Justin Bieber is a teen sensation. Pattie Mallette was a teen mom.
Mallette, of course, is Bieber's mother. She writes about her difficult childhood in "Nowhere but Up: The Story of Justin Bieber's Mom." Of course, she also writes about the early years of her talented, heart-throbbing, chart-topping son.
But first, Mallette's difficult years. "I've spent most of my adult life sifting through the tangled web of emotional wounds and the debris left by the darkness in my childhood," she writes. Or her co-writer A.J. Gregory writes.
Like many books by high-profile figures, "Nowhere but Up" was written with the help of a co-writer.
Mallette's youth included sexual abuse — by more than one man — alcohol, drugs and a suicide attempt. She got her footing with the help of a Christian counselor. In the book, she writes of the place of faith in her life. "I'm really grateful to God and to all the people who have surrounded me and loved me," she tells USA Today.