Quick note before the review, the winner of my giveaway was Rhiannon Hastings! I shall email you soon, and thank you all ever so much for entering!
February 28th 2012
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 was kind of a surprise for me. I thought I knew what I was going to get straight away, and while I did get that, I also got a way more interesting plot and a really, really great cast of characters. Even though I could tell I was going to like Jo straight away.
The book itself, I think, had a pretty cool premise and I knew I wanted to read it simply because I've never read a book about paparazzi before, especially paps who are sixteen, and I just thought it sounded good. And while the blurb sounds a little cringy and all that, it's not. I mean, well it is a little bit, but that's kind of inevitable. The romance was there, but I felt it wasn't the main part of the book (though a very important part of it) and I feel like the blurb will give people the wrong idea.
The book, for me, was more about Jo unwittingly coming to terms more with herself, and Ned sorting out his problems, and was less about them getting together and more about them getting to know themselves (that's probably one of the cheesiest things I've said). Though the romance was, of course, a lovely touch ;)
I've already said this, but I loved Jo! She was full of attitude and she was pretty practical, and I could relate to how she felt about trust and being faced with having to talk about your issues and feelings in front of people. Whether that's a good thing, I don't know, but I got her and her sarcasm and stubbornness and I thought she was really great. Plus she had a lot of snark going on, and I haven't had any snark in a while.
Ned was also really lovely (you know my feelings on nice guys, and Ned was most certainly a nice guy) and I thought the whole story line about him was way more interesting that I thought it was going to be. If you've read the book then you'll know exactly what I'm talking about, and if you haven't, well, I'm not going to be the one to spoil it for you!
While Shooting Stars wasn't some great amazing book, and while it's not my favourite YA romance, it's still an adorable, funny and sweet read and worth checking out :)