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.
Shooting Stars fits into that area of contemporary fiction that is total escapism, the happy, feel-good contemporary fiction that you can just totally get lost in. In other words, my absolute favorite type of contemporary fiction, I absolutely loved it.
At first, I thought Jo was going to be annoying, happy-go-lucky character but we start to see more layers to her throughout the story and I really thing that Rushby did an amazing job in writing her. I loved watching Jo begin to realise that what she's doing is completely wrong and I also loved watching her achieve her real dream. Her love interest was a well written character and totally swoon worthy, I loved watching them get to know each other and I loved how supportive they were of each other. There were some other great characters, the angsty Seth and the funny Katarina and they were all a pleasure to read.
The storyline and pacing was amazing, just when I thought we were settling into cliche romance territory a twist was thrown in that just totally made the story more fun and I loved it. I also adored Rushby's writing, it was so realistic and fun and humorous and a pleasure to read. The ending was also amazing, no plot-holes were left open and there was a great summary of how things turned out after the story.
Overall, an amazing story. So far, the best read of 2012 and it will probably stay that way for a while. A fun story, perfect for escapism. It took me two hours to read and I could not put it down.
Overall Rating: A+
Released February 28th by Walker Books.
This copy was sent to me by the author/publisher for review.