It does take some time to really get into Shooting Stars but once Jo settles into the retreat, things really start to move. I really loved the fact that Jo is half Japanese and that although she's cunning when it comes to taking pictures, she's not completely ruthless. The paparazzi angle of Shooting Stars in general was really fun and it definitely played a part in Jo's growth--you'll see what I mean. And then there's Ned Hartnett who I have to mention because he plays such a huge role in Shooting Stars. If it wasn't for him, well, there's a lot of stuff that wouldn't have happened. Ah! I can't not mention Katrina though! She's Jo's roommate at the retreat and an ex-ballerina who is extremely tall when compared to Jo. I love the fact that she befriends Jo and that their friendship continued after the retreat as well.
Overall, I'd recommend Shooting Stars to you if you're looking for a light, fun read that ends in--what I consider to be--a surprising way. You might struggle to get into Shooting Stars at first, but once you get to the pool scene, things get interesting. And the ending? Adorable and absolutely perfect; I couldn't see the book ending any other way.
Overall Rating: ★★★★
Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: February 28, 2012
* Received for review via publisher and NetGalley.