Thursday, March 1, 2012

Review: Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby

Shooting Stars
Author: Allison Rushby
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: February 28th  2012
Author Website 
Available for Order: Amazon|Barnes and Noble
Source: Borrowed 

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.

My Take:
Being able to sneak into places never has been hard for Jo and it kinda comes in handy when she needs those perfect shots of celebs for her dream to come true. Even though being a pap was never the end result for Jo it was just something to do along the way. Since it was summer she had the time to kill and getting those shots for the cash never had felt wrong. The celebs needed the paparazzi just like the paparazzi needed the celebs so that they will be seen throughout the world. It was until Jo was given an assignment that would end all of her paparazzi business and help her to her goal, which is of course to take the classes she needed for her career to take of as a professional photographer. But falling in love never suppose to come into the equation. Her target was the one person she never thought to see and because of money she knows doing the job would require he to leave her feelings aside.

If only life was that easy, getting to know Ned and the others is hard because even though she is on a time schedule, she can't help but feel guilty taking the pictures. If being a pap included all of this pain than whats the point in keeping with it. Jo wants out and the only way out is to have a plan. With Ned helping it hard not to follow in his plan right? Jo has so many doubts and of course the guilt eating at her, she must decide a future where she is out of the game or in it for a little while longer.

I fell for this because even though I know the job is ruthless, the pain to get that million dollar shot is probably the most dangerous decision ever. Because of her age Jo has a gift and be able to enter places paps dream about going into and because she has so many gadgets to help her she able to get the shots ever pap in the business wanting. I loved the fact that the game never changed for Jo and was able to see that even though money can help its not always the best decision to make. Plus Jo and Ned and some good scenes together and it was just wonderful to be able to read this.

5/5 stars

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