Everyone agrees that the paparazzi are the scourge of the earth. They're low. They're despicable. They'll do anything for that perfect shot. And yet...how long could you go without your Us Weekly fix? Meet Josephine Foster, or 'Zo Jo as she's called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo knows that the public-and the stars-have a symbiotic relationship with the paparazzi. She doesn't mind doing what it takes to get that perfect shot, until she's sent on a major undercover assignment to shoot Ned Hartnett-teen superstar and the only celebrity who's ever been kind to her-at an exclusive rehabilitation retreat. The money will be enough to pay for Jo's dream: fine portrait photography classes, and maybe even quitting her 'zo gig for good. Everyone at the retreat 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 ...
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 140 x 210 x 17mm | 257g
- 25 Apr 2013
- Bloomsbury Publishing USA
- WALKER & CO
- New York, United States
Advance Praise for Shooting Stars "With the perfect amount of sass, humor, fun, and sweetness, Allison Rushby delivers a delicious story about a young and spunky paparazzo one can't help but adore." -Lindsay Eland, author of Scones and Sensibility "More delicious than a celebrity gossip magazine, Shooting Stars has soul, wit, and a main character you'll root for all the way. Don't be camera shy: READ THIS BOOK." -Lindsey Leavitt, author of the Princess for Hire series "Sharp, funny, and very, very wise... A must-read for today's celebrity-obsessed generation." -Amanda Ashby, author of Fairy Bad Day and Zombie Queen of Newbury High "I felt like I'd been dropped right onto Hollywood Boulevard, amidst super cute stars and their spicy secrets. Shooting Stars is smart, sweet, and spunky." -Miranda Kenneally, co-founder of www.DearTeenMe.com
About Allison Rushby
ALLISON RUSHBY, having failed to become a ballerina with pierced ears (her childhood dream), tried writing instead. This has worked out much better for her, since it means she gets to write off her book and DVD purchases at tax time and eat a lot more than a ballerina ever could. She is the author of four teen novels and five adult novels, all published by Random House in Allison's native Australia. She Twitters regularly and blogs at www.AllisonRushby.com. Oh, and she got the pierced ears in the end.
Our customer reviews
SHOOTING STARS is a really nice summer read. Josephine appears to be an ordinary teenager. If you'd met her on the street, you wouldn't guess how she's making her money. But if you take a closer look you see that there's something about her that's more business and passion than average teen. She's got an incredibly fast finger when it comes to snapping pictures. She is sneaky and has all the high-tech equipment and ideas to give her exactly the pictures she wants to shoot. I'm a fan of taking pictures myself. Whenever I have time or find me on a trip, there's no way around bringing my camera. Without it I'd feel like missing a limb. That's exactly how Zo Jo (Josephine's business name) feels. She is a pro when it comes to celebrity photography. She makes a lot of money and earned some respect in the paparrazi business. In SHOOTING STARS we'll see Josephine in action. And in various tricky situations. Let's see how she uses her equipment to her advantage and against her competitors. I found the idea of a teenage papprazzo so funny and refreshing that I had SHOOTING STARS on my list since I knew it was going to be published. It has the Hollywood glam factor the business craves. But also shows the other, more real, human side of it all. You'll find out how business deals with the fate and privacy of single people of public interest, biding high sums of money to get the best stories and pictures before everyone else. Allison Rushby did a nice sketch of how the industry works and in how far it can change people, make them into worse, in exceptions better, versions of themselves. And because a good YA contemporary shouldn't miss romance, there is one in SHOOTING STARS, too. Josephine is paid to go into promi rehab to spy on Ned Hartnett. Take pictures of him and and so deliver the most exclusive and juciest story to a big gossip magazine. Now guess how's falling for that hot star? The love story isn't that dominant though. SHOOTING STARS is further about Josephine finding out what's important in life and in how far her view of the thing she loves most, being a respected papparrazo, changes in the course of the story. Also the rehab has to offer a few secondary characters that enrich the storyline. I enjoyed the mystery around Ned Hartnett's story and how his and Josephine's relationship changed over the stages of rehab. They do have a few very cute moments together that make you smile. But I would have wished for the romance to be a bit more encanced, the story to concentrate more on the romance than on the job at hand. THE VERDICT 3,5/5 ***/* SHOOTING STARS - Get ready for the hunt for the perfect shot. Celebrities, paparazzi business and Josphine Foster in the middle of a conflict between profit, privacy and an unexpected love. SHOOTING STARS didn't sweep me off my feet, it kept me reading though. I read the story in only a few hours and can recommend it to everyone who's looking for a short and sweet distraction.show moreby MissPageTurner
www.booksforcompany.com In Short - Shooting Stars is action packed with lots of twists. - The storyline gets better and better throughout the book. - Shooting Stars has much more to it than I thought it would. - I loved that I giggled at quite a few points in this book. In Long The cover for Shooting Stars is amazing, I love it! It's so unique and grabbed my attention quickly that I straight away had high hopes about this book. I wasn't let down! Shooting Stars is a hard book to wrap up, I wouldn't say it's an easy read as so much is happening throughout the whole book, your quickly picked up and sweep away into Jo's world that you don't have a moment to think about anything else or possibly get bored, no chance in that! The storyline grows throughout the book, getting better and better and more addictive. There were so many little twists and then suddenly the biggest twists which definitely shocked me. I have to admit I went into Shooting Stars thinking it would be a cute, witty and easy read, that it was but it was also more. I was definitely gripped half way through the book and didn't want to put it down! Shooting Stars has much more to it than I can say because I don't want to ruin it but as I said, it has a big twist in! Jo is a great main character; throughout the book I kept wishing that I could be friends with her, she is definitely the sort of person I could become best friends with. She is such a fun character who had me giggling at quite a few points in Shooting Stars but she also has a more serious side which has a big heart and really means well. I found myself wanting to protect her at a few points. Ned is a swoon worthy character, whom I also warmed too and felt quite sorry for. Final Thoughts Shooting Stars is a great, fun, witty, relaxing read and so much more. It was a pleasant surprise when Allison revealed the big twist that I didn't see coming. I definitely recommend reading Jo's story (Shooting Stars).show moreby Jodie Lane
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.show moreby Clean Teen Fiction