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 money as a paparazzo that's not how she wants to spend the rest of her life, and she will do whatever it takes to follow through on her dream.
The whole story was so much fun, but there were definitely some serious issues worked in as well. The teenagers at the rehabilitation retreat are all there for good reasons, and even Jo might have some issues of her own, on top of the whole "I'm falling in love with my target" thing. And the way Shooting Stars ends was really just perfect, with enough surprises to keep it all interesting.
I would recommend Shooting Stars to anyone who likes a cute little romance, real teenagers with real problems, or just want to read something fun. And since nothing ever goes beyond some kissing, it is very appropriate for younger teens as well! (Although, you know, I'm 24 and loved it :p)
Cute and fun - just like the book!
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