Released: 28th February 2012
Publisher: Walker Children's Books (US)
Source: Sent by author for review
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 tells the story of ‘Zo Jo’ the pint-size paparazzo that’s in the game to pay for the photography courses she needs to become a world-class portrait photographer. She accepts a ‘dirty’ job spying undercover on Ned Hartnett, in exchange for a ridiculous sum of cash, not realising just how hard she might find being at the exclusive retreat.
I liked that Jo was working to get where she wanted in life, in a job she hated because it paid well, rather than just expecting her father to pay for her college course. At the same time, I did find her a little bland character wise; which meant I didn’t connect with her as much as I could have. There was a lot of repetition from her in terms of her feelings about the job, and while it was admirable that she didn’t want to do what she was doing…at the same time I just wished she’d gotten on with it.
Ned…I didn’t really see the appeal of. He was a little bland, and Jo was obviously pretty obsessed with him yet there wasn’t really much basis for this other than one exchange they’d had. I kinda felt like their relationship came out of nowhere; there was barely any conversation between the two or anything like that, it just sort of…happened because it was convenient for the plot.
The plot was interesting, especially once things started to get…interesting. I liked how Jo went into the retreat thinking she was fine, and actually came to several realisations about herself, her life and her goals. There were a couple of twists I really didn’t anticipate and I liked how everything worked out, it was clever and there were some valuable points in there as well.
Shooting Stars was one of those books that are enjoyable, but not mind blowing. Well written, but not beautiful. The characters are nice, but not overly relatable or charming. It was a fun read, and I definitely enjoyed it, but I probably wouldn’t re-read it.
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