Shooting Stars - Review

Publication date: 28 February 2012 by Walker Books for Young Readers

ISBN 10/13: 0802722989 | 9780802722980

Category: Young Adult Realistic Fiction
Keywords: Undercover, Photography, Romance
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Netgalley

Kimberly's review:

Jo is the best in the biz. Smaller for her size, she is the only photographer able to get into all the hard to get places! She loves photography and while being a paparazzi isn't her dream job, it pays the bills. All that changes when she's offered a spot to go undercover to shoot Ned Hartnett, a teen superstar who is in a rehab center in Boston. The money will be enough to pay for real photography classes! But she doesn't expect what going undercover at a rehab center could mean to her, or how her target may steal her heart.

I really enjoyed this book. Jo may be young for her age, sixteen, but her narrative voice isn't. She's been through a lot. Her absentee paparazzi father jetsets between NY and Japan. Her mother is no longer in the picture. And Jo is basically on her own. Jo's journey through the book was natural and genuine. As she struggles with her conscience, Jo has to decide whether the job and money is worth the ultimate price- selling her morals to the highest bidder. I liked reading about her inner struggles to do the right thing and her thoughts on her fellow rehab friends.

The story was sweet, light and fun. Well written, Rushby allows Jo's real personality to burst through. She's a little grumpy, observant, smart and edgy. I liked how she wasn't perfect and didn't try to be. There was a twist or two I didn't see coming which made the story for me fresh and interesting. I wanted to know what she was going to decide!

Overall, Shooting Stars is a wonderful debut by Rushby. It's what you want to sit in read, in the sun, on a Saturday afternoon.

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

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