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In this intimate memoir, actress and musician Jamie Lynn Spears opens up for the first time, telling her unfiltered story on her own terms.
You’ve read the headlines, but you don’t know Jamie Lynn Spears. The world first met Jamie Lynn as a child star, when it was her job to perform, both on set and for the press. She spent years escaping into different characters on All That and Zoey 101. But as she grew up, faced a teen pregnancy, raised her daughter on her own, pursued a career, and learned to stand on her own two feet, the real Jamie Lynn started to take center stage– a raw, blemished, and imperfect woman, standing in her own power.
Despite growing up in one of America's most tabloid-famous families, Jamie Lynn has never told her story in her own words. In Things I Should Have Said, she talks frankly about the highs and lows, sharing what it was like traveling the world as a kid, how she moved into acting and performing herself, what life as a child star took from her, and the life-changing reality of becoming a teen mom. She talks about how she finally found love and how the mistakes she has made have taught her more than anything else. She also shares vulnerably about how the ATV accident that nearly took her daughter's life brought her back to her faith and caused her to reevaluate and redirect her life.
Frank, courageous, and inspiring, Things I Should Have Said is a portrait of a wife, momma, sister, daughter, actress, and musician doing the best she could to show up for herself and teach her daughters to have the courage to love every part of themselves, too.
Wasn’t What I Anticipated
I started this book, like many, to get a glimpse of Jamie Lynn’s side of the story. When the book started out, I was concerned this was going to be more of a self-argument of how talented she believes she is, and it was hard getting through the first third of the book. I also was a little frustrated at the lack of complete sentences, split infinitives and grammar mistakes.
However, once she got into her life as mother is when the book really had meaning. I honestly feel her story about being a teen and single mom to marriage and her daughter’s accident is where the story really is. I was brought to tears by the events that occurred during and after the accident, and I admire her strength and resilience to have made through those moments.
However, I think the ending of the book would have been better served if it occurred after the resolution of Maddie’s incident.
She has a quote at the end of her book about how she would never blame anyone else for her mistakes, and how the public may hear more about Britney’s situation, but it won’t be from her. The problem with that is she spends most of the book talking about how some mistakes she made were a direct result of her parents’ actions in how she was raised, and goes into detail about her rift with Britney. She also said things about her father, brother and ex that I think probably should not have been aired to the public, especially given her stance on keeping family issues private.
In summary, her personal triumphs as a teen mom, wife and adult mother really are where she shines in this book, and I wish it had been kept to just that.
Tomato, tomato, I’m throwing tomatoes
A book of lies
Claims the book is in about her sisters yet mentions her over 250 times. Make that make sense.
A book of lies by someone who stood by while her sister was oppressed. It’s complete garbage.