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.
This was a fun contemporary read that holds a lot of relevancy in today's celeb hungry society.
Zo Jo is a sixteen year old member of the paparazzi and is used to doing whatever it takes to get that "perfect shot". When she's presented with an opportunity that will provide her with enough money to get out of the bizz for good and enable her to do what she really loves, she should jump at the chance but instead she's torn. She's known for using her small size and young appearance to her advantage and it helps her get the job the done but with this one, she'll have to target the only celebrity whose ever shown her kindness - teen heartthrob, Ned Hartnett.
Jo expects the job to tough but what she doesn't count on is falling for Ned or discovering things about him that set him apart from the other celebs she normally shoots...things that make him seem, well, human. She'll also struggle with what she learns about herself and how that could affect not only her future but Ned's as well.
In this story about love, fame, and loyalty, author Rushby takes an insiders look at the world of tabloid magazines questioning where the line of privacy should be drawn and at what point should the public be allowed to cross it.
Let’s start off with the story. At first I was just kind of moseying along with the flow, not really invested, but still interested enough that I wanted to keep reading. Then there was this twist that kind of came out of nowhere, but raised the stakes enough that I was plenty more interested and really wanted to know how it turned out.
Then there were the characters. Jo wasn’t exactly likeable, but I didn’t really dislike her either. I understood both her quandaries about being a paparazzo (did you know there was a singular?) and her rationalization for it, but man, the girl could get some serious inner debates going. Sometimes I just wanted to be like “I think now would be a good chance to tell the truth, he seems like a pretty understanding guy,” but no, she had to waffle on about it for longer. Her indecision seemed a bit drawn out to me, but hey, I’m a terrible decision-maker, so who am I to judge?
Ned was pretty likeable, but nobody I was all swoony for since he didn’t have much of a personality for a majority of the book.
The Nutshell: Shooting Stars is a cute, quick read. If you want a warm-fuzzy romance then this is definitely something worth checking out. If you’re more into the deep contemporaries, then you probably want to go elsewhere.