Facing the Music – Nick Carter

Nick CarterTitle: Facing the Music (and living to talk about it)
Author: Nick Carter
Publisher: Bird Street Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
My rating★★★★✫

As a teenage girl I was a big fan of the Backstreetboys and Nick Carter has always been my favorite. I know, it’s not very original. Anyways, since their album ‘In a world like this’ was released and I saw them live in concert again (for the first time since 1999) I was hooked again. They are still great. So I saw the BSB movie (Show ’em what you’re made of) in the cinema when it was released and recently I have been watching a few episodes of I heart Nick Carter (gosh, I totally love his wife as well, isn’t Lauren Kitt amazing? 😀 Yeah I might be the only fan saying that, but I just think she’s perfect for him!) and I saw that Nick wrote a book. Well I had to get my hands on that one. Okay, enough with the fangirling and on with actually writing a review.

What the book is about

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.

What I think about the book

I think the book is more self-help and only a bit of autobiography, because it is mostly focussing on how to fix your mistakes and make life better when you’ve hit rock bottom. I don’t really need a self-help book right now, but I definitely hit rock bottom in the past and there are always things to learn, so I found it quite interesting to read what Nick has done to make himself feel better and be better. My journey was definitely different, but does it really matter if one is binge drinking or binge eating? In the end there is a reason for that, there is something you’re trying to forget about. In both cases you need to learn to take better care of yourself before you can be the best version of yourself that you can be. So yes, in a way his story was similar to mine.

As someone who has gone through something similar I can only say that I agree on most of what Nick is writing. We have to stop playing the victim and we have to really want to change before we can actually make a change. I am not sure if the book will make someone see that fact though. I am in a good place right now, so for me it was something I recognized and agreed with. I can’t say what would happen to someone who is still in a bad place. Will it help? It might, if that person is willing to really work for it.

What I loved was reading about what Nick was thinking about the world, himself and how that has all changed when he started to work for it. That is something I am interested in. I love reading how people who feel depressed at first got better, because it gives you hope. Yes, things can get better. It is also good to read that in the end money isn’t going to help you feel better about yourself. This can happen to anyone. Money can in fact make things worse, as there are many bad things out there that you can buy. Of course it also makes things slightly easier on the way up, but since we need to make the change inside ourselves, I think that it’s not a big part of the story. But even though Nick is a celebrity, it happened to him. And he has found a way to deal with that. I can only respect that he has written this book, despite the consequences or what people may think. I do hope that people are going to see that and that this will make a change somehow. It is super scary to talk about this stuff, because people can be really judgmental.

Should you read this book? I think that depends on what you are expecting from it. If you are interested in how Nick Carter has found his way back to his real self after spending a lot of time in a very dark place: Then yes. If you are a Backstreetboys fangirl and you want to know everything about them? You can read it, but don’t expect the story to be all rainbows and butterflies, because it isn’t. Life can be tough sometimes and there isn’t much we can change about that. We can, however, change the way we deal with it.

The world according to Bob – James Bowen

world according to bobTitle: The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise Cat (Bob The Cat #2)
Author: James Bowen
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Paperback
Pages: 286
My rating★★★★★

In 2013 someone gave me ‘A streetcat named Bob’ as a December gift. As a catlover I really enjoyed that story and I wanted to read ‘The world according to Bob’ as well. It took me almost two years to finally do so.

What the book is about

‘Since Bob has appeared, I’ve made huge strides in my life. For more than a decade I was a homeless drug addict. I was lost to the world and had forgotten what was important in life. Now I’ve got myself back on my two feet, but as I put the past behind me, I’m still stepping unsteadily into the future. I still need help in the right direction. Bob is always there to offer guidance and friendship.’

James and his street cat Bob have been on a remarkable journey together. In the years since their story ended in the bestselling A STREET CAT NAMED BOB James, with Bob’s help, has begun to find his way back to the real world. Almost every day, Bob provides moments of intelligence, bravery and humour, at the same time opening his human friend’s eyes to important truths about friendship, loyalty, trust – and the meaning of happiness. In the continuing tale of their life together James shows the many ways in which Bob has been his protector and guardian angel through times of illness, hardship, even life-threatening danger. As they high five together for their crowds of admirers, James knows that the tricks he’s taught Bob are nothing compared to the lessons he’s learnt from his street-wise cat.

What I think about the book

‘A streetcat named Bob’ tells the story of how James and Bob met each other and how that has changed their lives. One could say that the story ends at the moment that the book was published, because it would make life easier for them. I agree that the story doesn’t end there. First of all I found it very interesting to read how they had lived while the book was still a work in progress, but I also know that life with a cat is never boring. I could write many stories about my cats and they never even leave the house.

I think Bob is adorable. The stories really won me over. Okay, I admit that I fall in love with many of those fur creatures so it’s not hard to make me fall in love with a cat, especially a red cat. Still I do think that the bond that James and Bob have is special. Not everyone connects with his pet on that level and I loved reading about them. Bob does things I recognize from my own cats, but still he is much more attached to James than my cats ever were. I mean, I never walked around outside with a cat on my shoulders. Mine have never followed me all the way down to the bus stop. That sure is special.

I am glad to find out that life has gotten better for both of them since the first novel came out, because they deserve it. They’ve worked hard for it. Even with an adorable cat in one’s life, it might not be easy to stay on the right path. James got a second chance and he grabbed it with both hands.

So if you love cats, memoirs, London or all of those things, then you must read these books for sure.

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