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Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It

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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 imaginatio ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Bird Street Books
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Sharon
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
[I also reviewed this title on my blog: Ishari's Bookshelf]

Let me preface this review by saying: I have been a fan of the Backstreet Boys since they released their very first single "We've Got It Goin' On" on cassette tape back in the day. I must have worn that cassette tape out waiting for them to come back to the states and make/release their full album. I still treasure my signed group picture. And while my taste in music has grown over the years, BSB still holds a special nostalgic place in
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Sara Kelly
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Nick could probably write an entire book about tasteless poop jokes and I'd buy it, as I've loved him for 17 years.
Unfortunately, if he'd done that, it would likely only be marginally worse than this. I anxiously preordered what I thought was an autobiography, but turned out to be 90% ridiculously repetitive self help advice and about 10% autobiography. And if you are truly a diehard fan like myself and you read the book Jane Carter released in 1998 two dozen times when you were 12 years old, y
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Negar Arvanaghi
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I do not understand the negative reviews. This book was written as a means of explaining his difficulties and what he did to overcome them. I have read celebrity "autobiographies" where it is all "I did this, they did this to me, feel sorry for me!!" or "Aren't I lucky because I get to do things you won't ever be able to afford?" Here Nick Carter is offering real-world solutions to overcoming obstacles, not just drugs and alcohol. He is not writing as a rich celebrity but as a survivor. He never ...more
Katie Lüxmann
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review is somewhat personal. Growing up with the backstreet boys as a very important part of my life, my love for them and the music helped me though a lot of hard times. I innocently had an image of Nick Carter in my mind, he was my perfect man. My girlfriends and I cried together during our first BSB concert "experience" (BSB live in Orlando on Pay-per-view) and I would often wish I would find a man like Nick. I ended up marrying a man who I imagined was just like the Nick in my mind.

I dr
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Jenn
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Backstreet Boys fans
Let me just start off by saying, I am a Backstreet Boys fan. So of course when I heard Nick Carter was writing an autobiography, I jumped at it. Nick was always my favorite of the group and over the years I remember hearing some very interesting things about his personal life. It takes a lot of strength to talk about extremely personal things just to friends, but here Nick bears everything from his past for everyone. Starting from his upbringing above a night club in New York to his current rela ...more
Cara Walker
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I read this book to read more about Nick's life. I was not expecting to also learn more about my life. There were so many things I took from this book: taking care of myself, being healthy, working on my goals, focusing on the positive, and living the life I want.

My favorite quote: "You wouldn't tell a friend who is struggling that he is not worthy of success. You wouldn't constantly point out what is lacking or bad about her life. Instead, you build up your friends and encourage them by fo
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Harisa Lagji
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
The shape of my heart right now is broken as I am realizing that I am giving this a 2 star rating. Noted, I have a bias against self help books and the ~Power of Positive Thinking~ so I was not impressed with the self help part of the book. I am a fan of Nick Carter, BSB, and the stories he included in the book though. I wish it would be more that and less Positive Thinking.
Theresa Chapman
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
You can not go into reading this book about learning the secrets of The Backstreet Boys. That is not what it is about. You will not learn how many fans snuck onto a bus or did this or that. I have loved BSB since 'Quit Playing Games' came out. I am now 30 and still blast them on the stereo when they come on.

Nick's mother wrote a tell all book years ago, which naturally I read as a teenager that was crazy for him. This book is NOT what Jane wrote. You can not compare the two in ANY form.

If you a
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Leah
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars to be exact.

To be released: September 24, 2013

I'm not going to lie. In high school and college I was a huge Backstreet Boys fan. After their Black and Blue album when they took their 2 year hiatus I stopped paying much attention to them. I sort of kept up with them. I sort of knew what was going on with them. I sort of knew about their music. That means I sort of knew about Nick Carter and his disastrous ways. I knew he dated Paris Hilton and I vaguely remember hearing about the House
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Lauren
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I didn't realize when I started reading it that this book would be part memoir and part self-help. I'm not a huge self-help reader and I will admit to wanting to read this book for the "juicy gossip" it may potentially hold. But it was a very well done novel.

I've been a Backstreet Boys fan for a looooong time. Not 20 years (since I was 6 then), but at least 15. Nick has always been my favorite as well. I didn't keep up on much of the personal lives of the members of the band, so I didn't know al
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Reem
As most people who read this book, I'm a BSB fan so typically I'd pick this one to read.

I appreciate Nick's courage to open up to talk about his past and how he wishes that others learn from the situations or mistakes he experienced. I also appreciate his honesty and love how he has noticeably changed for the better even if a little. He used to be broody even in public to the point of rudeness and that's understandable for a person in such situations but it's comforting to see someone try so ha
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Nada
I grew up as a hardcore Backstreet boys fan and they were a big part of my life, however, I honestly wasn't expecting to like this book because Nick Carter was indeed my least favorite of the boys and that's the reason why I took too long to purchase it but when I finally did, I couldn't put it down. The fan in me was quite immersed that I couldn't read it fast enough.

This is not a self-help nor is it an autobiography; it reads more as a cautionary tale. Nick writes about his dysfunctional famil
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Laura Griffith
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Like other reviewers, I love the backstreet boys. I have since I was young. I also have experience with alcoholism in my family so both Nick and AJ entering rehab hit close to home for me.

First, I was expecting this to be an autobiography so I was a bit surprised when I read the first couple of pages and it turned out it was a self help book. Not what I was expecting, but I decided to read on. The book would jump into being an auto-biography and then back into being a self help book, which made
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Leonel
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
http://luhathoughts.blogspot.com/2013...

I don't know what I was expecting when I chose to read this book. All I know is that I was watching "Watch What Happens Live" and Nick Carter was a guest, and they started talking about his breakup with Paris Hilton, and that their story was in Nick Carter's autobiography. At that point, I didn't even know he had written one. So, I hunted for it, and started reading it. And I am sorely disappointed by it. I guess what I got wasn't nowhere near what I wante
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Tara
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arc
When I heard about this book, I instantly knew that I wanted to read it because I wanted a behind the scenes look at the life of a boyband member. Instead I got a self-help book with a few (SAD) personal stories mixed in. I hate writing a less than awesome review for this book because I am so glad that Nick found the help he needed and has turned his life around and is wanting to share his story with the world in order to save others headed down the same path he was on. I just felt like this boo ...more
Amy
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, there isn't a person on this planet who is a bigger fan of this delicious hunk of man meat than me. I was so friggin excited when I found out he was writing a book that I preordered it off Amazon. I liked this book. I loved reading HIS words, knowing he put his own feelings and thoughts into the pages. I've always wanted to read about his life. That being said, he did repeat himself A LOT. And this book is more or less a self help/change your life motivational book, not necessarily a ...more
Megan
The main reason I wanted to read this book is because it's written by Nick Carter and I love BSB. I liked how Nick was open and honest about things he had done and regretted, but also that he doesn't pretend to now have it all together. This book is not a tell-all, but more of a self-help with biographical memories interspersed throughout the book. I thought this kept the story interesting, even though some things were told more than once which was a little dull. I found the larger printed quote ...more
Carrie
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Nick Carter wrote a book. It is exactly what you would expect a book written by Nick Carter to be. Bless his confused little blond head. It’s a pretty terrible book. The personal anecdotes were brief, and the self-help portions were repetitive and un-authoritative. (I don’t know about you, but I watched House of Carters. I find the idea of taking life advice unsourced from Nick Carter pretty terrifying.) Nick was pretty clearly messed up for a pretty long time, and he seems to have finally turne ...more
Irena
Oct 05, 2014 added it
DNF

I got to page 176 and realized I was tired of all the repetition and self help advices anf decided not to waste my time on this book anymore.

I'm not saying it is a bad book. I'm just saying it is not for me. At least not now.

Maybe one day we'll meet again, since I already own it...
Ashley
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Nick, you know I love you but damn. Repetitive much? You should stick to making amazing music and showing us your sweet dance moves. Those are things your truly excel at. Please tell me where I can purchase house of Carter's?
Jennifer
Sorry, Nick. This book was like reading a bad college essay for an addictions class. However I did appreciate the discussions about House of Carters.
Jaime K
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is intense, and a sobering (no pun intended, really) look on Nick Carter's life. He pulls us into his past, present, and hopeful future. As I read, I can visualize pictures of him at that given point.

There is a Bibliography and a slew of references in the back, but it would have been nice for the sources to be referred to when they were brought up. There are a few times when Nick says "one source says..." but doesn't have a number or give the source. you have to go to the back and look.

I u
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Vy
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Before I start the review, I guess I should state the obvious. My undying love for the BSB, Nick in particular (he was always my favorite, typical I know), is what made me buy this book. I was around 8-9 when the BSB first blew up and I loved them and their music so much. About 20 years later and I realize that everything wasn't sunshine and butterflies within the group, and especially not with Nick. So my interest got the better of me, and here we are...

If I had to categorize this work, I would
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Stephanie
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I did borrow this book from the library after seeing this was more of a combo biography/self help. I thought to myself what qualifications does he possess that makes it ok to dish advice about the subjects he does? Being in a healthcare profession myself, I was taken aback by the warning at the start of the book stating that the author is in no way giving medical, psychological or rehabilitation advice. I can see why they had to put that warning there because it does read like advice is being di ...more
Stef
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Let's start this out with the truth, I've been a fan of the Backstreet Boys for longer than I care to remember, so the only surprise is that I haven't read it earlier.

That said, I read this book as an autobiography and an explanation of his behavior... and dear heavens did I witness some of it ... and for that I really enjoyed it. He has come such an incredible long way and got a grip on many of his struggles and it gives me so much joy to see him live up to his potential. It's written exactly
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Jaylee Neal
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Nick I've come away inspired to work on my own self and complete goals one day at a time then who knows what. I'm inspired I'm in love that now I know him better than I ever thought I would, it's deep, it's emotional and open very open he didn't hold anything back he didn't hold back talking about therapy. Defiantly this boon needs to be read by a lot of people, this was by far one of my favourites I've read
جيلان صلاح
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
"I believe good things will happen for you just as they have for me."

With these words, Mr. Nick Carter finishes his great book which is honestly part autobiography/part self-help book but in all seriousness, it is a window overlooking a brave, young man who has had it more than any of us could imagine.

As I read this book, horror turned into pity then into pride. I used to adore this man who was merely a handsome celebrity to me, just a pretty face to hang over my walls. Baby Nick, beautiful Nick
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Man-Dana Mohseni
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not only I finally got a real story about BSB's way to fame in his biography, but also how he eventually quit his old past and begin the new one! As harsh as it was, this book has been incredibly helpful to my mental illness and about the lifestyle on check. Thank you Nick!
Kookie9200
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking.
Ebony Williams
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow

Very inspirational and helpful. I needed something like this to help get going on the days I feel like I can't.
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Nickolas Gene "Nick" Carter is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, musician, entertainer and actor. He is best known as a member of the pop group Backstreet Boys. He has released two solo albums, Now Or Never and I'm Taking Off, during breaks taken by the Backstreet Boys. He has made occasional television appearances and starred in his own reality show, House of Carters. He gained fame in the l ...more
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