Justin Bieber memoir coming soon
Justin Bieber, the pop star who is the darling of teenyboppers everywhere, was never going to be confused with Dostoyevsky, but he seems to be creating a new class of book: the illustrated memoir. HarperCollins announced today that it would release "Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story" in October. The company said the hardcover has "exclusive, never-before-seen photos -- a must-have for fans afflicted with Bieber-fever."
The Canadian-born singer and musician has sold more than five million records since 2007, even though he didn't sign a contract until the ripe old age of 13. He said in a statement, "Every day I wake up and count my blessings. My fans have played such a large part in all of this and they help me live my dreams every day. I'm excited to share just a little bit more of my world with them through this book. Between the behind-the-scenes pictures and the story I think this is going to be something they can all enjoy."
Some cynical folks might question the literary value of a memoir by someone who recently had a Sweet 16 party. But in this era of celebrity, it makes perfect sense. Just consider another book headed our way: "Cirque Du Salahi: Be Careful Who You Trust," which tells "the Inside Story of Michaele and Tareq Salahi -- the never before revealed details of what happened before, during, and after their November 2009 appearance at the Obama administration’ first state dinner." Compared to Bieber, the Salahis (despite Michaele's role on The Real Housewives of Washington D.C. are celebrity short-timers. And at least Bieber walks the literary walk: He reportedly has a stylized seagull tattoo -- a reference to "Jonathan Livingston Seagull."
Photo courtesy of HarperCollins