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Shooting Stars Paperback – February 28, 2012
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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[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
I’m a little disappointed with this book, honestly. It was just a lot more immature, or Disney, than I thought it would be.
It had a lot of potential, I thought. Jo is a paparazzi, and she ends up going under cover to follow this famous guy into rehab. There’s a lot of potential there. Some darker stuff could happen, but instead the rehab ended up just being a get-away where the people get through their problems, but none of them have ever really done anything bad. And then there’s a surprise with Ned, the famous guy, which I wasn’t expecting but did like.
I didn’t particularly care for Jo. I was even majorly embarrassed for her at one point, when she made a scene. Ned was nice. Jo makes a friend at rehab, and I liked the girl. But there wasn’t that much development for the characters, in my opinion. Not enough to really get my emotions going.
The problems with Ned, and with Jo’s father, were handled rather easily, almost in a Disney-like fashion, in their simplistically unrealistic way.
The writing was the worst part for me, though. It was just too simple. The descriptions weren’t that great, the words used were all extremely simple. The overuse of paparazzi/paparazzo got on my nerves really fast. It didn’t pull me in even slightly.
Overall, this was a really simple book, and I didn’t really get anything out of it. The only thing that sticks out to me is the surprise with Ned.
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).
But don't worry, there are still lots of humorous little bits and the overall tone is pretty upbeat especially the ending, which is of course happy with Jo reevaluating her personal and professional life and preparing for great things in addition to a romance.
Overall: A fun, quick contemporary read with a different kind of life.