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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Catch A Falling Star is a work of dramatic literary fiction penned by author Keith Julius, and forms book one of The CASA Chronicles. Written for adults, the acronym of the series’ title stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, in this case the dutiful Beverly Stone. Beverly is appointed to help heroin addict Aleisha Turner, a young woman and mother of three who is desperate to escape the vicious trap of drug addiction and return to a normal life with her family. In her CASA capacity, Beverly explores the world of the inner city and learns something about herself and American culture along the way.
Though we see these issues on television sometimes, or in sensationalized crime fiction, I have never encountered a book so open and frank about drug addiction as Catch A Falling Star. Aleisha Turner is both hero and victim in this tale, written with great compassion and depth, for whom any audience is sure to have great sympathy, but also be able to understand how she ended up in her predicament. Beverly Stone begins the tale as a proper, officious woman determined to do her job, and the lessons she learns on her personal journey mirror the reader’s own discovery experience beautifully. Keith Julius writes with fluid prose and authentic dialogue for inner city America, bringing to life the literal highs and lows with poignant clarity. Overall, I would recommend Catch A Falling Star as a story that everyone should experience: a real opportunity to live someone else’s struggle authentically.