Most people only know her as Justin Bieber's mom, but Pattie Mallette has had an incredible journey of her own. Many people have heard of her son's rags to riches triumph. A few know she was a teen mom who had to overcome a drug and alcohol addiction. Even fewer know the rest of her story. Now, for the first time in detail, Pattie shares with the world the story of a girl who felt abandoned and unloved. Of a teenager who made poor choices. Of a young woman who attempted suicide and could hardly bear to believe that God would ever care for her. One who messed up, got pregnant, and got a second chance.
Every listener will find themselves somewhere in Pattie's painful journey of redemption. They will be encouraged by her example that what was once broken can become whole. Pattie's story will inspire listeners to believe that even in the darkest of places, there's always hope.
For those who feel unlovable, there's always love. And for those who believe they're a lost cause, there's always room for another chance.
Prior to listening to this audio book (narrated by the author) I had no idea what to expect, and a prejudicial voice told me, "Don't get your hopes up, it probably won't be very good." So it wasn't until like a year after purchasing the book that I actually listened to it, even though I am a huge fan of Justin Bieber.
Pattie Mallete, who more often than not is simply referred to as "Justin Bieber's mom," pours her heart and soul into this book about her incredible journey in life and is brave andcourageousfor doing so. She literally reveals her deepest and darkest secrets, which also include some not very flattering events about Justin's father, Jeremy.
While listening to the book, like a little kid I kept thinking to myself, "Talk about Justin already, I want to hear about Justin, this book is so dark." However, the first portion of the book where she discusses her struggles and upbringing is really the crux of the book and people who aresurvivorsof sexual abuse (and perhaps those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction) will find solace in her words.
The book also spends a fair amount of time discussing her faith in God, something not really up my alley since I am agnostic; however, she doesn'tproselytizeor shove faith or religion down the reader's throat. She simply shares from her heart, which makes this book so incredible for people from all walks of life, beliebers and non-beliebers alike. She makes it clear that she didn't force faith/religion on Justin either, but simply gave him the tools he needed to make his own decision.
I was shocked at her candid descriptions of her struggles as a survivor of sexual abuse, growing up with hardly any money, and amazed that she just refused to give up on life. As a result, she seems to be the better for it and she and Jeremy have produced a child prodigy that does more good for the world than most folks realize because, sadly, peeing in a mop bucket is more newsworthy than befriending young children with cancer; go figure!
Since the book's focus is really about her surviving terrible and sometimes horrific things, it was an added treat for her to include tidbits about her son, many which were already known; however, these gems coming from Justin's mom are definitely more meaningful than hearing or reading about them third-hand, since she was there when they happened!
Also, by her writing about her son, it confirms many events that others have accurately described in their books (such asCathleen Falsani in her book"Belieber!: Fame, Faith, and the Heart of Justin Bieber").
Also, the reader may discover many things about Justin that I don't believe have been published before by a family member; however, I say that having not finished reading his second memoir ("Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started").
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, I have recommended it to several people already. Whether a Bieber fan or not, her story and how she got through her challenges is worth the time to listen or read. I am not a fan of Justin Bieber's music, dancing, etc - but I am a huge fan of him as a person. I've seen him and his Mom on TV enough times to know that they are very real. I admire and respect both of them very much. He's adorable, respectful, and doing very well with getting through the BS that goes along with fame. That comes from a strong moral fiber...and as he always does, he has his Mom to thank for that.
What other book might you compare Nowhere but Up to and why?
Every story like this is distantly connected in my opinion. I admire when people go through challenges, are open to telling about them, and ultimately become successful, whether famous on their own, famous through relation/association, or just healthy normal everyday people. Patti very much impressed me.
What does Pattie Mallette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I just enjoy having the author tell the story because it feels more real. And her young voice reminded me how young she was though her most difficult times.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When she had reconnected with her father and what happened after that. I really appreciated her repeated references to Jeremy being a good Dad. What a classy woman she is to do that.
Any additional comments?
While I realize religion got her through so many of her tough times, it had a little too much bible references for a lot of people I've talked to.
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written in an unsophisticated manner..a little contrived at times...the author tried too hard to look like Mother Teresa to JB
i have so much respect for Pattie, she went through a lot and yet raised J so well. He's so polite and down to earth! this book change my life, literally! i'm a JB fan since the way old youtube days and i would still jump in front of a train for him ❤ Good job Pattie. You are the most amazing mom a child could ever have!
This book is but nominal. It really opened my eyes to see that there really is no struggle in life that can stop you from moving forward when you know God has your back. This book made me think full for my life and reminded me what is important.
This book was not what I expected. I was very moved by Pattie Mallette's story and although I am not a religious person I didn't feel she tried to shove her faith down my throat. It was part of her healing so an important part of the story. I could relate to her struggles so I felt her story really spoke to me. And she did a great job narrating!
Would you listen to Nowhere but Up again? Why?
Yeah!!! Its a book that just has your attention since the beginning of the book.
What about Pattie Mallette’s performance did you like?
That its actually the person that wrote the book & how you can actually visualize the scene.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yeah it got me to a point were I wanted to cry because of how people treated her and sometimes it made me laugh like were she talks like Justin.:)
Any additional comments?
This book is AMAZING I not just saying this because its Justin Bieber's Mom but she had an incredible journey & you should take time to hear her story and know how and who Pattie Mallette is.
Although the I initially bought this book to know more about Justin's childhood as a Belieber, I found it enlightening to hear Patties story and her struggles. It is not a book I could listen to all at once but broke it down in to bits allowing myself time to think about its deep content. Patrice sounds like an amazing, admirable woman!