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Jessica Simpson memoir

Open Book by Jessica Simpson


Book Summary:

Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she’s kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining.

This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn’t want to lie.

Jessica couldn’t be authentic with her readers if she wasn’t fully honest with herself first.

Now, America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she’s never shared before.

First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talked about, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom and inspirations she’s learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture cliché’s — “chicken or fish,” “Daisy Duke,” “football jinx,” “mom jeans,” “sexual napalm…” and more. Open Book is an opportunity to laugh and cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.

Publication Date:

February 4th, 2020



My Review:

Jessica Simpson

Open Book

Who else was super excited when they saw Jessica Simpson was writing a memoir?!⁣
I have always felt a strong connection with Jessica, I think mostly because I was a teenager at a similar time as her. I followed along as she shared (on TRL of course) matured, married, and shared her life on Newlyweds.

There was nothing like picking up the latest gossip magazine when you were waiting in line at the grocery store and seeing what your favorite celebrities were up to.⁣ The show Newlyweds was way before social media and really was one of our first peeks into “life” behind the scenes of a star. I was obviously just devasted like millions of others when she and Nick broke up because I felt like I “knew them”.

Since then I have felt some kind of kinship with Jessica and have always found her very endearing. When I started this memoir on audio I wasn’t sure if it would be a cringeworthy 11 hours as a “tell-all”. Surprisingly, I ended up finding it to be quite enjoyable and even relatable.

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Open Book on Audio HERE

Our lives, of course, are very different but her vulnerability was refreshing. While she did air some “dirty laundry” (and I was here that for that!!) it was in a way that was still compassionate which I so appreciated. I loved hearing about the work she has done to better herself and her self awareness was a pleasant surprise.

Open Book was the perfect mix of being total brain candy while also being a great reminder about how wonderful and helpful it can be to share both the highs and lows of our lives, whether it is in front of millions of people are just in our smaller circles in our everyday lives.

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