Review: Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby

Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby
Title: Shooting Stars
Paperback, 272 pages
Author: Allison Rushby
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Source: NetGalley
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Book Summary:
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.

If you take a minute to think about the title, you can pretty much figure out what this book is about without reading the summary. Jo and her father are paparazzi who spend their time taking pictures of celebrities – Jo’s father is a big deal in the paparazzi industry and Jo is famous among the paparazzo because she uses her young looks to get into places they can’t.

Because of this, Jo gets hired for a super secret job shooting a famous younger star while he is in a rehab retreat. Except it’s the only star that has ever been nice to her, so she has to decide between liking him as a real person and completing her paparazzi job.

It was pretty entertaining to read about a young girl paparazzi, but I did have trouble connecting with Jo for a good portion of the book. I was reading along fine, but I didn’t feel invested in the story.

About halfway through some events twist and things get quite a bit more interesting – I was actually caught quite off guard by some of the developments, and I appreciated Rushby taking her paparazzi story and making it more developed and involved than the romantic comedy I expected it to be after the first few chapters.

Fun change of topic with the paparazzi, a little deeper than you originally expect, but not one of my favorites because of my lack of connection with Jo.

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