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Open Book by Jessica Simpson
Genre: Non-Fiction Memoir | 416 Pages | Published: 02.04.20 by Dey Street Books
Book Jacket Synopsis:
Jessica 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.
Book Links: Amazon
Review & Thoughts
Non-Fiction memoir is one of my favorite genres. I enjoyed the audiobook which was narrated by the author. Going into this I had no idea that she’d been through such difficult times in her life. I grew up listening to and loving her music but never knew much about her as a person.
I found myself tearing up in spots of her book where she talks about some truly rough situations and smiling at other parts of her story. I love how authentic and vulnerable she was with her writing and I look forward to discovering her other books. I have a newfound respect for her after learning about all she’s been through and admire her resilience and honesty with herself.
Recommend for: Fans of Jessica Simpson, fans of non-fiction memoirs
Book Format & Source: Audiobook via Libby app
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