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Facing the Music And Living To Talk About It [Hardcover]

Nick Carter
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Sept. 17 2013
This book is Nick Carter’s autobiography and self-help hybrid in which he chronicles his struggles with a dysfunctional family and the unimaginable rigors of becoming an internationally successful pop-star at the age of 12. From his battle with addiction to serious health complications and the pain of his younger sister’s tragic death, Nick leaves nothing to the imagination and offers true and heartfelt advice to help readers overcome obstacles in their own lives. 

 

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Nick Carter, best known as an incredibly talented member of the Backstreet Boys, has endured a very public struggle with addiction, family turmoil and health issues since the tender age of 12 years old. Together with the rest of the wildly successful boy band, he recorded multiple albums beginning in the1990s and continues to record and perform with them in 2013. Riding the wave of BSB's worldwide fame, Nick also released two solo albums and starred in a hit reality TV show, “House of Carters,” with his four siblings before the tragic death of his sister, Leslie. Carter has not made a secret of his ongoing fight with drug and alcohol abuse over the years he's spent in the public eye, but this book is his first complete account of his tumultuous life and pop-star lifestyle. Determined to use his own story to help change the lives of others battling their own demons, Nick writes this book with an open heart and a deep desire for truth and honesty. 

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and from the heart Sept. 12 2013
By Nicky
Format:Hardcover
I just preorderd this book last week and was surprised to receive it so early. To be honest i Just wanted to have it to add to my collection. I read the first half of the book in one night. I found it very hard to put down.

I would have to say that I have a totally different perspective of Nick Carter after reading this book. I feel he wrote this from his heart. You can tell that this is in his words. He is ever open and honest about his feelings and what he would like others to experience in their lives. He speaks from experience. He wants the best out of you and even tries in ways to guide you to improve yourself. Being a Backstreet Boys fan for so many years and just enjoying the music I never realized what this Man has gone through in his life. The things that this man has gone through in his life as a child, its incredible that he has grown into such an amazing person that he has grown into.

If you are interested in finding out more about Nick's journey then this book is for you. If you are in a place where you feel like you want to be better or do better then this book is for you. If you are in a place in your life and feel like there is nothing else for you... THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU.

It takes a very brave person to put on paper what he has. Just read it and it will change you. It has changed me. Im pretty sure that you will love it. I know i did.

There are parts of the book where there is space left for personal notes. LOVE THAT. This is not a one time read. I recommend this book 100% for anyone that is a BSB fan but really for anyone that wants more for themselves.

Very proud to have met this man and I cant want to tell him in person how much this book has moved me.

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Nicky
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Nick. April 8 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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There was really only one reason I was initially interested in picking up this book. NICK CARTER WROTE A BOOK! How could I not want to read it? BSB were my life growing up and I'm still a huge fan. I'd read or watch anything any of the band were to put out. And I'm sure that's the same for a lot of people that pick up this book. So I really didn't bother to read what it was about. I figured I get a look into Nick's life in one of my favourite bands. Wrong. But pleasantly surprised about what I did find inside.

This book is definitely quite a bit memoir/autobiography. But also has the self-help vibe too. Nick is pretty candid about his life. He's had many demons to battle growing up. And unfortunately being famous, some of that has played out through media outlets. Being a fan (I guess a fangirl would be the appropriate term these days), I read all the magazines and such throughout the 90's and 00's. I remember reading about his tough upbringing and his dating Paris Hilton and some of his partying, etc... But I never knew how bad his drug and alcohol abuse really was. After reading this, to say that I'm surprised he's actually alive today is not an understatement. He delves right into the affect his home life had on him becoming a child star. Hard drugs, alcohol and partying became his getaway. And as we all know, he's not the only Hollywood Star out there that this becomes their lifestyle as well. The fortunate part is Nick was eventually able to seek help and live to see another day.

This book is actually quite enlightening into how far Nick has come. He may not be a professional, but telling his story and providing feelings, thoughts and advice on what has helped him overcome his darkness is never a bad thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Jan. 7 2014
By Sarah
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Loved this book it's not just about nick carters life it is a self help book that would help anyone change your mindset and want to live a better life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very true to his words, inspiring. Nov. 9 2013
By Kelsea
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Very interesting read. When you've been a fan for years, it's hard to read this and think that you could be so oblivious to what was going on. Nick opens up completely and offers many tips and suggestions on how to deal with your inner issues before they effect your future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This isn't a biography or a self help book..it's a reality check Sept. 19 2013
By D. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a hard one to review because it reads like a self help book but I picked up more of a self realization for Nick in the pages of the book. He talks a lot about his drug and alcohol history and the steps he had to take to overcome it and while none of it was new information, it was interesting to read it from the perspective of the addict rather than some "expert" on the issue. While I personally have never had a drug or alcohol addiction, the majority of my family has so it's easy to understand what he is speaking about. Though I find it interesting that while he does delve into the issues he has with his family, and accepts partial responsibility for those issues, he doesn't clarify the role his drug and alcohol abuse played in the strained relationships with his family. In my experience, the addict often doesn't realize the toll that their addiction takes on those around them. When the nosedives happen, it's always because of something someone else has done or a perceived wrong done to them. Nick does acknowledge that he was the one ultimately responsible for his actions and the unfortunate outcome.
Throughout the book, I felt that Nick was being too hard on himself. We are always our worst critics but Nick needs to take a step back and realize that all these things that he thought was so horrible, really weren't. For example, he speaks of the movie he did a while back, Sleepy Hollow, and how horrible his performance in it was. The movie itself certainly wasn't A level material but I liked it. In fact, we have it on DVD and my kids watch it all the time. He writes about the time period around his solo album, Now or Never, as if he put a piece of garbage on the market. The album itself was actually pretty good though I would agree with his opinion that his promotion for the album wasn't his highest point. We went to see him on the Wayne Brady show during that time and you could tell he was burning his candle at both ends. Though, in his defense, he still performed well.
I can't claim that I read every single word. As a non-addict, I did skim through a bit of the addiction information as it didn't really pertain to me. However, what I did like was the fact that Nick not only presented his drug and alcohol history honestly and brutally, he also backed up a lot of the assertions he was making about his process with legitimate research and facts. So many celebrities write these types of books like they are an expert and fans eat it up. Nick didn't do that. He wrote about the physical, mental, and emotional ailments that his substance abuse caused and he gave the reader the reason why. I was especially impressed with the valuable information he gave concerning mixing difference substances which then combine to create a third substance. A lot of young people have died because they didn't understand the dangers of mixing substances.
At the end of Nick's book, he has a ton of resources for anybody going through the same type of issues he has. Wow, that made the book for me. Rather than doing the usual celebrity, "I am a survivor!" crap, he gave his readers a legitimate source for help. I applaud Nick for making sure that he provided a starting point for someone to get help.
I can see this book being purchased mainly by his fans but it would be nice if it could reach a larger audience. I am the same age as Nick and he is correct when he writes that our generation is one of the most substance addicted. The majority of my friends are either addicted, recovering, or dead. A book like this, written by someone in our age group would be an asset to a lot of the people going through the cycle of addiction.
Overall, yes, it is a good book. He doesn't spend the pages whining about what has happened to him but rather what he has done to stop playing the martyr. He clearly identifies his responsibility in what has happened in his life and the importance of getting over it, for lack of a better term. If what you are looking for is the inside story of BSB then you are going to be sadly disappointed but if you legitimately care about Nick and what he is trying to achieve in his life, then you will appreciate this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, so much better! Sept. 22 2013
By LeslieLu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I honestly wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I was not expecting what I got. This book has encouraged me to continue working on things that I want to change about myself. No I'm not a drug or alcohol addict, but I struggle with depression and can relate to some of the feelings he has towards his family. I got so much more out of this book than I ever would have guessed I would. Thank you Nick for being strong enough and brave enough to write this.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Self-help + some autobiography Sept. 17 2013
By Christina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read this book in less than two days, very simple to read. If you are expecting Nick Carter's autobiography, this is not exactly the book for you. While there is a substantial number of facts and personal stories in the book, the author focuses on his experiences with drugs, alcohol and family relationships. He repeats himself quite often, I guess, to emphasize the importance of what he has learned through his personal experience. The book consists of a combination of tips and pieces of advice from a former drug addict and alcoholic, encouragement to achieve your best and some autobiography. It is very honest and filled with what seemed to me true emotions. Hearing about the struggles a celebrity went through opened up my eyes that money is not everything, no matter how silly it may sound for many.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Nov. 8 2013
By pen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is informative and inspiring. It is not just for folks that have addictions.....it helps others better understand the issue/s.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Congrats to Nick Nov. 5 2013
By Jeannie Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I thought Nick did a great job writing this book. Its exactly what I expected. Having seen Dr. Phil's interview with Nick he said he wanted to give back and help others. I expected it to be an inside look at his past and how he pulled his life together. I congratulate Nick for turning his life around. Not many could have accomplished what he did considering the life long dysfunction he lived with in addition to the substance abuse. What an amazing roll model for everyone. That goes to show you that in spite of severe diversity, one can change their life!!!!!
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