Ever wonder what fame can do to you at an early age? In his book, “Facing the Music,” Nick Carter gives the reader an inside look into his life as a Back Street Boy. He found fame at the age of twelve, after entering local singing contests, while growing up in Tampa, Florida. Carter writes about growing up in his dysfunctional family, his drug use of marijuana, Ecstasy, and prescription pills, and the death of his younger sister Leslie, who died from a drug overdose, for which he blames himself. Nick was filled with guilt because he was touring with the Back Street Boys, and was not there to help his younger sister. Nick writes about how out of control he was like the time he was arrested outside a night club after a police officer told him to go back inside. Another time, after drinking all day and night with a friend, he is arrested by Huntington Beach, California, police officers for drunk driving. He writes about a valet outside a hotel, who refused to give the clearly intoxicated Carter his car keys, and gave them to his friend, who also was drunk, but faked being sober. Down the road, Carter switches places with his pal, and is only to drive a brief distance before he is pulled over. He credits the valet, who most likely called the police, for probably saving his life. It took that event for Carter to wake up and to call his manager, asking him for help in entering rehab.
Nick briefly details his BSBoys brothers in the book, including the sixth BSB, manager Lou Pearlman, whom Nick refers to as “Big Poppa.” Pealrman was taking more than half of the millions that the group was earning and they quickly ended their relationship with Pearlman.
Another interesting tidbit of information was the fact that Carter’s parents made Brian Littrell, one of his brothers in the boy band, Nick’s guardian. This made sense as Carter would be spending more time with the group, and away from his own parents.
While reading this, I was a little disappointed that Nick didn’t include more stories about being a Back Street Boy, but then I realized that this is a self-help book, written from the perspective of a person with addiction problems, who just happens to be a celebrity. He does include several self-help techniques that may be helpful to others who struggle with addiction, and for that, I am glad that he wrote the book.