Monday, March 5, 2012

Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby

Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby.
Publisher: Walker Childrens.
Pages: 272.
Release Date: February 28th, 2012.
Source: NetGalley.
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.

Shooting Stars is really the best of both worlds when it comes to books. It's all sorts of cute and adorable and entertaining but still successfully tells an emotional story. I was thoroughly charmed by the quirky characters and genuinely interested in the plot at the same time.

I could totally see this as a DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movie) and I mean that in the best way possible. It's so upbeat and lighthearted and it seemed like I was always smiling, but it never felt too cheesy because it had an authentic seriousness when the story called for it.

I loved the cast of characters. Jo - even though she agrees to do something extraordinarily despicable - was such a fun protagonist to follow. She's snarky, easily annoyed and I found myself laughing at her inner monologue quite a bit. But what I admired most is that there is an underlying progression to her character as she attends the rehabilitation retreat. When we're first introduced to her, her opinions on what is right/wrong is very blurred. I'm not sure if it was intentional or not, but I was really glad that the rehabilitation retreat served a larger purpose than the "sneaky papparazi" aspect to the plot.

And I always appreciate a book that can surprise me. There is a large plot twist that I definitely was not expecting. It's not random and it's absolutely beneficial to the story. I love that the author was able to shock me like that.

Overall, Shooting Stars is what I call a "get happy" book; a light, fun novel that you can trust to make you smile. I definitely recommend this to contemporary lovers and anybody in need of a great pick-me-up!

Other reviews for Shooting Stars:
Pretty In Fiction.
Shortie Says.
The Book Addicted Girl.
Ink Scratchers.


  1. Hehe, great minds think alike because that's exactly what I thought. About the Disney Movie Make potential. The dry humor and the main character really made this a fun read!


  2. Sometimes, this type of book is JUST what we need.

  3. When I first saw this book I though it would be cheezy... but I've been hearing great things about it so far! Thanks for the review! :)

  4. I really liked Shooting Stars as well, and I agree with Lisa that fun, easy reads like this one are needed some times:)

  5. I was not expecting that twist either and it really added a lot to the book; this was a great contemporary read for a lazy afternoon.