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Shooting Stars

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  3,737 ratings  ·  298 reviews
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 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
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Walker Childrens
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Was this bad luck? I think so. My vanillas have gone rancid. I can stop writing this review and copy/paste the one I wrote for The Summer My Life Began.

In this one, we have Josephine, a.k.a. Jo Zo, a 16-year-old paparazz(a). Daughter of a famous paparazzo, student by day, celebrity stalker by night. She's young, tiny and can sneak in where no other photographer can go. When she gets an assignment to stalk the latest teen heartthrob, Ned Hartnett, while he's on retreat/rehab for "
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This book as a film: A Discussion.
Or Jo gets hypothetical and reveals far too much about herself.

First Scenario
Mr Harnett, the love interest of this book, would be played by Justin Beiber or one of the lads from One Direction/The Wanted. Their face would be plastered all over the world and they would be trending on Twitter. What? I know, I’m being stupid. One Direction trending on Twitter? Gettouttatown! I would vow never to leave the house/put the TV on/open my eyes until everyone had calmed do
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I thought it would be a boring teenage novel, but glad on interesting plot twist from the middle towards the end. Enjoyable lite reading.
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Josephine Foster or Zo Jo. The best pint-sized photographer of them all.

She is a sixteen year-old paparazzo. She loves the rush of snapping elusive shots of celebrities and because of her age and size, she's able to go to places and get the pictures no else can. She takes her job to another level by accepting a job that requires her to enter a retreat facility to keep an eye and get pictures of the famous singer and teen sensation Ned Hartnett, but she ends up discovering more about him than she
Oct 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I love the idea for this book - it's so unique! The cover is adorable too. I've never read anything about papparazi before, and it's so far away from my own life, but it sounds really interesting to read about. And while I did love the plot, I thought the characters and writing were lacking, and felt somewhat removed from the whole story.

Even though the idea is great, the plot sounds pretty predictable. It's the kind of plot where you think you have it all figured out before you even start the b
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm going to briefly share my thoughts on this book. I'm not very eloquent when it comes to writing reviews!

Anyway, first things first - if you can ignore some of the farfetchedness of the main character's situation, you'll probably like this book. The main character, Josephine (or 'Zo Jo'), is a 16-year-old paparazzo from LA, who basically lives independently whilst her Aussie dad is working in Japan. She gets a job to go undercover at a retreat in Boston in order to snap pictures of Ned Hartne
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How often do you get to read a book about paparazzi? A 16 years old girl paparazzo? I would say never. After reading the synopsis, my first reaction was this should be interesting. And it was. Very interesting, indeed. I loved it. It was a fun, easy, quick contemporary book--I was able to read it in one day.

Josephine or Jo is a very likable character. I really like her. She’s quirky, fun, and sweet girl with a goal to be a professional portrait photographer. She might not always like what she do
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Now I have this little thing that stops me from completely, one hundred percent, enjoying a heck of a lot of books that I pick up. No matter how lovely, astonishing, heart-breaking or mind-blowing they are, if they have even a slightly dodgy premise, then I just can't let THE FEELINGS completely takeover. This is especially the case with contemporary YA - I have to buy into it to fully invest in it, if you get what my drift.

So, when I read the synopsis for Shooting Stars, my sceptical muscle beg
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
While having a hard time getting into one book (to the point where I didn't read for about 3 days. *Gasp!*), I decided maybe I just needed to read something else and kind of start over. This was the book I chose (mostly because it's the shortest of the three I had to pick from). And it was kind of cute and fluffy.

It plays out a lot like a rom-com. Jo lives in LA where she takes pictures of celebrities for quite a bit of money. Only one celebrity has ever been nice to her and that was Ned Hatchet
Jan 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked this book--it was cute and fun, but not fluffy.

Jo is a 16-year-old paparazzo, using her small stature and innocent looks to get her in to take pictures of high-profile celebrities. Her father is famous among his paparazzi peers, and though she's temporarily following in his footsteps, her real dream is to be a portrait photographer. An unexpected assignment to track and photograph a teen heartthrob in a retreat-like rehab would provide the funds she needs to pay for school and an awesome
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 mu
Ever get the feeling that you aren't doing the right thing? But you continue to do it anyway? That is what happens when Jo gets the biggest job she could ever get. She has to spy on the super hot singer Ned Hartnett.

Her father is a paparazzi and so is she. Because of her small stature the fact that she is 16, Jo can do things none of the other paparazzi can do. She can get into small places, pretend that she is a child, and really do anything.

Reasons I didn't like this book:
Jo's life seemed li
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 13-25
This book is about a young girl, Jo, who is a paparazzo and is the best of the paparazzi. She is articulate in her work and does all that she can to be the best. She then is put on an undercover assignment. The assignment was to make more money, not necessarily fall in love.

This book was simple, but I liked it. It was a pretty easy read. I would recommend this book to people who may not be comfortable with their reading. I would have liked more character development, but I did like the fact tha
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Review first posted at Bewitched Bookworms

The synopsis something that totally drew me in. Sounds like a girls fantasy falling in love with a real Hollywood Star. And since I really love more and more to read cute YA contemporary books I was eager to pick it up.

Zo Jo – little girl Big Shot!
Jo is cute – she’s a half Japanese young girl whose father is a famous paparazzi. Jo also loves her camera and she absolutely loves to photograph – it’s her passion! And in order to finance an expensive art sch
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2012
Sometimes I just need a fun, light, contemporary read and that is just what Shooting Stars was. Allison Rushby's newest young adult release was an entertaining read that left me eager to grab my camera and scamper off to Hollywood and try to get some great shots. The title is a perfect fit for this book, I love how creative it is. I enjoyed this book and while it was at times predictable, I still found myself smiling at the end. Shooting Stars will certainly appeal to a wide-range of readers and ...more
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Zo Jo is a young paparazzo in the making and taking incriminating/embarrassing pictures of the famous and infamous is in her blood. Her dad is a paparazzo and is oh so proud that his daughter has her finger poised on the camera trigger.
But Zo Jo wants more.

Zo Jo watches life through a camera lens. At the moment it's a pap one but her ultimate dream is to observe and take snap shots of life through an adjustable lens as a portrait photographer.

Cash is tight so when she gets offered a highly well
"Shooting Stars" was a cute story about an aspiring teen paparazzi who's asked to take on a job photographing one of the hottest current teen stars, and ends up stepping into more than she bargained for. Jo, also known as Zo Jo, takes on her biggest job yet under her employer when she's asked to follow Ned Harnett to a retreat, all while keeping her true identity under wraps. But Jo's not the only one trying to stay incognito, as she gets to know Ned in more ways than one - what he is and what h ...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sharp, funny and witty, 'Shooting Stars' is an entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable read. Have you ever imagined what the life of a paparazzo is really like - well you can find out all their juicy secrets here. This book will definitely appeal to those who are obsessed with celebrities and the world of entertainment, for which I would definitely include myself!

Jo is a sixteen year old paparazzo, following in the footsteps of her father. She loves the rush of snapping that elusive shot and becau
Stephanie Redwine
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Josephine Foster, or Zo Jo as she is called in the biz, is a member of the paparazzi. She is 16 and has a distinct advantage over her competition: she is short and can pass for 11 years old. She is able to get into places that no one else can by pretending to be a young girl looking for her mom, or a young girl playing on her Ipod.

Zo Jo has been given a way out of her paparazzi ways: Snap a few pictures of a young singer at a retreat and hand them off to an editor. Sounds easy enough, right? Wro
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book- although it does have some traditional chick lot cliches- it's was incredibly interesting. One of the big reveals I figured out but not right away, and the paparazzo angle was pure brilliance. It was fresh and interesting. Usually chick lit would be about the star and the normal girl, but the star and the paparazzo is so amazing because its different.
Jo is an average teenage girl, expect that she looks way you get than her age and she is one of the best paparazzo in LA. Being
Shooting Stars is really the best of both worlds when it comes to books. It's all sorts of cute and adorable and entertaining but still successfully tells an emotional story. I was thoroughly charmed by the quirky characters and genuinely interested in the plot at the same time.

I could totally see this as a DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movie) and I mean that in the best way possible. It's so upbeat and lighthearted and it seemed like I was always smiling, but it never felt too cheesy because it
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I didn't quite know what to expect from Shooting Stars, but what I got was a super cute, fun story about Zo Jo and her life as a sixteen year old paparazzo.

Jo is such a fun character. She is incredibly cynical for a sixteen-year-old, but she's had to grow up fast in the business she's in. I liked how she doesn't take herself too seriously, and how she's not afraid to use some dirty tricks to get the best shots. And most of all I loved how she has dreams for her future; even if she's making good
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This book wasn't awful, but it was quite cliche. I liked the main character, but some of the solutions to her problems were so obvious I wanted to scream. She wasn't a big fan of thinking rationally, and her "solution" to the biggest problem she had was a solution I had thought up pages earlier.

It felt really unrealistic, too. How many teenagers are paparazzi? I know, she's the only one, but it was strange. And who in their right mind would leave their kid home alone most of the time with just a
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Azra Benić
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I was good but did not reach my expectations. I found this book that said like this book that I liked and that gave me high expectations . At
one point I found myself reading the exact same paragraph over again later in the book . Could be better. But still it is good if you aren't that picky with books
Kathryn Cooper
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Katie W
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Jo is a teenage papparazo, who uses her shortness and innocent look to her advantage, getting the best shots that no one else can get of the celebrities. When she is given a big job to go inside, undercover, at a big retreat place to get shots of teen music heartthrob, Ned, she discovers there's more to herself than she realized--and maybe papping isn't all it's cracked up to be.

On one hand, I really admired how matter of fact Jo was. She was such a go getter and independent. On the other hand,
Holly Rivera
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a marvelous book with juicy details that never stopped. From the first word to the last word I was so interested and it always made me want to read more. This young girl makes life sound great and make you wish you were with her or exactly her. I wish this was a movie because every line you read you could imagine what was happening. Sometime you can connect to her and feel like you are in that magical moment. I fell in love with this book and I would recommend any female from ...more
Wow, what can I say? I think this might be my favourite read this year!

It's nice to take a break for supernatural reads and just good old-fashioned real-life based books (not that I'm saying vampires, ghosts, and who-knows-what don't exist.. I mean, you never know right?)

I thought at first that this book would just be predictable and that I'd probably get bored of it and ed up leaving it in my currently-reading shelf like I do most boring books.. But NO! This book surprised me and the story t
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