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Backstreet Mom: A Mother's Tale of Backstreet Boy AJ McLean's Rise to Fame, Struggle with Addiction, and Ultimate Triumph [Paperback]

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Item description for Backstreet Mom: A Mother's Tale of Backstreet Boy AJ McLean's Rise to Fame, Struggle with Addiction, and Ultimate Triumph by Denise I. McLean & Nicole P. Gotlin...

Backstreet Boys' Alex McLean's mother Denise shares the difficult times of raising her son in the midst of his fame and discusses her sons battle with substance abuse.

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One of the most successful groups in music history, the Backstreet Boys have sold 65 million albums to date, and AJ McLean, the tattooed bad boy of the group, has fans throughout the world. An integral part of the Backstreet Boys from the very beginning, AJ's mother, Denise, traveled with the group and served as their publicist and fan club coordinator. In close proximity to the successes and heartbreaks of her son's career, Denise watched her son's painful descent into alcoholism and depression. This revealing account tells the tale of AJ's rise to superstardom, his descent into addiction, and his struggles through rehab, and offers a look at the harsh world of the music industry. A candid and heartfelt story, this book will appeal to fans of the Backstreet Boys, readers interested in behind-the-scenes music industry stories, and mothers with children who have substance abuse problems.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.88 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2003
Publisher   Benbella Books
ISBN  1932100156  
ISBN13  9781932100150  

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More About Denise I. McLean & Nicole P. Gotlin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Denise I. McLean is the mother of AJ McLean of the Backstreet Boys. She has been interviewed numerous times, including a "20/20" interview with Connie Chung and interviews on MTV, VH1, and the "Howard Stern Show," She lives in Windermere, Florida. Nicole P. Gotlin worked with the Backstreet Boys for nine years as their managerial assistant as well as the operations manager of their Orlando-based office. She lives in Orlando, Florida.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Backstreet Mom: A Mother's Tale of Backstreet Boy AJ McLean's Rise to Fame, Struggle with Addiction, and Ultimate Triumph?

The love between a mon and a son.  Feb 29, 2008
I just finished the book, and I must say I loved it. I have since I was 11 been a huge fan of The Backstreet Boys and always liked Alex. This book really gives you anything you ever wanted to know about the boys road to sucess and Alexs life from he was born to he came out of recorvery. Really worth reading.
New Outlook  Feb 10, 2008
First, I purchased this book because I was interested in AJ McLean(and maybe the pictures haha) being that he was my favorite member of BSB.

When I finished it, my eyes opened up ALOT more about him and his life. I already knew he had problems and knew about run down of what his life was (basics) and about the addictions and drinking.

It was such a coincidence, that alot of what Denise was saying was exactly what happened in my life (except the alcohol, drugs and fame). I didn't realize that I realted so much to AJ it wasn't even funny. So much so I used this book as citation's for a paper about me that was published at school.

I highly recommend this to any BSB fan or non fan who likes to read about a struggle of a young man's life that leads to ultimate triumph. Very enlightening.
brilliant  Sep 22, 2007
a book that gave me a better view of famous people's lifes. they are not all that they appear to be. worth buying spec. if you are a fan of AJ but good also if you have a friend or family member going through a tough period
A good read but...  Feb 9, 2007
Focusses a lot more on her and her work for the group than I'd have liked, but overall good.

She provides a no-holds-barred look at Alex's decline as an addict, her own denial of his addictions, his manipulative behaviour (same as any addict's), his rock bottom, and his struggle to recover.

It's a bit unclear if it covers only his first recovery or if it covers his relapse and second recovery as well which is frustrating.

Definitately a must read for any die-hard BSB or Alex Mclean fan though!
Backstreet Mom  Mar 3, 2006
I would highly recommend this book not only to any Backstreet Boy fan. This book shows us all that no matter the challenge life throws at us and how difficult we think it sometimes is, only we have the power to change and most importantly we CAN change. A.J McLean along with his mother Denise should be commended. You are both an inspiration. Thankyou for sharing what would have been the most challenging and difficult time in both your lives with us. A book I will treasure!

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