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Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars

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by Allison Rushby

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Everyone agrees that the paparazzi are the scourge of the earth. They're low. They're despicable. They'll do anything for that perfect shot. And yet...how long could you go without your Us Weekly fix?

Meet Josephine Foster, or 'Zo Jo as she's called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo knows that the public-and the stars-have


Everyone agrees that the paparazzi are the scourge of the earth. They're low. They're despicable. They'll do anything for that perfect shot. And yet...how long could you go without your Us Weekly fix?

Meet Josephine Foster, or 'Zo Jo as she's called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo knows that the public-and the stars-have a symbiotic relationship with the paparazzi. She doesn't mind doing what it takes to get that perfect shot, until she's sent on a major undercover assignment to shoot Ned Hartnett-teen superstar and the only celebrity who's ever been kind to her-at an exclusive rehabilitation retreat. The money will be enough to pay for Jo's dream: fine portrait photography classes, and maybe even quitting her 'zo gig for good.

Everyone at the retreat 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 . . .

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
With such a clever title, the reader expects an astronomy story or a tale of guns or fireworks. Zo Jo, although young, is one of the best paparazzo that attempt to capture photographs of celebrities. The more scandalous the pictures, the more money sleazy periodicals will pay. Jo's father travels all over the world tracking well-known, camera-avoiding victims. Melissa hires Jo to get candid shots of a famous singer and songwriter, Ned Hartnett. Jo is thrilled with the $50,000 Melissa offers, because it will help her reach her goal of going to photography school. But Melissa is sending her to a retreat to act as a client and catch Ned in compromising situations. Jo feels guilty taking advantage of their friendship, and her secret cameras are not used like Melissa expects. During group sessions everyone is encouraged to confess his or her problems. Brad, one of the therapists seems intent on learning Jo's secret cover. She realizes she made mistakes not keeping her distance from the other attendees. Jo and Ned become close friends, helping each other through the survival techniques. Jo feels there is something different about Ned, but can't quite figure what. When he kisses her, she knows he is not Ned—he is Jake, Ned's brother. Through all the intrigue, her conscience bothers her, but Jake is also being less than honest. Questions pile up until Jake and Jo develop a plan to thwart Melissa, Jake's father, Jo's father, and the retreat counselors. Jo offers amazing glimpses of the LA scene, of secret forays into the private lives of celebrities, even into the temples and shrines of Tokyo. When she realizes this is where her mom grew up, she knows more about her mom's early life and feels closer to her. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
ALAN Review - Caroline Wilson
Teenager Josephine "Jo" Foster is up close and personal with the world's most famous celebrities on a daily basis—as a member of the paparazzi. Taking pictures of the stars to save up money for photography classes, Jo will do whatever it takes to get her money shot. That is, until she's sent undercover to a rehabilitation facility to photograph teen heartthrob Ned Hartnett—the very celebrity that helped Jo get her start. Suddenly, this feisty photographer finds herself posing as a patient in the treatment center, torn between doing the job that will finally enable her to pay for photography classes and her burgeoning friendship, and maybe even romance, with Ned. As she grows closer to Ned, Jo realizes that things aren't always as they seem—in her life or in Ned's—something that forces her to decide just how far she's willing to go to achieve her dreams. Reviewer: Caroline Wilson
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Josephine Foster, also known as Jo Zo, is a teen paparazzo sensation, working the star-studded streets of Los Angeles. With her short stature and moxie, she has a knack for getting the shots that others can't. But when she is offered a lucrative job by a sleazy journalist, she is forced to ask herself some hard ethical questions. Her parents aren't any help. Her father is also a paparazzo, working in Japan, and her mother is out of the picture. Jo Zo decides to take the job. She enters a treatment facility as a fake patient to take candid photos of a male teen pop star. While this book appears to be another teen-about-town-with-conveniently-absent-parents story, it turns out to be more. The parents are actually part of the plot, and as the story unfolds, Jo's stint in the treatment facility helps her gain perspective about her home life as well as her professional one. Throw in a romance with a hunky boy and you have an entertaining read that's not mindless, with appeal for pop-culture fans.—Mindy Whipple, West Jordan Library, UT

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Walker & Company
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet 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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Shooting Stars 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
CleanTeenFiction More than 1 year ago
This book was a fun read. It turned out to be more than I expected. I thought it would be mostly light, but it touched on some tough subjects like mental health. Jo was a paparazzo at the young age of sixteen. Being short and small, she could sneak into places the older paps couldn't get into. It was a fun behind-the-scenes of the paparazzi life. I assumed all paparazzi were pushy and greedy, but this showed another side of their story. I really liked Jo. Her ethical struggles and life story were so interesting. I loved the little romance going on. I wish I could tell you about my favorite scene, but I don't want to give anything away! It may have something to do with swimming laps in a pool, that's all I'm going to say. A quick, fun, thought-provoking read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was cute, I'm the type of girl that likes to see if i can predict what will happen but i could not do that with this one the auther did a good job
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
SHOOTING STARS is a really nice summer read. Josephine appears to be an ordinary teenager. If you'd met her on the street, you wouldn't guess how she's making her money. But if you take a closer look you see that there's something about her that's more business and passion than average teen. ­­­­­­­ She's got an incredibly fast finger when it comes to snapping pictures. She is sneaky and has all the high-tech equipment and ideas to give her exactly the pictures she wants to shoot. I'm a fan of taking pictures myself. Whenever I have time or find me on a trip, there's no way around bringing my camera. Without it I'd feel like missing a limb. That's exactly how Zo Jo (Josephine's business name) feels. She is a pro when it comes to celebrity photography. She makes a lot of money and earned some respect in the paparrazi business. In SHOOTING STARS we'll see Josephine in action. And in various tricky situations. Let's see how she uses her equipment to her advantage and against her competitors. I found the idea of a teenage papprazzo so funny and refreshing that I had SHOOTING STARS on my list since I knew it was going to be published. It has the Hollywood glam factor the business craves. But also shows the other, more real, human side of it all. You'll find out how business deals with the fate and privacy of single people of public interest, biding high sums of money to get the best stories and pictures before everyone else. Allison Rushby did a nice sketch of how the industry works and in how far it can change people, make them into worse, in exceptions better, versions of themselves. And because a good YA contemporary shouldn't miss romance, there is one in SHOOTING STARS, too. Josephine is paid to go into promi rehab to spy on Ned Hartnett. Take pictures of him and and so deliver the most exclusive and juciest story to a big gossip magazine. Now guess how's falling for that hot star? The love story isn't that dominant though. SHOOTING STARS is further about Josephine finding out what's important in life and in how far her view of the thing she loves most, being a respected papparrazo, changes in the course of the story. Also the rehab has to offer a few secondary characters that enrich the storyline. I enjoyed the mystery around Ned Hartnett's story and how his and Josephine's relationship changed over the stages of rehab. They do have a few very cute moments together that make you smile. But I would have wished for the romance to be a bit more encanced, the story to concentrate more on the romance than on the job at hand. THE VERDICT 3,5/5 ***/* SHOOTING STARS - Get ready for the hunt for the perfect shot. Celebrities, paparazzi business and Josphine Foster in the middle of a conflict between profit, privacy and an unexpected love. SHOOTING STARS didn't sweep me off my feet, it kept me reading though. I read the story in only a few hours and can recommend it to everyone who's looking for a short and sweet distraction.
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BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
After reading the synopsis for this book, I knew I had to read it. For sure, this book did not disappoint me. What I loved most about this book is the plot line. You have a great character who life is about to change through simply seeing things from a whole other view. I really adore how with each new chapter, Jo view is changed from what she thought she knew. She gains so much knowledge not only about herself but about others around her. I adored the characters. The main character Jo, did so much growing up before the readers eyes. I admire her selflessness in what she had to do. Even if it meant giving up the one thing she wanted. The minor characters played a bigger part than what I thought. I am very happy that even the minor characters played a bog role in the end. The love interest is one that will surprise the readers. The switch that caught me by surprised was a very good idea! I did not see that coming at me at ALL! Totally made me gasp, but nicely done. Once I settled into the book again, I was taken away by the love that grew between them. Shooting Stars provides a wonderful story with true love. Capturing the romantic essence mixed with great writing, the reader can fall into the book easily. Shooting Stars is an light-hearted story that anyone can read.
SammiiTX More than 1 year ago
Shooting Stars will capture your attention and make you see stars. Shooting Stars was and easy enjoyable read and I loved it! It was so cute and just what I wanted at the moment. It was the first book I have finished in 3 weeks. Every other book I have given up on because I didn't like them. Cover: The cover is what originally drew me to the book. I loved how the flash is a heart and she's at the forefront of the crowd! Which is sooo true in the book! :) Plot/Writing: The plot had a very good flow to it. The way the book was written made sense, it wasn't all over the place with random facts that made no sense to the story. I felt myself smiling and laughing as the story progressed. The writing was very good, there were some things that I felt were a little repetitive, but it made sense on how it was written. Characters: Jo is a determined little spit fire of a girl. She doesn't let anyone push her around and is set on what she wants to do. She has a very clear conscience though. Even though she takes a job she doesn't feel is right, she feels guilty as she takes every picture. She believes in what is right and in the end does what is right. The there's Ned. I loved Ned. He was so sweet and not to mention sexy! Which even makes Jo notice him. Which is a tough feat. He cares about everything and isn't afraid to show it. He is one of those trust worthy/swoon worthy guys that everyone wants! All in All: I really enjoyed this book. If your looking for a nice easy read then Shooting Stars is for you. 4 out of 5 Tacos! :)
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
Shooting Stars is a quick, fun read with a unique concept and unexpected twists. I truly enjoyed reading this one. It makes me quite happy when I think I know how a story might turn out, and it doesn't. If I think I know what the unexpected twist is going to be, and it's not what I thought at all. Yet, I was still completely happy with the story and how it ended. Shooting Stars is one of those stories. There's so many fun moments and fantastic morals throughout this book. It has a unique concept where our main character Jo is a paparazzi. And, we also get to see some celeb life. Combine all that with a coming of age story, some romance, and even some laughs and you get yourself a fun, enjoyable story. Also, I loved taking the journey and growing with all of these characters. They all grow in their own way and all come to realize things about themselves. Even family seems to play an important role in both of our main characters. And, family is important me, so I loved that aspect. Overall, I think this book covers such a wide age group that readers all across the board will enjoy. If you're looking for a fun, quick read... Shooting Stars is it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shooting Stars was a very cute, fun to read book! Josephine, or Zo Jo as she is called in her paparazzi buisness! Yes, a sixteen year old paparrazi girl. Hard to believe right? Well, she has the looks of a little kid, making this game a whole lot easier. She can sneak into red carpet events by pretending she has to use to the bathroom or has lost her parents. And the bodyguards believe it! Standing at five feet, she has a very good advantage in this all or nothing game. When she shows up to a A-list party, she uses her handy tricks to get inside the event, while the rest of the paparrazo are outside, panting like puppy dogs trying to get the best picture! When she is inside, her main focus is Ned Hartnett, teen-heartthrob actor! Hired by a big name company, getting the right shots is a big deal! Just as Ned Hartnett arrives....he faints! The fakest thing she ever saw, but it makes a good shot! Sending off the pictures to the editor, there is no telling what she might think of them. The next day, she gets a phone call from the editor, Melissa, telling Josephine to meet her at the diner in 10 minutes, no later. Quickly, Josephine gets dressed and heads out the door! Sitting down, Melissa tells her the news. She loved the photos and wants more! She is sending Josephine to Boston to Ned's rehab class, to go on an undercover assignment to take pictures of Ned! She doesn't know if she wants to take the job....until $30,000 are offered! When she arrives, they go through many experiences together and Josephine finds herself falling in love with this movie star..... I really enjoyed this book! It did uninterest me at times, but I geniuenly felt very close to Josephine as a character! Will definitely read other books by Allison Rushby!
Ashelynn_Hetland More than 1 year ago
I love when a book pulls me into its story and I don&rsquo;t come up for air until I&rsquo;ve read the last page. Shooting Stars did that to me, and I read it as fast as I could just so I could figure out what was going on. Oh, it was crazy how fast I read it&mdash;but oh man, such a great read. While Shooting Stars was addicting and a cute read, there were some problems I had with it. The first one is the author uses multiple punctuation to drive her point home. Sigh. I&rsquo;m not sure how this was allowed, but it was like nails on a chalkboard to me. An interrobang is a question mark and an exclamation points (?!) and they can be used (although sparingly, like exclamation points! <-- haha.), but when I see: ???!!! I want to break things. What is the point of all those question marks and exclamation points? The epilogue. Oh, that epilogue. It&rsquo;s just an update of what happened after the plot was over. Sigh. I could have really gone without reading it, since I was happy the way it ended before the epilogue. It&rsquo;s like the ending of Legally Blonde, where it tells what happened to everybody during their last years at Harvard? Yup. Those were really the only two major problems, but Jo sometimes talks to the reader, which kicks me out of the story. Not good! I want to be immersed in the story, forgetting that I&rsquo;m reading it. When the main character talks to the reader all the time, it&rsquo;s annoying, y&rsquo;know? There were some twists I never saw coming&mdash;like huge ones. And it was shocking, and even when I think back to the beginning, I see the clues I missed. :facepalm: Ah, well, brownie point to the author! Also, another brownie point for how well written this book is, aside from the problems I had with it. The writing was awesome and not overly prose-ish which works for this type of book. Hoorah! I wish things would have gone differently, especially when two people find out each other&rsquo;s secrets. It would have been awesome if they turned around and completed their jobs! Although I see this ending&rsquo;s appeal&mdash;just that I would have done it differently. (Also, whoa, that could have gotten dangerously spoilery. Sorry!) I so recommend this read&mdash;it&rsquo;s fast, addicting, and so adorably cute!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would definetley have a crush on you. Youre exactly like me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is wat is wong with humanity. Thir starting to care about how they look. Back in elemantry school i thought know one would ever like me but 2ish people like me. One even asked me out and im sorta ugly but do i let that get to me. NO!!! It not about ur looks its about the inside. Boys who like u becaus of ur looks need major lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have brown eyes, brown hair, i weigh 85 pounds. I've had a crush before, so you can totally get a crush if you want one. I'm also white, except i'm tall. Don't feel ba about yoursf. I'm goofy too. Hey, at least your teeth are white! Mine aren't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, just try to stop making bad comments about yourself. Humor me, it dosen't work as well as it may seem. I would call myself an Untouchable (like some people in India thousands of years ago). I would't consiter myself popular in any way, since i have only like 10ish friends. Back in elementary school, i would get bullied so much, sometimes i wouldn't talk. Whenever i talk bad about myself, one of my friends are there to prove me wrong. (Btw, there is nothing wrong with glasses. Matter of fact, i got jelious of my best friend because she had glasses and i didn't. But if you really hate them, talk to your parents about contacts. I have a pair, and they are awesome!) If you start to become depressed, find a awesome hobby. It's always fun to make fun of bad movies. Personaly, its drawing, 'cause you can put your feelings into a picture. If you need any advise, just post something on one of the warriors books, i'm bound to find it. &bull;~&bull;~Gemd
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you guys that helped. Lol! "Be nice to me, i might be hot someday!" I love it! I just hope my teeth staighten out naturally... oh well. Lifes life, live it to live it! Thank you! Merry late x-mas!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please. Clans are for cats, not dogs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found your hideout
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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