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Shooting Stars: My Unexpected Life Photographing Hollywood's Most Famous

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Get the inside scoop on what life is really like for Hollywood's biggest stars in this hilarious, addictive memoir!

As a young woman struggling to make ends meet in LA photographer Jennifer Buhl bumped into the paparazzi and soon found herself chasing down celebrities in her station wagon, earning thousands a day. Shooting Stars is the hilarious, whip-smart chronicle of her
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Sourcebooks (first published January 1st 2014)
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Marti
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually found the details of life as a paparazzi to be pretty fascinating. Like many people, my image of them as relentless vultures was cemented by Princess Diana's accident in 1998 (which seemed more the fault her driver going too fast to escape them). While that image has a lot of truth to it, most paparazzi don't resort to extreme reckless driving unless the stars try to outrun them (which they generally don't because they want to be photographed). In fact, the best way to avoid having yo ...more
Skyler
Feb 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
*I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly wish I could say that I loved this book, but admittedly, I was sorely disappointed. To show you what I mean, I have compiled a list below of parts of this book that abhorred me. I hope this suffices because I honestly can't find anything positive to say about this memoir.
*Please note that whenever I mention a "you," I am speaking in regards to the author herself.
1. "First, I find
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Katarina
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was curious about this book, and i'm glad I had a chance to read it.

I didn't have a very high opinion of paparazzi. What I liked about this book was that it was well written and read as very honest.

Jennifer was just doing a job, getting celebrity pics. She wasn't obnoxious or rude to the celebrities. Like she mentioned, most like having their pictures shown, because it keeps them in the spotlight.
There are many fun stories about different celebs, but all told with sensitivity and without sensa
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Rhode
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bio-general
I flipped open this book because I thought it would be the perfect fluffy, distraction I needed on an evening when the world had been a bit much. Then, I found myself staying up past my bedtime, turning down page corners and thinking a lot about what it is to be a woman in this day.

The book has four threads. The first is a practical look into a papparazi's everyday life, from driving tricks to camera lenses to the sociological rules of the interactions (example: no photos inside elevators togeth
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Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
The tidbits about the celebs she covered was really interesting and in that aspect it was a perfect summer read that requires no thought. But then her personal life weaves into it, as often does with careers/jobs, and that was less interesting to me, but still important to her own story, as her being pregnant provided the exit from being a pap.

But seriously, celebs and the paparazzi are not friends, they can't be based on their actual relationship, and that part seemed a bit delusional. Especial
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Kristin Alford
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun, addictive read made more so by the recognition of image descriptions, how close the vision of celebrity is (part 1 for hedonism)
Kimi (Geeky Chiquitas)
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Geeky Chiquitas

Actual rating: 3.5

Reviewed by Audrey

Jennifer Buhl is one of the few female paparazzi (or paparazza, as she likes to call it) in LA. She slowly becomes the best in the industry and proves that even though females are uncommon in the paparazzi line of work, they can still reach the top. This memoir is a tale of Jennifer's journey to the top. She shows how she has gone through so many challenges yet succeeds in the end. She gets in trouble with the LAPD and becom
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Danielle
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is not the kind of book I would normally pick up. I'm not super into celeb culture and have never been the kind of person who was into reading things like People and US Weekly and any other magazine or website that deals in the photographs that the paparazzi are selling to. I wound up reading it because Trey Graham, formally of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, was mailing interested people books from his bookshelf in order to help clear it out. This is the book that I wound up with, so ...more
Katie/Doing Dewey
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway
Jennifer Buhl was struggling to make it in LA until she decided to try her hand at being a paparazzi. That’s not to say that being a paparazzi was easy. Paparazzi often tip each other off and it took Jennifer some time to make connections. She faced bullying and discrimination, both for being one of the few women in the business and for being successful. Despite the challenges, she really was successful, getting some fantastic shots with celebrities, as well as many fascinating stories to tell.

A
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Larry
Apr 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
"Jennifer is...funny, smart, respectful..hot." That is one review on the cover. Should've given me a clue about the book. How vapid can you be to praise an author on their looks? And Jennifer Buhl is not funny, smart or respectful, if this book is the best that she has to offer. She spends the first half of the book defending her chosen profession, paparazzi. And then in the second half calls famous people that wish for a bit of privacy bitches and worse. According to Jennifer the stars WANT to ...more
Teena in Toronto
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Jennifer was a waitress working in L.A. when she saw some paparazzi in action taking pictures of Paris Hilton. She figured she could do that too and hooked up with an agency. She spent the next three years following celebs around taking interesting pictures of them to have appear in magazines. She made 60% of the fee on her pictures and ended up making about $10,000 a month as a "pap".

At 37, her biological clock was ticking and she ended up getting pregnant ... she eventually moved to Colorado a
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Stephanie (the nerdy princess)
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


Jennifer Buhl is one of the few female paparazzi (or paparazza, as she likes to call it) in LA. She slowly becomes the best in the industry and proves that even though females are uncommon in the paparazzi line of work, they can still reach the top. This was an OK book. I liked how you got an inside look on how the paparazzi live and do their job. It’s nice to actually see their side for once and not what everyon
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Bob Schnell
Advanced reading copy

Jennifer Buhl is not your typical celebrity chaser, as she will tell you time and again in this memoir of her brief stint as a "paparazza". She is a lonely female in a male dominated profession which she seems to think gives her some special power to relate to her "doorsteps", a.k.a. the celebrities she is trying to photograph. Meanwhile her biological clock is ticking, ad nauseum.

The inside scoop on the operations of the LA paparazzi is fascinating. Although the celebrity
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Laura
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this book in a giveaway from the publisher.

For the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this memoir, which reads somewhat like a novel. It gave me an alternate perspective on the role of the paparazzi, which I know I definitely considered a right nuisance before reading this. They’re still annoying and invasive, but there is a positive side in some respects. I didn’t expect to like the book too much (I didn't realize it was a memoir... and "memoir" to be screams "boring"), act
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Newport Librarians
If you read a lot of People, OK!, US Weekly, etc., this is the book for you! Jennifer Buhl shares her memoir on photographing celebrities for a living in LA during her mid-30's. She is part of the paparazzi, not a "professional" photographer, which is apparently a very tough role for a female in LA (or anywhere).

Reading about the celebs and their encounters with the paps is very interesting ... most set up half the pics you see in the magazines themselves! Jennifer tries to tie in some of her pr
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Bookreaderljh
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Took me a while to get into this book as I am just not interested in paparazzi's and celebrity sightings and tabloids. So at first the description of the frenzy of getting the shot just annoyed me. I don't know that it is a good thing that I now know more about how paparazzi operate and make money and the symbiotic relationship they have with their "celebrities". The book was actually more interesting when she was being honest about her personal life and her quest to have a baby. The memoir is w ...more
Colleen
If you read a lot of People, OK!, US Weekly, etc., this is the book for you! Jennifer Buhl shares her memoir on photographing celebrities for a living in LA during her mid-30's. She is part of the paparazzi, not a "professional" photographer, which is apparently a very tough role for a female in LA (or anywhere).

Reading about the celebs and their encounters with the paps is very interesting ... most set up half the pics you see in the magazines themselves! Jennifer tries to tie in some of her pr
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Rebecca
I'm somewhat embarrassed that I read this, but it was entertaining and a random selection from the library. Also, I guess knowing how paparazzi work is actually kind of interesting and something I would never really know about otherwise. There were some really weird memoir bits, but I guess if you get into the paparazzi business, you're bound to have some of your own strange neuroses. Quick read. Recommend if you're interested in tabloid photos, paparazzi, or just want to hear some stories about ...more
Jean Johnson
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is such a well written insight to the world of paparazzi. There's a great mix of celebrity stories along with a woman's quest for a family. I personally never had such strong baby urges but perhaps if I was single at 36 I might have. This is perfect for anyone who reads US Weekly, People or any of the likes. Or any girls that like light chick reads. I would highly recommend, especially if you ever liked Entourage. I'm super stoked they are making the movie and once you read this you'll unde ...more
Kimberly
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
We've all seen the photos in the tabloids. Now in Shooting Stars by Jennifer Buhl, we find out how the paparazzi go about getting those photos. Ms. Buhl spent two years chasing down celebrities and in this book, shares her experiences as a female paparazza. As we learn, it isn't an easy way to make a living, but it has its perks. Overall, I thought it was an interesting read and one that I enjoyed very much. As Ms. Buhl worked as a paparazza several years ago, the celebrities most discussed are ...more
Madeline Dahlman
If you enjoy celebrity news and read a lot of trashy magazines like I do, then this might be a book for you. It's well written (for the most part) and Buhl has a lot of good insider info. I think the general public has been led to believe that the paparazzi are just as sleezy as they're usually depicted to be but I don't think that's the case anymore. I'd recommend this to anyone wanting a light, celebrity filled read. Nothing too heavy, nothing to serious, just some easy entertaining reading..
Stephanie
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Jennifer spends 3 years as a paparazza in Hollywood, shooting those pics of celebrities that show up online or in People magazine and gives you an inside look at what it is like to be part of the dreaded paparazzi along with her more personal story. Though you can tell she is an amateur writer, her story is full of juicy stories about the stars and the ups and downs of having to be that person who is chasing the stars for an often unwanted photo op. A quick, fun read.
Georgette
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had fun with this book. Jennifer decides she needs to change her life up and decides to become a paparazza. this is great fun, this book. You get a lot of firsthand accounts of which celebs are a pleasant surprise (Paris Hilton) and which are an unpleasant surprise (Hilary Duff). You get a lot of play-by-play at how they train, how they shoot, how they decide when to abandon a chase, etc. Light, fun reading. If you're a tabloid fan (I am), you will love this.
Denise Morse
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I can definitely say I learned a ton about the paparazzi - the good, the bad, the ugly and the very ugly. It was very interesting to go behind the scenes on the different shoots, the way some celebrities use the shots to their advantage and the lengths that are gone to get the shot. I do feel less sorry for some of the celebrities although I do feel bad for some of them as well. What a crazy profession!
michael l crawford
I enjoyed reading this book. I was surprised when I found d myself unable to put the book down. A very interesting and e entertaining read.

I enjoyed reading this book. I was surprised when I found d myself unable to put the book down. A very interesting and e entertaining read.
Debbie
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it
This unique memoir is written by a female paparazzi who describes her journey. Jennifer is one of the few American woman who photograph the celebrities of Los Angeles area. She explains how she started and rose to be one of the top selling photographers in a few years. Her writing style is fun is smooth and fun -- filled with humor and real life emotions.
Jeanne
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
The paparazzi get a bad rap. Is it well deserved? Sometimes. This book is a defense of the profession, but it is a poor defense. It is a different point of view. There are people making a lot of money on both sides of the cameras. One point that I took away from the book is how fleeting fame can be. Most of the people she stalked as a pap are no longer in the news.
Kate
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-about-work
If you're tempted to pick this up, you'll probably like it. A decent read and pretty much as expected, with maybe a little more talk about her biological clock and a little less straightforward story arc.

edlalu
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My wife brought this book home from the library and tore through it in little more than a week. As a photog I was intrigued by that aspect of the story, and found myself wrapped up in the fun of the chase and the evolution of the author.
S. Valentine
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great insight into celebrity culture! A fast-paced, easy-to-read style. If you want to know about the paparazzi industry, and be entertained at the same time, then this is the book for you!
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