Shuttergirl by CD Reiss
Series: The Hollywood Project #1
Published by Self-published on May 16, 2015
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ONE movie star on the cusp of greatness
ONE broken girl who touched him
TEN years to forget her
A MILLION stories in Hollywood
I am not hurt.
I don’t need a second chance with him, or a life I thought I had.
While he was out forgetting me to become a movie star, I was building a career out of nothing. A career as a paparazzi, but a career. For a foster kid who bounced around every home in Los Angeles, that wasn’t easy.
This camera is all I have.
He’s nothing to me. Every time I take his picture and sell it, I remind myself that I did it all without him or his approval, his cinnamon smell or his lithe body. He can light up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing to me.
He can throw my camera off a balcony, and nothing has to change. We can stay king and queen of the same city, and different worlds.
Except this is Hollywood, and here, anything can happen.
I’ve had Shuttergirl sitting on my kindle for a week or so… because the idea of reading about the paparazzi had me wondering a little but it was the story-line and CD Reiss being the author that hooked me in. Looking for something different to what I had been reading of late, it was time to give this book a go! Brilliant decision, because it turned out to be a fantastically refreshing and entertaining standalone story.
Laine has a cut and dry approach to her work and her life. A tough introduction to life has ensured Laine is street smart. Armed with a knowledge of the city well enough to weave in and out of places in record time! Seeing the world through her lens, she captures stolen moments and sells them to the highest bidder. She’s good, respected by her peers and embraces her lifeline…the city. She was the Ginger Rogers of the paparazzi world managing everything the guys could do, backwards and in heels!
Michael was born into the stardom of movie royalty, but it took a real life moment to ground him and realise he could deliver a lot more than he was on film. The way he described the scene in Casablanca moved me to the extent I wanted to watch the movie, especially that scene, then and there! This was the calibre of what I was reading, each scenario had me feeling so close to the action I wanted to explore whatever movie or place was being mentioned. It was so easy to visualise every scene, experience the adrenaline alongside them and feel their emotions.
Meeting briefly in their youth, Laine and Michael make a lasting impression on each other. As adults, they have known they have been in each other’s presence for some time but they’re on opposite sides of the road physically and professionally. The chances of a well to do young man being with the girl from foster care still seemed as far-fetched as it did before. Both were considered successful in their own right but away from prying eyes they were surprisingly insecure. It is not until life forces them to truly see themselves do they realise there is a lot more to life than being perfect.
There are some tough moments depicted in the book that have a disturbing nature to them, but mostly, Shuttergirl filled me with hope and made me smile. A thoroughly enjoyable story with a heart moving twist at the end that sealed my love for Shuttergirl!
What I struggled with:
• Running away
What I loved:
• Her teacher and his treasure of archives
• When Michael managed to surprise her
• Her foster brother
• Reflection time
• The way Michael added humour to those tricky moments
• The clue at the end
Lily’s Rating: 5 Stars!
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