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Shooting Stars

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  744 ratings  ·  165 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 ba
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Penguin Press (first published August 29th 2009)
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Ross Williams
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Marcus Vinicius
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
The Beginnings
In this narrative in first person, Lebron James talks about the formation of his high school basketball team and the challenges it faces in order to climb the ladder all the way to the top. The bonds that exists between the players, the style of play that the team developed and its growth as a team are exposed with details. In the book one can also know Lebron’s point of view about some challenges that he faced (e.g., the controversy about the car he received from his mother). Goo
Kai Brumaghim
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Troy Aguilar
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved how this book caught my attention and made me so intrested in learning about my idols life and how it wasn´t all great and everything.
Murphy Horning
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic book. LeBron James's story about his early years is one to remember, and this book does a very good job chronicling it. It gives a very good illustration of his rough life growing up on the streets of Akron (I remember James writing about how he moved six times in one year, and saying how he never went to Cleveland, which was just 45 minutes away). My favorite part of this story, however, is how James chronicles his basketball days from playing AAU hoops all the way to him b ...more
Feb 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
“Just a kid from Akron.” That’s what we know him as. The greatest basketball player of all time, LeBron James. But, what many people don’t realize is that he isn’t just a basketball player who “was all the rage” while he was in high school. He’s a student, a son, a friend, and a jokester. In this book written by Bussinger, the reader gets to know so much more about LeBron James off the court. The book starts out with the beginnings of him and his three friends. Together known as the fab 4 and la ...more
Justin Johannessen
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall This is a pretty good book If you like basketball and watching documentaries this is just the book for you. You get to learn about LeBron James's early life, his hardships, and what it took took get to the point that he is at today. This book has good structure to it and really kept me reading, it was full of interesting childhood information and I definitely learned some things I never knew about LeBron. One thing that separates this book from most other books is how it's written; You f ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
The book was good. Not amazing but if you like LeBron and grew up when he was coming into fame, this is a pretty fun read. I remember hearing about all the scandals surrounding his taking bribes in High School and it was interesting to read things from his side (as told by Bissinger). LeBron admits some of his own mistakes and lack of humility during his High School days, and reminds his readers he was in High School. He wasn't an adult and the media were pretty ruthless given this fact. I also ...more
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shooting stars is about Lebron James and his whole childhood growing up in Ohio. He meets new friends while playing basketball and become good friends. They play basketball and become a super good team and become champions. Overall It is a great book if you like basketball and I highly recommend it.
Jul 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Witnesses of LeBron James who want to know his origin story and what his life was before he became an NBA superstar and global icon will find this book immersive and soul-baring. The book is told from the lens of a high schooler as he grapples with the burden of systemic racism and unprecedented hype while leading his team in a predominantly white Catholic institution, St. Vincent-St. Mary.
Jagger Hammer
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shooting Stars is about LeBron James' rise from the streets of Akron to being the greatest basketball player in the world. Overcoming adversity and brotherhood are the main themes. I liked this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys learning about sports. ...more
Paul Mahon
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I gained even more respect for James as a person and athlete after reading this book, also cool to see him talk about life in Akron.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. I like learning about LeBron James and how he formed his life to become what he is today.
Brad Hayes
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a fan of LeBron James, you'll love this book. If you've never heard of LBJ (how is that possible?), but still enjoy a good sports story, you'll enjoy this book, too. ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Well written, very interesting journey, I really enjoyed the book…! Brought back a lot of memories from the AAU circuit as a parent.
Jordan Vega
Apr 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is aiiight i wouldn't read this book ...more
Brett Hill
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was a good book and learned a lot more about LeBron that I didn't already know! ...more
Marc Pong
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Actually a very good book by Lebron James. If you're a basketball fan or a parent of a high school basketball athlete you will find this book super interesting. Highly recommended read. ...more
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I believe all the attention from such a young age has taken away LeBron's ability to be natural. Anger, jubilation, fear, sadness all seem a bit rehearsed. ...more
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a little good
Daniel Liu
Feb 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Vincent Zhen
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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