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Magan: Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby

Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby (website | twitter)

Publisher: Walker Children’s Books (imprint of Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
Pages: 272
Upcoming Release Date: February 28, 2012
Target Audience: Young Adult
Format: ARC received at ALA Mid-Winter

Summary: Jo is one of the youngest, best, and tiniest paparazzo. She can score pictures few others are capable of, and for this reason, she’s given one of her biggest assignments. She has to go undercover to find out the reason a certain teen celebrity is really in rehab. Along the way, she questions whether the money is worth potentially destroying someone’s career… the very same someone she happens to be falling for.

I was immediately attracted to Shooting Stars when I saw the girl on the cover was holding a camera; my two loves were combined – photography and reading. However, I must admit, this can also be a dangerous combination. I read Famous, a book also about a teenage photographer, and very strongly disliked the book because I couldn’t stop thinking about the un-likelihood from a professional standpoint. I hoped that Jo’s story would feel more authentic and real.

My initial thoughts were that the story was definitely fun, but maybe a little bit cheesy. I was impressed by how well Rushby described the job of a photographer. Jo’s character was easily relatable and enjoyable to get to know. It wasn’t until she became a resident at the rehab center and went undercover, though, that I really understood how much more there would be to Jo’s story.

She has big, big dad and family issues. She meets people in the facility who are dealing with some pretty crushing life issues, too. And then there was the huge twist in the storyline that definitely shocked me. When this happened, the whole story changed for me because I wasn’t expecting it at all. The book went from silly to more serious in a split second.

It was a change that was definitely welcomed. As I was reading, I could see the moral dilemma that Jo was going to face. I was going to be really upset if there wasn’t something more to come out of Shooting Stars than Jo scoring a bunch of money for a job well-done. In the end, I also like reading and feeling like I’ve learned something. This will be a great book for teenagers to walk through Jo’s situation and decide how they would follow through with the job.

As a result of the big surprise, there was a lot of character development and growth for Jo. I enjoyed seeing her figure out what her goals were and how much being a paparazzo impacted them. Her attempts to get shots with her hidden cameras were pretty hilarious and I loved seeing her fall in love. For a girl who isn’t close to many people, Jo had a lot to learn about letting her guard down to be in a relationship.

This was a really fun, quick read for me. I am happy to have read a book involving photography that I enjoyed. Shooting Stars comes out on Tuesday, February 28th. Don’t forget to it add it to your to-read list!

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January 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

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February 28, 2012 - 6:03 pm

VeganYANerds - I definitely want to read this because it’s by an Aussie author but it’s also good to know that it’s a good, fun read and that the author got all the photography details right!

February 26, 2012 - 5:48 pm

In My Mailbox (8) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] Halpin and Emily Franklin. Magan recapped the Pitch Dark Days stop in Austin, TX! Magan reviewed Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby. We’re giving away a copy of John Green’s book The Fault in Our […]

February 24, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Daisy - It sounds really cute! And the cover is what caught my eye too! And if something you love doing yourself is a huge part of the book, it’s SO important they do it right! Glad to hear the author knew her stuff 🙂
Thanks for the review! I’m really excited to read this soon!

February 24, 2012 - 9:44 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - The cover is totally what caught my eye with this one too! Glad you liked it! And glad it wasn’t overly cheesy, which I was worried about. I look forward to reading it even more now. 🙂

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