Publication Date: February 28, 2012Review: Contemporary is such a hit-or-miss genre for me. Although Shooting Stars was very cute, it did fall flat.
Publisher: Walkers Children
Page Count: 272
Synopsis: 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.
Jo was a character that I had tepid feelings for. Sometimes, I liked her a lot. But other times, I felt like her voice was too naive or dramatic. She was definitely a unique character, though! The whole book was unique. It was original and cute, but nothing very memorable.
The romance was also sweet, but bland. Jo and the boy she liked (wink wink, to those who've read this one) were very nice together! They were adorable and dorky, but smile-worthy. The romance was a bit rushed, but enjoyable nonetheless.
I liked the underlying themes of the book. There's more to this novel than just the story of a teenage paparazzo. It's about believing in yourself, deciding what's right and wrong, confronting your problems, and finding friends along the way.
Shooting Stars is a truly heart-warming story. I think I'd recommend it to preteens. It may not have been amazing to me, but it could be fabulous for another reader!