Book Review: Camera Girl by Carl Sferrazza Anthony

“Stalin,” Jackie cracked, “doesn’t scare me half as much as Mummy does.”

Carl Sferrazza Anthony, Camera Girl

Title: Camera Girl: The Coming of Age of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy
Author: Carl Sferrazza Anthony
Genres: Non-fiction, Biography
Pages: 400 (ebook)
Publish Date: May 2nd, 2023

My Rating: ★★★★★
Read: 1/26/2023 – 2/1/2023

Review:

Having carried surnames such as Kennedy and Onassis, very often Jaqueline Bouvier gets overlooked. In Camera Girl, we get a close look at the life of Jaqueline as a young woman.

Well-researched and well-written, this book delivers an intimate account of Jaqueline’s college years (including her year abroad in Paris) through her wedding to John F. Kennedy. I haven’t read too much on her but I’ve been an admirer of hers from what little I did know, but this book has made me admire her even more.

The writing was engaging and personal without treading into scandalous topics like so many biographies like to do. It was personable and informative. An all around lovely read complete with notes and sources.

Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing me with a free digital ARC to read and review!

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • The flow of the book. Everything was neatly organized.
  • Super well-researched. I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen so many resources at the end of the book. I appreciate the author’s efforts.

What I didn’t like:

  • I don’t know if they’ll be included in physical/published copies of the book, but some pictures would have been a nice addition.

Afterthoughts:

I loved getting to learn more about Jacqueline when she was younger. It was super excited to see that one of her favorite books was also one of my, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. This was a great book to read after reading Jacqueline in Paris by Ann Mah.

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