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Every Little Step: My Story

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,628 ratings  ·  313 reviews
For the first time ever, the controversial and polarizing bad boy of R&B tells the raw and unvarnished story of his life from New Edition to Whitney and beyond. In MY PREROGATIVE, Brown will for the first time tell the full story of his life and set the record straight, particularly about his relationship with Whitney Houston.

Bobby Brown has been one of the most
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Published June 13th 2016 by Dey Street Books
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Crystal Yes, I read with my teenage son (audiobook in the car). It was one brief sex portion I didn't care for but my 15 year old enjoyed it.…moreYes, I read with my teenage son (audiobook in the car). It was one brief sex portion I didn't care for but my 15 year old enjoyed it. (less)
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Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was true to what I know of Bobby Brown. Some of his stories were so outlandishly hilarious that they bordered on sounding completely unreal. However, when one considers the source, you can kind of assume he's not lying. There was triumph, tragedy, and lots of interesting tidbits. I've always wondered why Bobby kept silent for so long. Perhaps for the sake of his late wife and his late daughter? He certainly told his side of things with this memoir.

Ladies and gents, the king of
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just wow!!!

Bobby let it all out in this book. It was great to get to know him on a personal level. He told it all. He discussed his loves, his fears, the drug use, his marriage and his lost. Say what you want about Bobby, he without a doubt has made many mistakes but he is just a man trying to make it through life. This book left me with a strong admiration for his strength through his many struggles, losing Whitney and the ultimate heartache of losing his child. I'm rooting for him and hoping
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An American Classic to be honest. Get into it.
J Beckett
I'll admit, I am an incorrigible fan of biographies, but I've discovered that biographies are usually one of two things: profound hits or astronomical misses; often filled with so much fluff the story gets lost in loads of overzealous and gregarious bull. So when a copy of Every Little Step was made available to me, I was excitedly hesitant. I questioned whether I'd even read this book, after all, I knew this story. In fact, the entire world knew this often sordid, perhaps morbid, story. For ...more
Vannessa Anderson
…what has been said about me has been speculation from people who didn’t know what they were talking about. It’s usually wrong—and usually intended to make me look bad.

…That’s how public images work. They slap a label on you and that’s who you are—the facts be damned.

…Coming from the projects, to me money did mean everything—it was always a major motivating force in my life. But what happens when that motivator is taken away? What’s going to drive you if you were raised in the suburbs and didn’t
Gina *loves sunshine*
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, audiobook, 2016
giving this 3.5 stars ~ it was entertaining! So the question is....who should read this book?? Fans of Bobby Brown. I grew up in the New Edition/Bobby Brown era. My friends and I knew all the dance moves from the Every Little step video >>> <<<< just went and watched it and that was a trip down memory lane!

Anyway - my opinion on this was only written so Bobby could tell his side of the Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina
Kristen Anderson
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read, and a fast one, but I felt like there was information missing and incomplete. He was very honest about his failures and successes, which I appreciated. I would have liked to have read more about New Edition, especially his life-long friendship with Ralph Tresvant, but those years were shortchanged so he could spend several chapters trashing Whitney Houston and her family. The interludes from his children, family, and friends were a nice touch.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-memoirs
Bobby Brown as a person never impressed me much, he was simply a man married to Whitney Houston. To my surprise, I was shocked with the misconceptions about him as a person, he had to endure a lot to be seen in the public eye at the age of 14. Now I am aware that he was in a vocal group, New Edition but honestly never really had interest to hear any of his music. Mainly because I never knew much about him to determine whether his music appealed to me or not. Back to the review, this really ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I started out with the audio version of this book and 2 minutes and 35 seconds in, I said out loud to myself...."what in the hell were they thinking?" I felt like Bobby was not the best choice to read his story, but then I thought about it. It's HIS story....whom better to tell it. So after getting over my snobbish reaction to his unedited reading skills, I was floored. I really didn't know much about Bobby Brown (outside of his music), but like the majority of the world, I credited him with ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am going to be real I didn't think I would like this book but I really enjoyed it. It was written as if you were hanging out with Bobby and he was telling you about different things that happened in his life. Bobby Brown is a character which I think made this book that much better to read. Do I believe everything in the book??? I don't know but I didn't live the life he did and it is his perspective of how things were. I would definitely recommend this book though.
Desiree Watson
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Bobby Brown tells his side of the story, how Whitney introduced him to cocaine, how he made the decision to get off of drugs and how he tried to get Whitney to stop. How he wished he had been a better father to Bobbi Christina and ultimately how he remarried and found the love and peace he had been looking for. Read: September 2016
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a life!! Great book, and so glad Bobby Brown finally put his story out!
Maya B
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I really enjoyed how well this book was put together. It was as if Bobby Brown was having a conversation with his readers. Its was filled with laughter and pain. I recommend to fans.
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was actually way better than I anticipated it to be. I have a new found respect for Bobby after reading this.
Chris Blocker
Any music fan can probably tell you a story about how they first fell in love with music. For me, it was 1988. I was nine years old and my music collection was comprised of four cassettes: Purple Rain, Thriller, Bad, and "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D. I enjoyed each of these albums and many of their songs, but I hadn't fallen in love. Then I heard “My Prerogative” on the radio. It wasn't that exact moment that I became a die-hard fan of Bobby Brown, but I was certainly headed that way. Within ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this surprisingly..... he tells his life story which was really interesting. How he started the group, all the money he made, going out on his own, the relationships with his band members, relationships with women, marriage to Whitney Houston...... I would def recommend this book.
INTRO: This book is NOT appropriate for children. He glorifies drugs, alcohol and illicit sex with no remorse or maturity.

BAD: A financial ripoff! It's over 330 pages. But after nearly every chapter there is a "pro-Bobby essay" from his relatives, friends and music colleagues. One of the essays (10 pages) is written by his former mistress (now wife). Then there's a lot of very negative stuff about Whitney, of course. The remainder of the text is 1.5 spaced instead of single-spaced, thus
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
This reads like Bobby wrote it himself . . . in a not so good way. It was written with a co-author, who does a lot of these as-told-to books, but it doesn't seem like he's done much here other than present (very) lightly edited transcripts of interviews. It's also padded out quite a bit with interviews with other random people in Bobby's life, including his brother, some of his kids and Ralph Tresvant.

There's a huge emphasis on gossip, particularly as it relates to the deaths of Whitney and
Todd Bristow
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I was hoping to get more in depth stories about his New Edition days and solo career, but that part felt glossed over to spend more time on his drama days with Whitney. Probably what other people want in this bio, but not me.
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I enjoyed this book. The only problem I had with it is that I listened to it on audio....for some reason Bobby sounded like this was his first time reading the book.... his reading wasn't fluid, it was choppy like he had to read each word 1 by 1, like he was sounding the word out.
Tamara Evans
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'll be the first to admit that I've always viewed Bobby Brown as a over the top jerk who acts without thinking and could care less about anyone else. After I finished reading his biography, however, I realize that he is an actual person who have managed to survive and thrive despite being faced with tragedy.

Throughout the course of the book, the reader is given a front row seat to Bobby's childhood as well as the start of his music career, his role as a member of New Edition and his eventual
Selena Haskins
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bobby was a bubble ready to burst! I'm glad he finally had the opportunity to share it. Believe me, he has no cut cards in this book. He seemed very honest about his tough upbringing in Boston, and being with the group New Edition. He shares his side about his marriages to Whitney Houston and his current wife, and he doesn't hold back about the baby mama drama he's experienced nor with his opinions about the entertainment industry's impact on his life. Having grown up with no guidance or role ...more
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So now I'm watching "Being Bobby Brown" on YouTube because of this book...I swear all deadbeat dads must have a manual or something...because they all say the same exact's amazing how NOTHING is ever their was entertaining at parts, definitely fun to read aloud to other people (especially the ghost sex part)...I still can't believe his co-writer won a Pulitzer because the organization and writing were not that good :/
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was moderately interesting because of Whitney Houston and, by extension, Bobbi Kristina. Bobby Brown made one good album in the 1980s. He's made a lot of mistakes. I suspect he's a narcissist, and that's my armchair diagnosis. What I do know is that he's a windbag.

Read this if you really loved Whitney Houston.
Melanie Weser
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it
He's a bit whiney in telling the story of his life. I listened to the audio book and the cadence of the reading threw me off. I had to increase the speed. It was good to hear his side of the Whitney and Bobby Christina stories. There is always more behind what the media will tell.
I listened to this book and it was interesting to get his perspective from his mouth.
Anissa Sheppard
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost stopped listening in the beginning cause Bobby's reading voice was like a lil kid but I really enjoyed the story.
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Black Carrie
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs
Like I expected Bobby Brown painted himself to be the good guy and trying to justify sh*t when it happend. Imo if he loved Whitney like he said he did he would've let Robyn stay around and not let his pride get in the way especially since he was "the man". He said himself if Robyn was still around Whitney would still be here, and I believe it, all those years and she hasn't exploited Whitney's legacy. I never was a fan of his but this book was an interesting, funny, shocking read. His solo fame ...more
Diane Rembert
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a young man that grew up in Orchard Projects in Boston, Mass, found one of the most popular groups of the 90's (New Edition), had a very successful solo career, bedded plenty of women, married and divorced "The Voice" Whitney Houston, struggled with an addiction, suffered plenty of loss, and is still here to talk about it.

Meet Bobby Barisford Brown, and hear him tell his story…his way!

I went into this book, not expecting too much more than what was depicted in the @bet
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Bobby Brown is a R&B singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer and actor. Brown began his career with the pop band New Edition in 1982. His signature hit My Prerogative was released in 1988 followed by a Grammy Award in 1989 for Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance. Brown was married to the late pop star
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