Friday, March 2, 2012

Review: Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby

Title: Shooting Stars
Author: Allison Rushby
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Walker Children's Books (Feb. 28, 2012)
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Goodreads Description:
 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 Review:

As soon as I saw the cover of this book I wanted to read it. The cover is just eye catching for whatever reason. It isn't even anything completely unique but yet it drew me in nonetheless.

The storyline for this one is different too, a paparazzi (and a young one at that) that falls in love with the object of her work.
It kind of made me wonder actually, has this ever happened before? Are there people out there, other than stalker of course, who fall in love with the stars they are shooting pictures of?
Interesting thought huh?

I can't say I felt any real connection with the main character Jo while reading this story. I couldn't even really say that at times I liked her. Her character was, well maybe just different. She had all these internal struggles with what she wanted and needed to do and what she knew was right and what was wrong and sometimes that got to be a little tiresome. I really just wanted her to make a decision already and stick with it, good or bad.

I know nothing in life is ever that simple though and it certainly wasn't in this book either. There were factors that she had to consider not only with her life but with Ned's as well and I have to say, I really do like where her choices took her. What she decided was important and right in the end.

There were even some twists and turns I happily didn't see happening along the way.

Overall I think this was a really fun read and a great first book. 


  1. Great review! This has been in my TBR for some time ;D I'll have to get around to it... someday o.O

    Beatriz @ AWWIP

  2. I heard this was kind of a read for younger readers, I am not so sure now, I appreciate your honesty, I think this is something that wouldn't work for me...

  3. Heidi I can see why this would appeal to a younger audience more than say, people my age. I was excited about this one so it was a little disappointing to have not liked it more.