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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 the Author

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.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802722989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802722980
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allison Rushby is the Australian author of a whole lot of books. Over the past ten years she has published adult and children's fiction and non-fiction with St Martin's Press, Random House, HarperCollins, Walker Books, Kensington Books and Harlequin Mills & Boon. She is crazy about Mini Coopers, Devon Rex cats and Downton Abbey. You can find her at http://www.allisonrushby.com, on Facebook, or procrastinating on Twitter at @Allison_Rushby. That is, when she's not on eBay, or Etsy, or any other place she can shop in secret while looking like she's writing...


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Format: Paperback
After reading the synopsis for this book, I knew I had to read it. For sure, this book did not disappoint me.

What I loved most about this book is the plot line. You have a great character who life is about to change through simply seeing things from a whole other view. I really adore how with each new chapter, Jo view is changed from what she thought she knew. She gains so much knowledge not only about herself but about others around her.

I adored the characters. The main character Jo, did so much growing up before the readers eyes. I admire her selflessness in what she had to do. Even if it meant giving up the one thing she wanted. The minor characters played a bigger part than what I thought. I am very happy that even the minor characters played a bog role in the end.

The love interest is one that will surprise the readers. The switch that caught me by surprised was a very good idea! I did not see that coming at me at ALL! Totally made me gasp, but nicely done. Once I settled into the book again, I was taken away by the love that grew between them.

Shooting Stars provides a wonderful story with true love. Capturing the romantic essence mixed with great writing, the reader can fall into the book easily. Shooting Stars is an light-hearted story that anyone can read.
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Format: Paperback
My Thoughts: One word to sum this novel up? Cute...

We are introduced to Jo who is a photographer. Not just any kind of photographer but basically she is a paparazzi. She takes pictures of celebrities mostly. Her Dad is also a famous photographer who does the same.

Jo has one big advantage. She's small and looks young. She can easily sneak into a place pretending to be a young kid, people wouldn't give her a second thought thinking she might be filming them.

She gets the ultimate gig. To go on a retreat to take pictures of popular heartthrob Ned Hartnett. This retreat consists of group meetings, individual meetings, and fun things. It's so people can deal with their problems. She makes a few friends and things don't go as planned. She has gotten paid a lot of money (and will get paid the rest when she's done) for these pictures of Ned. It's her job. And she must do her job right and perfectly.

Of course things don't work out that way when she starts to have feelings for her target. With the help of her friend Mannie and her new friend Katrina she must figure out what is right and wrong, what she can do and not do with her guilty conscious.

Let's just say this, its a cute debut. It has a few lessons in the story. Thing's aren't always cookie cutter perfect for Jo, and she has tough decisions to make.

I also wanted to point out, I did not see that twist coming in regards to Ned. What the heck? That caught me off guard and totally surprised me and that is what reading is all about!

I loved the romance in this one! It was so sweet!

Overall: Shooting Stars is a cute fun read. A perfect book for a late Friday night when your home alone while your parents are out on a date or there is nothing on tv.
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Format: Paperback
I saw a couple of reviews for this around the blogosphere and was promised a cute, fast read with a sweet romance. This made me eager for a weekend to curl up with this and just leisurely flip through the pages, taken away into a world of paparazzi and stars (I kind of love Hollywood gossip so this was right up my alley).

Jo is almost ready to enroll in photography classes for portraiture but she needs to pap until that enough money has been earned. As the daughter of a paparazzo and with a youthful face, she has some advantages, getting the pictures that no one else can. This generally works in her favor, landing her an exclusive offer to enroll in a facility with hot reclusive star Ned Hartnett and get undercover pictures of him. Although this makes her uncomfortable, the money is just too good. This last job and then she can leave the game to follow her photographic interests. Complicating her decision is that Ned is actually a celebrity who was nice to her, even giving her a tip for her paparazzi work. Once there though, Jo's conscience continues to pain her and she learns some secrets about Ned as well as confronting some of her emotional baggage. Together they turn the tables on those who want to exploit Ned's problems for gain.

Due to those reviews, I had some idea of what to expect. But the emotional terrain covered in the books was actually deeper than I had anticipated especially as we learn about Ned's phobia and Jo faces family hurts. I also thought Jo's struggles with conscience over this assignment were intense, perhaps a bit too whiny for me. She was not forced to take this job (there was no blackmail hanging over her; there was just focus on the photography course goal without consideration of other money-making opportunities).
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Format: Hardcover
I got this book: an ARC from the publisher in exchange for this review
Publication Date: February 28th, 2012
I rate this book: 5/5
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:
I adored this book- it's cute, funny and sweet, with lots of twists and turns you're not expecting at all- it's an amazing read, and I highly recommend it.

But it does take a while to grab your attention- for the first 20 pages, I honestly just read it because it had a cute cover, and it didn't grab my attention until about 20 pages in, but then, it held it and didn't let go.

I highly recommend this book, and if you buy it, you won't regret it- it's just so sweet and funny, and the cover is just so adorable! <3

And, as an added plus, the cover isn't just adorable it... *drumroll* does that rare thing where it actually looks like the character should, and echoes the mood of the book, since Zo Jo, as her nickname is, is half-japanese, sixteen but looks younger, and is in the paparazzi business- the cover says all this, if you look a bit closely, you can see the other paparazzi standing behind her- amazing, right? And the heart is just adorable and- oh, just go buy yourself a copy, this book is amazing!
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