Canadian pop-star ‘Just Getting Started’ in new book
Published: Monday, September 24, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 18:11
Justin Bieber fever has become an epidemic - which may be exactly what the 18-year-old Stratford native-turned-pop phenomena has in mind. Typical Bieber symptoms: uncontrollable screaming, spending hours on social networks tracing his every move, trampling other fangirls and camping out overnight just to catch a glimpse of the Bieb.
Bieber took the book world by storm with First Step 2 Forever: My Story, back in 2010, in which he related his Canadian experiences, growing up in a public housing complex, and how his single mother raised him while working two jobs and his growing stardom. Marc Shapiro’s Justin Bieber: The Feverand then Ronny Bloom’sJustin Bieber: Get the Scoop followed. That same year Chas Newkey-Burden put out Justin Bieber: The Unauthorized Biography.
And now two years later, with 21 million Twitter followers and 43 million Facebook fans, Bieber’s penned his second book, Just Getting Started, released on Sept. 13.
In Just Getting Started, Bieber hones in on his tales from traveling on a world tour and giving props to his “Beliebers,” a term coined for his fan base. He also talks about giving back to the community, inspiring his fans, and the importance of family. Chapters highlighted in the book focus on how Bieber is seeing the world, how he’s in it to win it, setting an example, growing up, taking a stand - even giving shout-outs to king of pop, the late Michael Jackson and famed NBA MVP Kobe Bryant. And then there’s that oh so dramatic paternity suit that plastered media tabloids last year.
But even amid all the drama, Bieber said it’s still all about the music:
“I feel like it’s my responsibility to be the greatest I can be. If I start making terrible music, I don’t expect people to like me. But as long as I’m making great music, then there’s no reason for people to dislike me. People just need to take a chance and listen. I’m here for a reason, and I’m here for a lifetime.”
Bieber consistently and compassionately shows love towards his devoted “Beliebers,” highlighted comments to and from throughout the book. He thanks them for getting him where he is now.
“You are all the reason that I am where I am, and even when times are tough, you all make every moment worthwhile,” he said.
“While the shirtless photos might have fans drooling, it’s some of the singer’s more intimate revelations that will leave them swooning,” said MTV pop-writer Jocelyn Vena, who pointed out that readers could certainly see Bieber’s life revealed through the book’s visuals.
The words aren’t too bad either.
“People ask me how I do it - you know, what’s my secret to success,” Bieber highlights in the book’s early chapters. “I tell them not to be afraid to do the things in life that scare you or that you think are too hard to handle. Do what I do, and run toward them, embrace those challenges as opportunities and see how fast your life will change too!”
While somewhat of a typical syrupy tone that you could expect from a pop-star like Bieber, he puts immense time and effort to displaying his career and personally connecting with fans - a sure four stars for all those true Beliebers worldwide.
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