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Posted December 11, 2013
Facing the Music and Living To Talk About It by Nick Carter is a
Facing the Music and Living To Talk About It by Nick Carter is a slow-paced, repetitive self-help book in which the author shares his experiences as a member of the boyband, Backstreet Boys, the health and substance abuse problems that followed, his road to recovery, and the untimely death of his younger sister, as well as what he learned from it all. This book would make a better auto-biography instead of a self-help book because Carter is far from an expert, he’s just a newly recovering addict.
I have been a fan of his group since the beginning, but I was wary of reading this book because I know that Nick is not good with words. According to Carter, this book is supposed to be a self-help book, but it seemed like an auto-biography at times, so it was confusing in certain chapters. Nick tells us about his life growing up, “My siblings and I grew up in an unconventional family.” At a young age, Carter became famous because of the Backstreet Boys, and with the fame came drugs, alcohol, and girls. Nick starts to become repetitive in his story-telling. In each chapter, he repeats the same details from previous chapters, that he’s not a doctor or expert, but then why write a self-help book. On the other hand, he tells the reader about his worst night and the doctor appointment that made him change his lifestyle which could possibly help a struggling addict. At the end of the book, Carter finally tells us how he changed his lifestyle by exchanging drug abuse for fitness. Through his workouts, he met his fiancée and fell in love, which was unlike Carter because his parents’ marriage scared him into never wanting to fall in love or get married. Instead of turning to drugs when things are bad for him, he goes to the gym with his fiancée.
It was quite difficult to get through the book because it was boring at times; his dull details about wanting to change but not knowing how could have been condensed and not repeated in each chapter. That made me question the publishers who decided to print the book. I wouldn’t recommend this book to other people, it wasn’t a great read.
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