By Allison Rushby
Walker Childrens, 272 pages
28th February, 2012
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.
- Goodreads.com description
Paparazzi? Yes, please. Give me that book!*snatches the book away from the bookstore shelf*.
Shooting Stars shows you a glimpse of the paparazzi world. Jo, the main character, is a normal teenager by day and a paparazzi by night(oh, you know, like Hannah Montana). Since her father is a famous paparzzi, she was expected to be the same. But what Jo really wanted was to be a portrait photographer. So when Jo was offered a job with Ned Harnett as a target and a great deal amount of money--enough to get out of papping and start to take real photography class, she had to break down her own moral code so she could finally get what she wants. But when a target becomes a person, she doesn't know if she can do it anymore. And things weren't easier when the retreat facility is rubbing off on her.
Jo was an adorable character! She's so sweet! And I like that she has the set determination in her. She sets herself in the paparazzi world to find her own money for her own class--to achieve her own dreams. I like her independency. She isn't whiny like most teenagers are(yeah, I think that includes me :P). Her dad(did I mention he's a famous photographer?) has to always go abroad and she was left alone with her cousin.
Throughout the book, you watch how she grows emotinally. She looks like a tough girl, imitating her dad's "It is what it is" words. When really, she's actually struggling. She knew her move of taking the big job is stupid but she really wants to stop papping.
If you want some light and good read with a little touch of Hollywood, then this will definitely be your book! :D