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Givin' It Their All: The Backstreet Boys' Rise to the Top [Kindle Edition]

Sherri Rifkin
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Book Description


There's just no stopping these funky five from Florida. One of the hottest music groups around, the Backstreet Boys (BSB) launched themselves to superstardom in an amazingly short time, topping the charts and winning awards all over the world. Everyone's heard the smooth harmonies and jamming beats of these all-American heartthrobs, but do you really know what makes them tick?

GIVIN' IT THEIR ALL is the ultimate source for finding out the real scoop about BSB. Learn the secret details of each and every Backstreet Boy--Kevin, the group's unofficial leader; A.J., the talker; Howie D., the peacemaker; Nick, the youngest boy in the pack; and B-Rok, the joker. Hear of the group's  magical beginnings and discover how the boys first conquered the world overseas, then returned to the States to burn up the charts on their home turf. Plus, get the 411 on their love lives, future plans, slamming style,  and the unique ways the dedicated fans are keeping the Backstreet Pride alive.

An unauthorized biography

Includes a Bonus BSB Resource Guide with info on how to find, access, and buy cool BSB stuff!

From the Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Hi. I'm the editor on this book. I wanted to do this book because The BSB are great--and only getting better! I knew there were lots of fans out there who wanted the details on each and every Boy (personally, my favorite is Kevin!). The problem was: there was info available overseas (because that's how the Boys made it big first), but not much here in the States! So we made sure to put in lots of stuff in here--the band's beginnings; the 411 on the Boys' love lives; their future plans; all about their style; and even special astrological profiles on each Boy! There's also a BSB Resource Guide with info on how to find, access, and buy BSB stuff! I really enjoyed working with the author, Sherri Rifkin. Sherri really got into each boy and found out as much info on every one of them as she could. She became friends with other BSB fans, and we've got some of their personal takes on the boys in here. I hope you and your friends enjoy the book; I know I did!

--E. Zack, Senior Editor, The Ballantine Publishing Group

About the Author

Sherri Rifkin, formerly an editor at Random House, Inc., in New York City, is the coauthor, with Andrea Valeria, of Illuminated Choices: The Essential Guide for Making Astrologically Informed Decisions, which will be published by Harmony Books in 1999. Currently, Ms. Rifkin is a freelance writer and consultant for various Web sites.

Product Details

  • File Size: 798 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (December 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G60AZO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars I thought this book was good! June 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I think this book has lots of info, and some stuff you probably don't know, but there are two downsides to this book. It needs more pictures number one, and also the author of the book repeats some stuff too much. One other thing, that you can't really blame on the book, is that when they talk about releasing albums in different parts of the world, it gets a bit confusing! Otherwise, I thought this book was really great, detailed and gave an interesting view of the boys rise to fame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Informative July 21, 2000
A Kid's Review
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I read the book I fought out how they first met each other. Their personal background, how they grew up as a child. I fought out that A.J., Kevin, and I went through the same thing growing up{if you know about those two and what happened in their life.} I love the Backstreetboys and I found out that they try every possible thing they can to make their fans happy. I think that if a Backstreetboys' fan wants to know everything about them they should get this book..It also, has awesome pictures of the group. So, if your a BSB fan I advise you to buy the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring July 29, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was a huge Backstreet Boys fan when I bought this book, but I still found it incedibly boring, with no new information. Buy a better BSB biography, if you can find one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Facts Without A Lot Of Fluff. May 16, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Backstreet Boys are just some kids who had dreams of being pop stars. While people frown on this band as well as Nsync and other "Boy-Bands", they fail to value the potential positive influence such groups can have on our youth. And while those people are to busy doing that, you have the media who play on the emotions of teenaged girls (boys in regards to ChristinaA) and make these fine young artist into perfect-can-do-no-wrong idols and lead young girls to hope that somehow THEY will one day call one thier mate for life. This book does none of that but presents it's case in a down-to-earth manner in which fans can relate to. This can be a positive influence as well as an inspiration to the readers. So go out and get this for your little girl who adores these artist, it will at least get them off the TV for awhile. And it's better than all that teen-mag-fluff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is grreaat!!! I am OBSESSED with the Backstreet Boys! I expecially luv Brian and Nick. But this book makes me luv all of boys that make up the Backstreet Boys, each in a different way. I learned about each of them individually, and I have stuff in common with each of them. I learned about what happened before they hit it big in the US. And I also learned how to tell if a BSB is flirting with you. God, I hope I can use this info in the near future. Anyways, this book is great, and everyone should get it! Keep the Backstreet pride alive! BSB4EVER!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was very imformative and interesting to read!!!!! November 27, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I recently read the Backstreet Boys biography " Givin' It Their All", and I must say, I was impressed. With the limited amount of BsB biographies for fans such as myself to choose from, this one outshines the competion. It gives you the basic information included in every biography ( how they got together,extended information on each member,etc.) but it also had some info that I didn't expect to read, such as some of the crazy things fans have done for the Backstreet Boys, info on the BsB's love life, and tons more. It even had a section on the best BsB websites on the Internet. I learned alot about the Backstreet Boys that I didn't know or had thought about before, and I consider myself a pretty big fan of the Backstreet Boys, having read four bographies so far. All in all, I highly recomend this book to all BsB fans, including the ones who don't really know much about them and the ones who have read just about everything on them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BSB Rises to the Top August 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Fave Five rise to the top with girls all over the world screaming they're heads off. The young men have come along way. First it was harmonizing to staring on the Regas & Kathy Lee Show. The five guys hve many stories to be told,but it seems Nick (Kaos) has the most. As the youngest he is also the populariest. He says " The group is better than the attention." People have just now recently noticed the five guys from Florida. Their new hit on the radio is "I'll Never Break Your Heart". Girls everywhere get their heart's stopped when they hear the song. Well lets hope the group stays together and wish them all luck on any tours commin soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very informative book, even for the BIGGEST fans. October 6, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really loved this book. Being a really, really big backstreet boys fan, and wanting to know more about them, this book really did the trick. I had already read a pretty good book, but this book went a little more in depth into the BSB's lives. If you are one of the fans who's always looking for one more detail about the BSB's, this book should satisfy your needs (At least for a little while). I recommend this to anyone who likes,the BSB's, whether you liked them from the start, or you've just become a fan. It's a GREAT book, about 5 the GREATEST guys ever!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best BSB Book I Read So Far!
This is a great book! It has everything in it. This book has great pictures, personal biographies, and stories. My favorite part was finding out how crazy their fans can get! Read more
Published on November 28, 1999 by Noni
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all Backstreet Boys fans!!
This book rocked!!! It had tons of great photos, cool stories, and lots of interesting facts. Nick is my favorite, but even reading about the other guys was interesting too!! Read more
Published on May 2, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good BSB Read!!!
I have been a Backstreet Boys fan for under a year, but I have to admit I love them. My sweet <sarcasism> 19 yr. old brother got me this book for a gift. Read more
Published on April 16, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was extrordinary, filled with great facts!
This book written by Sherri Rifkin, was filled with great facts, and lots of info! Even though Sherri has never met the Backstreet Boys, she wrote it as if she met them and as if... Read more
Published on April 3, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't have it already, I recommend you buy it, NOW!!!
It was a sensational book! I learned so much about the 5 hottest guys in the world. I am so glad I bought it. I'm in the middle of reading it a 4th time.
Published on March 6, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great!!!!
I would definitely recommend this book to any BSB fan because it is so informative on every one of the Backstreet Boys, especially my favorite BSB member,A.J. Read more
Published on February 21, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn the secrets of all the Backstreet Boys
With this book you can get the scoop on all the guys and even find out which boy you are most compatable with. This book is good for any Backstreet Boy fan.
Published on February 2, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
This book was fabulous. I love AJ very much, and maybe by writing this review he will someday try and e-mail me. AJ I love you!
Published on January 23, 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but not great
Giving it Their All, the Backstreet Boys Rise to the Top is a good book, full of information. The problem is that some of that information is wrong. Read more
Published on January 21, 1999
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More About the Author

Sherri Rifkin is a writer living in New York City. Ms. Rifkin writes web and mobile content for a variety of entertainment and media clients, including USA Network, TNT, HBO, Bravo and E! Online. She is the author of a number of web, newspaper and magazine articles--including a "Carrie Bradshaw"-esque weekly web column under the pseudonym Sydney Ridgeway for TBS's launch of Sex and the City and features for the New York Post's Sunday TV section--as well as two non-fiction books: Givin' It Their All (Ballantine), an unauthorized biography of the Backstreet Boys, and Astrological Intelligence: A Practical System for Illuminating Life's Everyday Choices co-written with Andrea Valeria, a well-known astrologer in the U.S. and Mexico (Harmony). Prior to dedicating herself to writing full time, she was a cable television marketing executive at Bravo and Oxygen, in charge of online marketing at HarperCollins and a book editor at both Harmony Books and Ballantine Books. In September 2007, she was awarded a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) in Amherst, Virginia. She is currently at work on her second novel.

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