Title: Shooting Stars
Author: Allison Rushby
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: February 2012
Pages: 272
Series: none
4 STARS: I Really Liked It

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 Thoughts:
This book was a fun read. It turned out to be more than I expected. I thought it would be mostly light, but it touched on some tough subjects like mental health.

Jo was a paparazzo at the young age of sixteen. Being short and small, she could sneak into places the older paps couldn’t get into. It was a fun behind-the-scenes of the paparazzi life. I assumed all paparazzi were pushy and greedy, but this showed another side of their story.

I really liked Jo. Her ethical struggles and life story were so interesting. I loved the little romance going on. I wish I could tell you about my favorite scene, but I don’t want to give anything away! It may have something to do with swimming laps in a pool, that’s all I’m going to say.

A quick, fun, thought-provoking read.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: mild ( kissing )
Language: mild ( d***-2, h***-3, God-1 )
Violence: none

Buy it!

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Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Teen Fiction

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