Catch a Falling Star

The compelling prequel to Catch Me When You Fall.

A fifteen-year-old reaches for stardom as he slides into psychosis.

Francesca – known to everyone as Frankie – has scored the part of Princess Fiona in the forthcoming musical production. Even though Jamie Orange has missed out on the part of Shrek, he’s happy:

The day I found out I was a donkey was one of the best days of my life.

He may not be Frankie’s leading man on stage, but he can still try to win her heart. However, all is not well with Jamie. He can’t sleep, he can’t stop his thoughts:

My brain was still wired, racing around in circles or spirals or – gah, it was driving me crazy. If only there was a magic switch so I could turn it off.

Bouncing between exultant highs and terrible lows, what will happen when this rising star starts to fall?

Written by Eileen Merriman

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Description

The compelling prequel to the bestselling Catch Me When You Fall:
‘My best pick for 2018 for young adults, the standout for me was Catch Me When You Fall . . . it’s kind of heart-wrenching and really real and quirky and a great teen read.’ – James Russell, Radio NZ

Reviews

Paula Green, NZ Poetry Shelf ~ “Why did this novel hit the nail for me so beautifully? It is character rich, the voice of Jamie so gripping, the dialogue on point, the pace of the narrative sweetly judged. On the one hand, you are caught up in heart-in-the-mouth vulnerability and decision making; it makes you care and it gives the narrative depth and complexity of heart. But it is also complex because it is rich in reference. . . . Catch a Falling Star is a sad, contemporary, thought-provoking, must-read story that revives you no matter how little sleep you have had! The word I take with me is hope, the image I hold is two teenagers bonding over books and coffee. Utterly riveting! Utterly humane.”

Meet the Kiwi author

Find out more about New Zealand author Eileen Merriman on her author page.

Additional information

First published

2023

Format

Paperback edition

ISBN

9781776953400

Page count

240

Published by

Penguin

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