Saturday, May 5, 2012

Review: Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby

Author: Allison Rushby
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Pages: 272
Read in: 2 days

Meet Josephine Foster, or Zo Jo as she’s called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo doesn’t mind doing what it takes to get that perfect shot, until she’s sent on an undercover assignment to shoot Ned Hartnett—teen superstar and the only celebrity who’s ever been kind to her—at an exclusive rehabilitation retreat in Boston. The money will be enough to pay for Jo’s dream: real photography classes, and maybe even quitting her paparazzi gig for good. Everyone wants to know what Ned’s in for. But Jo certainly doesn’t know what she’s in for: falling in love with Ned was never supposed to be part of her assignment.

A Teenager's Perspective:

Ever have that feeling that somewhere, something went wrong? You can't really pick up on what it is exactly, but you KNOW something is wrong somewhere. Well, that's the same feeling Josephine Taylor (Jo) is having. Jo lives in LA with her father. Yes, you heard me right, LA! Home of the many stars, and A-list celebrities, that we drool over —we, as in everyone of course, not just us... Like any ordinary girl living in LA, she has hopes, and dreams, that will guide her along the way to her ultimate goal. But there's one thing different about Jo - she's a paparazzi.

Her dad, the King of paparazzi, has his reputation for knowing where, when, how every star living in LA, or once living in LA, has fallen out. Living up to the huge reputation, is a big deal. However, Jo has no problem passing any star, or photographer who gets in her way. Her wit, sharp thinking, and of course, short height allows her to sneak into V.I.P venues, without anyone noticing her. Nothing gets in her way, except —except Ned, of course.

Who's Ned? Only the most A-listed celebrity in LA. Singer, song-writer, HOT, is all he needs to have every girl that looks his way, tripping over themselves. Jo is partially immune to this charm, but even Jo can't deny his good-looks. Out of all the stars who've shoved her, kicked her, spit on her, or scratched her, Ned was the one who helped her up. Not that she "needed" the help, but him caring, was what grounded her. She can't deny the connection she feels when she's around him. But, she'll have to. Her next job, is to get some, no doubt, incriminating photos of her BELOVED Ned. The catch? A large some of money, that could help pay for the photography classes she's been hoping to take after school.

As Jo gets dirtier, and sneakier, she begins to have this feeling. A feeling of disgust, each time she snaps a picture of a star without them knowing. But, she has no choice right? Besides, it's just for awhile, until she makes enough cash to pay for a photography classes. Then she can really drop the whole paparazzi act, and become what she really wants to be — a portrait photographer. However, as Jo goes deeper, and deeper into the game, she begins to realize she needs to get out soon. Now Jo has to make a decision on whether she will keep taking these photos, or drop the whole act, and take the higher road. Ned obviously helps in leaning her decision to the right side, but the money she's being offered might just drive her off the edge.

We really like Shooting Stars. It was a really quick read, that we finished in 1 day. The storyline was cute, and to-the-point. We loved her strong-willed character, and that just added on to the long list of reasons why we like Shooting Stars. We felt like there should have been a scene, where Jo met Ned's controlling dad. THAT would have had us on our toes, but it didn't make the novel bad, it just would've made it ... better. So, what did you guys think? Stop, drop, and read?



  1. Hi! Just read your message from BookBlogs! Thanks for the welcome =)
    I love your blog and I am a follower. Can't wait to see what you will review next!

    Come by my blog sometimes?

  2. Hey,

    No problem, and thanks for the follow. We are now following you back. Thanks again (:

  3. New follower :) Shooting Stars sounds great, I hadn't heard of it before your review!!

  4. Hey Carole,

    Thanks for the follow (: Yes, we just saw it on our Dashboard one day, and figured "What the hell?" It's not a very popular book, but it is recent.

  5. Paparazzi? Sounds cool to me! I am expecting a bittersweet romance hmm...

    Thanks for dropping by my blog, am a new follower now! :)


  6. Thanks for stopping by,and for the follow. It was definitely bittersweet!Read it, for sure.

  7. Lovely review :) I have Shooting Stars on my TBR pile, but now it has elevated to the top! Ned sounds wonderful, hope he and Jo end up together! *cross fingers and pray*

    Your blog design is really pretty! Staying tuned :)

    Drop by mine @ (would love to see you guys there!)

  8. Hi! Thanks for your comment to me on my page, I'm glad you gave me the link to this blog because it's fab!! I really want to read this, and it's on my TBR pile. Anyway, new follower. Hope you can stop by my blog. :)

    Jessica x

  9. Hey Sel,
    Thank you! Definitely a to-read. It was a little slow at first, so we wouldn't COMPLETELY rush. But overall, it was a "if-you-have-time-read."

  10. Hey Jessica,
    No problem! Aww, thank you. Definitely read it. Short, cute read, and quick read. Oh we definitely will be stooping by your blog, no doubt (: