Apparently there just isn’t enough Justin Bieber news in the world already – the videos, songs, pictures, stories and books that adorn every facet of stores and Twitter fall short of the cravings of preteens the world over. With this in mind, Bieber’s mother Pattie Mallette has apparently signed a deal with Revell Books to release the currently titled Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom, due on September 18. The story reportedly explains her role in turning her offspring from regular Canadian youth into the world’s most famous (and perhaps annoying) teen on the planet.
The main curiosity is knowing just what can be said in a tell-all book about a person who is barely eighteen years of age. Aside from tedious stories about his romantic life with Selena Gomez, even the press has a hard time delving into his private life; and with his mother as his chaperone, how much can there be to tell? Maybe if he’d accepted Slash’s invite to a strip club the book could have a juicy chapter or two.
To make sure no one accuses her of just cashing in on her son’s success though, the book will also detail her own personal trauma, which includes the “abuse and addiction” she suffered in her youth, as well as her attempted suicide at the age of seventeen. As with all such memoirs, she told told Billboard.com that she wants the book to inspire anyone who faces similar hardships (although the cynics among us may well claim that such people are unlikely to be fans of Bieber and thus unlikely to read the book): “I want them to see that no matter how desperate their circumstances may be, they can have hope for a better future.” To prove her dedication to inspiring others, part of any profits from the book will be donated to charity.
Of course, with her son a literary genius it comes as no surprise that Justin will get credited not only in the text but in the crafting of the book too, as he will be contributing the foreword.
Aside from recording, touring, writing the foreword to his mother’s book and courting controversy in the media, Justin will be following up the success of his existing book (First Step 2 Forever: My Story, published in 2010) with Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started later this year. It has also been rumoured that he will be releasing a third book in 2015, entitled Let’s See What Happens Now I Can Legally Drink. Whether his fifteen minutes of fame will be up by then remain to be seen.