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Shooting Stars

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  566 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
From the ultimate team basketball superstar LeBron James and
Buzz Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August a poignant, thrilling tale of the power of teamwork to transform young lives, including James s own.



The Shooting Stars were a bunch of kids LeBron James and his best friends from Akron, Ohio, who first met
on a youth
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published August 29th 2009)
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Ross Williams
Nov 05, 2015 Ross Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shooting stars is a book about Lebron James and his rough childhood and how he overcame adversity to get to the place where he is now. This book was written by Buzz Bissinger and Lebron James himself. This book told about how to fight through adversity even from a young age and how important relationships with your teammates and the people off the court are as well. Lebron James doesn't come from anything at all. His mother had him at 16 years old as a high school student. Lebron was deeply infl ...more
Kai Brumaghim
Mar 01, 2013 Kai Brumaghim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Shooting Stars by LeBron James. This is a sports book and memoir. This book is about LeBron James a young high school superstar basketball player and his team. It shows how they won their games lived their high schools lives with all the hype of how good they were. Also it shows how LeBron James started his career to becoming arguably the best athlete on earth today. This book takes place in the mid 2000's in Akron, Ohio. Thats were the high school they played at was. Really the only true ...more
Ryan
Mar 10, 2016 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shooting Stars by Lebron James is an interesting autobiography of lebrons high school years. There are many reoccurring topics and themes this book goes over, ideas that most teens and athletes struggle with. Themes such as money, loyalty, trust issues and insecurities. The fast pace writing and surprising events that take place in the book made it a hard novel to put down. The most impressive part of the book is the fact that Lebron a young kid when he had to deal with the media hyping him up ...more
Matt Gumularz
This book is about four boys who meet through Basketball in the city of Akron, Ohio. They end up going to the same High School, Saint Vincent- Saint Mary, to try and win a State and National championship. It talks about how some boys who aren't even related, can become as close as brothers through the game of basketball. What I liked about this story is how they started off as being an underdog, to being ranked the Number 1 team in the Nation! Why I connected to is because they never gave up, n ...more
Keon
Feb 09, 2010 Keon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Lebron James life and childhood. His life was hard living in a small apartment and only a mom. He would always ride his bike around Arkon Ohio. He loved the burgers from his favorite place swensons he loved the aroma too. He later in the book made book he meet some friends Little Dru,Willie,Sian.
Austin
Sep 04, 2013 Austin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shooting stars by LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger is a book about how perseverance, hard work and teamwork can pay off. LeBron and the rest of the fab 4 +1 go from a team of high school students, into a nationally ranked team! I would definitely recommend this book, including but not limited to, anyone who enjoys non fiction, or a great story!
Emily
Nov 08, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shooting Stars is the story of LeBron James and his journey with a group of basketball teammates that become like a family to him. It starts off with James describing his childhood and what it was like for him growing up. His mom raised him all by herself from the time she was only 16, and went from job to job trying to provide for them. He grew up in a not-so-good part of Akron, so some of the things he experienced as a child were things no kid should ever have to go through. He often moved ar ...more
Daniel Liu
Feb 18, 2010 Daniel Liu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plot:
Growing up in the small town of Akron, Ohio, five kids face the everyday challenges of poverty, drugs, gangs, and violence in the streets of Akron. But the one thing that keeps them off the streets and away from such negativity in the community is the game of basketball. This is the story about the life of Lebron James and his four best friends (Little Dru, Sian, Romeo, and Willie) playing for their dreams of one day making it out of the projects and playing on a team for a Division 1 schoo
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Vincent Zhen
Feb 14, 2013 Vincent Zhen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The independent reading book I chose to read was Shooting Stars, which is written by authors Lebron James and Buzz Binssinger. The story is of the non-fiction, sports genre, and basketball to be specific. The story describes the events in Lebron’s life from when he was a child being raised by his single mother until the end of his high school days. This story reveals the unfolding of how a little boy from Akron, Ohio becomes a nationally recognized figure in the world of basketball across the Un ...more
Devin Munroe
Feb 06, 2010 Devin Munroe added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ms. D'Orazio
I really liked the book Shooting Stars because it's a story about the loyalty between Lebron James and his friends. Lebron was a regular kid in Akron living with his mom who struggled to support them. Lebron first started playing basketball at the age of nine on a team called the Hornets where he met Little Dru, Sian, and Coach Dru who grew to be some of the most important people in his life. They instantly connected with each other and later would be known as the Fab Five. As time went on they ...more
Jungho L.
Jan 06, 2013 Jungho L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Miami Heat's starting small forward Lebron James. This book tells you from the beginning of King James's life to his NBA life. Lebron James was born in December 30th, 1984 in Akron, Ohio. His mother struggled to support Lebron and herself and they moved often. Lebron was not an academically strong person and he used sports to deal with his stress. His favorite was Basketball and Football. In his first year of Pee-Wee Football, he formed a bond with his coach Frankie Walker, w ...more
Seth
Aug 02, 2009 Seth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Basketball fans
Recommended to Seth by: Amazon Vine
There are several books out there about LeBron James, but I find the best way to get a grasp on someone is to hear what they have to say. Shooting Stars is the book you want if you’re looking to see what the NBA phenom experienced firsthand, and it’s his first book as an author (Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights, is on board as well). Admittedly I’ve grown tired of seeing LeBron’s name and face everywhere (it’s hard to avoid incessant marketing), but as a basketball fan I respect him ...more
Charlie Craveiro
Shooting Stars by Buzz Bissinger & LeBron James Review

When people think of the N.B.A. basketball superstar LeBron James they don’t usually think of smart. They think of Athletic, High flying dunks, and a shot formation that could make a cheetah purr. People usually think of how much better LeBron James is getting and how he will go down in history as one of, if not the best basketball player of all time. People usually do not think of all of the challenges of life LeBron James went through.
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Miguel Bohrer
Dec 08, 2013 Miguel Bohrer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book “Shooting Stars” is the story Lebron James and his high school basketball teammates known as “The Fab Five”. The authors’ purpose for writing this book was to entertain the reader and give the views of Lebron James and “The Fab Five “as they were known as in their high school days at St Vincent-St. Mary. The book talks about what Lebron and the rest of his friends thought during their high school basketball career. The authors’ purpose was accomplished in the book. I felt the book was a ...more
Jack Masters
Shooting Stars
by LeBron James & Buzz Bissinger
Review by Jack Masters


The book, Shooting Stars by LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger is by far one of my most favorite books. It is all about how LeBron and his best buds grow up to be one heck of a basketball team. LeBron’s first love was actually football and could’ve easily gotten a scholarship for that also. This book is intriguing and you feel like you can’t put down the book because you] want to know what his decision will be and what will hap
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Daje-Ameen Matthews
Daje-Ameen Matthews 11/15/15
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Shooting stars is by Lebron James and Buzz Bissinger is a sport book about Lebron James life and his teammates lives as young basketball stars.This book talks about the rough times Lebron went through.Lebron James had suffered losses in his life from basketball games and even family.He had teammates that were like his brothers .His teammates went throughout middleschool to highschool with him.Lebron loved his grandmother because she took care of him and taught
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Panos Voulgaris
May 21, 2014 Panos Voulgaris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whether or not you are a basketball/Lebron James fan, you will enjoy this book written by Lebron himself and Buzz Bissinger. The book captures the inspiring story of Lebron James who grew up in Akron, Ohio with a single mother. They were very poor, and at times struggled to find an affordable place to stay for even a single night. The odds were stacked against Lebron who was surrounded by people doing illegal activities (go figure). This is when basketball came into play for Lebron James. Basket ...more
Bryce Favors
Mar 14, 2016 Bryce Favors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Makai Freeman
The book Shooting Stars by LeBron James is an memoir about his life and what he has been through to get where he is now in life. It was an very interesting book to read and get to learn what he has been through and the help he has gotten also the hard work and determination that he gives himself. In the beginning of this book he talks about how him and his mother did now have a lot and how they always had to move from place to place because of the jobs his mother had. She always made sure that h ...more
Ben Klayer
Feb 12, 2015 Ben Klayer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, for those literary nuts expecting a beautifully-written memoir: Look somewhere else.

I'm not sure how involved Buzz Kissinger was with this project. But, from what I can tell, most of these words were actually written by Lebron James. The grammar is sketchy, repetitive language is used numerous times, and some parts are hard to follow. Especially while describing the physical basketball games.

So what is the appeal of this book?

Easy. The "reality" mindset of America. We love stories
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Bap
Sep 26, 2009 Bap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography, sports
As we speak there are thousands of youngsters who are members of AAU teams, travel teams for soccor, basketball, and swimming that are driven all over god's creation in station wagons and vans to countless tournaments encouraged by a parent who sees a scholarship at the end of the road or by a coach who has dedicated a good part of their lives to recruiting, teaching, and pushing kids to stardom. It has become overblown and excessive but the better coaches teach character, discipline, teamwork, ...more
Ayub Sayed
Nov 13, 2014 Ayub Sayed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about LeBron's life growing up in the hard streets of Akron. LeBron was birthed by a sixteen year old single mother who was not capable of raising him. LeBron did not have a stable home until the age of twelve and moved twelve times between the ages of five and eight. LeBrons's mother signed LeBron to play for a local team as a kid and LeBron grew up with his four other teammates and went to the same school as them and played together even in high school. LeBron faced many ups and ...more
Ziear Simmons
Oct 26, 2014 Ziear Simmons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shooting Stars by Lebron James and Buzz Bissinger is a Sports Autobiography of the journey NBA All Star Lebron James took to become who he is today. The story begins with Lebron stating that he wants to do something to put his little town Akron on the map because no one ever really talks about it,he said he doesn't know what but he wants it to be big. The story progresses by Lebron explaining how he did not have the best upbringing and he often had to stay with friends but he always seemed to fi ...more
Daulton


I read the book "Shooting Stars". This book was very inspiring towardsbasketball. There is a purpose for almost every book. This books purpose was to show the success of LeBron James and achievements he has aquired throughout his career. This book was to show that hard work will pay off in the long run. Lebron won 3 high school championships, he wasnt born with all that talent. Sure his size was given but to be as strong and agile as he is took work and long hours in the gym. He is the best play
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Shawn
Feb 21, 2017 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, this is a basketball book. But the underlying theme here is really the forming and bonding of a bunch of lifelong friends from as early as the age of 10.
Pretty solid work.
Saul Carter
Dec 05, 2012 Saul Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
12/05/2012

This book has been outstanding so far. I love this book. Its about LeBron James high school career. So far, it's about James' childhood that's leading up to his high school start. It talks about him and his constant moving and switching schools because his mom was switching jobs a lot. It's very interesting to learn about him and some of his best friends' lives as they grow up. Many of them are similar but very different at the same time which makes this book even more complex. I can't
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Gage
Shooting Stars by Lebron James is an interesting autobiography of Lebron's high school years. There are many reoccurring topics and themes this book goes over. And these are ideas that most teens and athletes struggle with. Themes such as money, loyalty, trust issues and insecurities that these athletes may have problems with. The fast pace writing and surprising events that take place in the book made it a hard book to put down. The most impressive part of the book is the fact that Lebron a you ...more
Japhet Sabucdalao
Shooting stars is about a good book, especially if you’re a LeBron James and basketball fanatic. It is a good story of a struggle in life of a young boy named Lebron James and using basketball as a vehicle to allow him to travel a long distance. It allowed Lebron to travel from a move a lot child to an NBA superstar and one of the richest and highest paid NBA player in the world today. Through his journey he found friends to accompany him and to help him improve his game and his attitude toward ...more
Patrickstar
Oct 19, 2009 Patrickstar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Shooting Stars were a bunch of kids from Akron, Ohio (LeBron James and his best friends) who first met on a youth basketball team when they were ten and eleven years old. LeBron was the only child of a single mother he grew up without a father and had moved over a dozen times by the age of ten. Willie McGee had left both his drug-using parents in Chicago to be raised by his older brother in Akron. Dru Joyce was short, but outspoken and a perfectionist, and his dad ended up coaching the group ...more
Austin Finley
Oct 03, 2013 Austin Finley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently read the book "Shooting Stars". This book was very inspiring towards the game basketball. I really enjoyed the book. There is a purpose for almost every book. This books purpose was to show the success of LeBron James and his achievements he has squired. This book was to show how hard work will make you the best player out there and winning 3 high school championships, I would call that rather successful. He is the best player in the NBA right now and got there from hard earned work. ...more
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