so very much 🙂

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  2. Jessica says:

    I absolutely love the cover of that novel! And Contemporary is definitely my favorite genre and how you explain it is spot on. Great interview!

  3. Michelle Lee says:

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway! I remember coming across Catch a Falling Star on Goodreads and Amazon. I thought the synopsis of the story was adorable and overall a sweet book to read. Also, the book cover is very charming! I love reading these types of YA contemporary. novels. I’m really looking forward to read more about Carter and Adam! 🙂
    xxxcveaglesxxx (at) yahoo (dot) com

  4. Kayla says:

    I’ve only recently started reading contemporary but think it’s a really interesting genre. Catch a Falling Star sounds great! I’m looking forward to reading it.

  5. Mariah says:

    I love the cover of CATCH A FALLING STAR! Contemporary YA is one of my absolute favorite genres. Thank you for this giveaway! My email is mariah(dot)college(at)hotmail(dot)com.

  6. Anna Weimer (@lostbraincell) says:

    Loved the interview and have now added Catch a Falling Star to my TBR. Yay books!! Harry Potter is my all time favorite too!!!

  7. Emma A says:

    This sounds awesome! Thank you for the interview and giveaway!

  8. Kim Waters says:

    Thanks for taking part in the Hunt and for sharing this interview. Kim summed up exactly what it is I love about Contemporary! “interested in how differently we all see the same world” & “allows me to explore all these unique and interesting ways of seeing life within the context of our everyday world”- I was telling my computer YES YES YES YES as I read those, haha! 😉

    If the giveaway is open internationally, please enter me! bookishbaggins(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. Joanna C. says:

    I’ve had Catch A Falling Star on my TBR for such a long time, waiting ’til it’s available in our local bookstores. From Kim’s list of must-read contemporaries, I’ve only read Golden and Looking For Alaska so I’m noting the other titles for me to look into 🙂 Thanks for the recs!

  10. Ashfa says:

    I’ve been dying to read Catch a falling Star!! Love the cover!
    If the giveaway is international, please count me in!

    blackcapballistics at gmail dot com

  11. Dianne says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! I love this interview because contemporary <3 I haven't read all of your contemporary recs so I will do so asap. Thank you!

  12. Hazel says:

    Love the questions you asked, Liz! Like Kim I feel drawn to contemporary novels, which is why the genre stands as my favourite. Because of my utter adoration for contemporary, I def would love to get to read Kim’s book. <3 Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Yun-a says:

    Love what you said about us teenagers:)

    And Catching a Falling Star sounds like a fun contemporary. Thanks for participating in the Hunt!

  14. bn100 says:

    Nice interview

  15. gia says:

    I seriously love that you named the girl Carter. This book looks super promising and I really want another awesome romance to add to the list since I haven’t found one in a while.

  16. Grace Radford/Anna Pett says:

    Ahhh, I want to win this book so bad! It sounds SUPER good, and this interview just made me want to read it even more!!!

  17. Precious says:

    Hi! I’m such a big fan of Kim. I loved her past novels especially Confessions. 🙂 Loved the giveaway, Kim is really passionate about the contemporary genre and I like the way she thinks! <3 Would love to win her latest book!

    Thank you!

  18. A bad boy movie star + a girl not easily impressed + a fake relationship setting = GIVE ME THIS BOOK! I’m a huge sucker for this kind of story. I really really really want this book. 😀

  19. becca says:

    Nice interview

  20. Heather Buck says:

    I think you said the most beautiful thing about teenagers! Please keep writing AND teaching.

  21. Carmel says:

    I agree on the top 5 books that everyone should read… I absolutely love Golden. I should check out the rest! <3

  22. Breenah says:

    I love reading all these interviews with authors!

  23. Liz, thank you so much for hosting the contest and the interview!! I will gather up all these comments, drop them in a hat, and have a winner of a signed copy of CAFS soon!!

  24. #12 Hazel – you’re my winner…please contact me at kim@kimculbertson.com to arrange to have your signed copy of CATCH A FALLING STAR sent to you (US only). Thanks to all who entered! And thanks again to Liz for hosting!

  25. Cassandra Kirby Conahay says:

    Growing up, my favorite person on Earth was Jack Culbertson. He was my second cousin and we grew up together in Morristown,NJ. Just wondering, are you related ?
    Cassandra Kirby Conahay

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