The #1 New York Times Bestseller
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
As she readily admits in the early chapters of her startlingly honest memoir, Jessica Simpson boosted her fame by making herself the sexy butt of the joke. But even though she deliberately cultivated her image as the early 2000s’ hottest “dumb blonde,” the pop singer’s book—which was written without a ghostwriter—proves that she’s anything but stupid. Simpson drew on decades of her own journals to give an unfiltered account of a childhood spent trying to please adults, both at home and in the entertainment industry, and an adulthood defined by codependent relationships, addiction, and depression. At turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Open Book paints a compelling portrait of the celebrity’s complicated inner life (which she kept secret for a long, long time) and of how she got through the darkest times with the help of her family, friends, and faith.
Singer and reality TV star Simpson holds nothing back in this earnest and entertaining memoir. She tells of growing up in 1980s Texas where she was sexually abused by the daughter of a family friend, and of unsuccessfully auditioning for the Mickey Mouse Club at age 13 with Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling before going on to sign a record deal with Columbia and marrying 98 Degrees member Nick Lachey. Along the way, she details the struggles in her life, such as the pressure to support her family as a teenager, divorcing Lachey, enduring what she describes as an emotionally abusive relationship with musician John Mayer, being body-shamed in an overly appearance-centered industry, and going through bouts of heavy drinking. But Simpson ends on a positive note, discussing her billion-dollar apparel line and marriage with professional football star Eric Johnson, with whom she has three children. Her positive attitude is infectious and will have readers rooting for her as if she were a good friend. Simpson's candid and thoroughly engaging story will appeal to her fans and beyond. \nCorrection: An earlier version of this review incorrectly stated Simpson was sexually abused by a friend's sister, rather than the daughter of a family friend.
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Loved her book!
I really enjoyed reading Jessica’s story. From everything she’s been through and all the loves in her life it was so nice to see where she ended up. I actually got emotional reading her last chapter. Proud of her and wish her the best in life and sobriety.
I’m not the one for autobiographies but I’ve always liked Jessica. A friend told me I should read this book because it was THAT good. I’m glad I did! I finished it within days, I couldn’t put it down
This book made me love Jessica simpson even more. Details of her life are shared in a well written good read.