Book Review: Shooting Stars


My unexpected life photographing hollywood's most famous

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I am so glad that I stumbled upon this witty and charming memoir. Shooting Stars is well written, interesting, and keeps a brisk pace.

Jennifer Buhl tells the true story of her sudden and somewhat accidental career as a paparazzo in Los Angeles.  Yes you read that right, this is a memoir about the Paparazzi. And yes it is actually a good book.

One of my all time favorite sub-genres to read is celebrity memoirs and Shooting Stars is a completely unique and original look into the lives and personalities of some of Hollywood's most iconic celebrities.

This book is so much more than a petty gossip sesh or LA mudslinging. I expected this book to read like a tabloid, and it absolutely did not. Jennifer wrote from a personal and vulnerable place and I felt like I got to know her. Shooting Stars is a well crafted memoir with depth and direction. 

As I often do with "light hearted" books, I decided to read this on the subway. However, I ended up being so engaged and intrigued that I nearly missed my stop on more than one occasion. Bright, funny, fascinating and completely binge-able, Shooting Stars would make a fabulous beach, airplane, or summer vay-cay read.

The days flew by those first few months. The job was fresh and exhilarating, but at the same time extremely challenging. Two things quickly became clear. One, I was nowhere near to becoming a professional photographer. My celebrity shots were, more often than not, out of focus, improperly exposed, or otherwise unusable. Usually they has important body parts (notably feet or forehead) missing. And two, I had ZERO abilities at stealth.
— Shoot Stars by Jennifer Buhl

Rating: 5/5

For fans of: Talking as Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham, Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman.