Thursday, March 1, 2012
SHOOTING STARS by Allison Rushby
Release date: February 28, 2012
Josephine "Jo" Foster may be small in stature and younger than most, but she is respected in her field. She is following in her father's footsteps. She is one of a notorious and often hated group. She is a paparazzo.
Jo is a talented photographer and also talented at getting into private nightclubs, parties, and just about anywhere the stars gather. Her pictures are in demand enough that the most popular celebrity magazines are willing to pay her, and pay her very well.
Jo has a goal set for all that money, too. She wants to go to school to study photography with a focus on portrait work. Her dad, also a paparazzo, believes she should focus on the career she already has started. She has the potential to be big, and he's always reminding her how good the money is.
Things change when Jo gets a special assignment. She is going undercover to capture some shots of a famous young singer spending some time at a fancy rehab spa. All she knows is he is not dealing with alcohol or drug issues, but her employer expects some juicy photos of the young star while he "rests" at the spa.
Having met the attractive young singer once before, Jo is a bit star-struck, but she's sure she can still complete her assignment. It takes all her talent to blend in among the other young people trying to straighten out the problems in their lives. She must act like she has her own issues and at the same time use her fake ipod/camera to snap as many pictures as she can.
It takes awhile for Jo to realize there is something not quite right about the subject of her assignment. Is he really who he says he is? She begins to think there is something strange going on, and she plans to get to the bottom of it.
Author Allison Rushby takes readers into the unsavory world of the paparazzo. Our fascination with the rich and famous makes us forget that they are people too with problems of their own. Rushby's main character has always seen these stars and their fancy lives as a way to make some easy money, but when she comes face to face with the reality of how one of them is actually suffering, she begins to take a long, hard look at her own life. Readers will find SHOOTING STARS a real page-turner as they peel away the layers of intrigue surrounding a young photographer and her subject.