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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802722989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802722980
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,047,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


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 Lindsay Eland, author of Scones and Sensibility

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 Oh, and she got the pierced ears in the end.

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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, 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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This book was a fun read.
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The plot was predictable at times, but there were some big, unexpected twists towards the middle of the book that kept me that much more invested in the story.
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I really just wanted her to make a decision already and stick with it, good or bad.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Savannah (Books With Bite) on March 31, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Merin on March 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Zo Jo (the zo stands for paparazzo) is a famous member of the paparazzi, and is known for her ability to get into places no one else can, due to her age (sixteen) and her small stature. Her goal is to earn enough money "papping" (and this word annoyed me, because it made me think of things that were decidedly NOT photography-related) to be able to attend portrait school. Because of her desire for said money, she takes on a job that she doesn't actually want to do: following teenage heartthrob Ned Hartnett to an exclusive retreat near Boston and taking pictures of him from the inside. What follows is her own eye-opening experience at the retreat, not only involving Ned, whom she has a crush on, but also involving herself and her own life.

I have to admit that I was not the hugest fan of Jo for the first half of this book, and that was probably part of the point. I felt like she was being willfully blind to her own issues, and unwilling to face the fact that "papping" is indeed a fairly sleezy occupation. However, she really started to grow on me once the V-ball game happened (and even a bit before that), and I couldn't help but cheer for her as the rest of the story played out. Toward the end of the book I was even laughing out loud at some of her antics, and thoroughly enjoyed the ending; it was so cute that I sort of wanted to draw hearts all over it. The book is very much a personal journey-type story, and it did that extremely well, and in a very entertaining and interesting way. Jo was a very real character, and the author managed to portray her perfectly.

An ARC was provided for this review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By princess bookie on March 20, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jess @ From Me to You ... Book Reviews on March 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
4 out of 5 stars, this is an entertaining, fast-paced, fun, and dynamic novel!! It's about a 16-year-old paparazzo trying not to stay in the biz for her whole life yet she likes the money and a young star has a few issues of his own, but has always been nice to her, getting thrown into a situation that neither was prepared for. I really liked how the author handled the big twists this novel has in it!! I mean when Ned/Jake started getting suspicious about a pap being at the retreat center I pretty much cringed thinking, this novel wasn't going to turn out the way I wanted it too. However, I was satisfyingly surprised!! This novel came together better than I could have imagined!! Plus, it really helps that all of the characters in the book (not including Melissa) have truly redeemable qualities.

I enjoyed this book and I think you will too! I recommend it to anyone who likes YA romance novels with entertainment themes!

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