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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 a
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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Dey Street Books
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I feel weird giving this a star rating because it's a memoir bUT UHHHHH this was a fucking blast and now I'm going to go watch dukes of hazzard For Science ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Really Into This
Easily one of the best memoirs I've read, or had read to me. Between Jessica narrating her personal thoughts and the songs included in the tracks, it felt like I was having drinks with an old friend and catching up. Her vulnerability was easily showcased, yet Simpson had no issue making a few laughs at her own expense, which is always a win in my book. Even if you're not a fan of the pop star version of Jessica Simpson, Open Book is a memoir that is well worth your time, and I highly recommend l ...more
Danielle
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I kinda feel bad, cause I would totally be the lady who’d call Jessica Simpson ‘Brittney Spears’. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I’m not one to ask for selfies though, lol. The only things I really knew about her: Newlyweds, married to Nick from that boy band, kinda dumb, pop singer. Guess I can say, I sold her short. 😀 Her book was surprisingly candid and human and real. She really put it all out there and was honest about the mistakes she’s made. She’s a wife and a mom. Plus she’s a very smart and successful bus ...more
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Absolutely one of the best celebrity memoirs I have ever read. Every chance I had over the past two days I've spent devouring this book.

Excuse me while I try to find old episodes of Newlyweds to stream and deface any pictures I can find of John Mayer...
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Tatiana
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want some Lachey, Mayer, Romo scoop, but not enough
Shelves: 2020, non-fiction
2.5 stars

I rarely read celebrity memoirs anymore, because more often than not they are money-grabbing tools of self-promotion sprinkled with headline-generating tidbits of juicy goss. I personally believe that a successful autobiography must be about things larger than one's desire to set facts straight, and not many celebrities are capable of seeing beyond their self interest. That's why Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood succeeds, but Open Book doesn't.

Some of the reviews ha
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Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Well believe the hype...this book is everything people say it is. This girl couldn't be any more honest if she tried...and I love her for it! It seems like when celebrities pen their memoirs they always leave out the parts that people really want to know about. Not this girl...Jessica digs deep and lets you into her most publicized moments and how she was feeling during those times.

I loved hearing about her struggles and her success. It made her real. The fact that this girl with all her fame s
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I loved this fracking book!



I listened to the audio from my library and I’m glad I did as Jessica narrated it. I could her her voice shake at the sad parts and it meant much more to me. I could relate to so much shit in this book that it’s unreal.. Just goes to show you’re not as different from people no matter who they are in life.

I also liked she sang some of her songs at the end of the audio. I do plan on getting this on Audible and the hardback to put post it notes for key points in the boo
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Christy
4 stars
“Sometimes we are all so afraid to be honest with ourselves because we know that honesty will lead to somewhere.” I wrote this ten years ago. “Can fear walk us to something better?”

I enjoyed this book so much. After reading, I feel like there is so much more to Jessica Simpson than meets the eye. With Jessica only being a few years older than me, I watched her rise to fame (I was actually a big fan of her sister when I was in high school) and fondly remember listening to her
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Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
5 stars!

Honest and endearing. Painful and powerful. Heartbreaking and hopeful.

This is the story of Jessica Simpson - singer, reality tv star, fashion mogul, wife and mother. I have always really liked her but never followed her reality tv career, although I followed her through all the headlines she made throughout the years. This was an extremely honest and vulnerable look into her life - past and present. She welcomed us into her heart, shared her innermost thoughts, her daily journal entries
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Brandice
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grew up liking Jessica Simpson and her music, and was interested in reading Open Book, after hearing so many great things. I chose to listen to the audiobook, narrated by Jessica herself.

Jessica talks about growing up in Texas, her pursuit of music, including her audition for the Mickey Mouse club, and the death of her cousin Sarah, which deeply impacted her. Later in the book, she also talks about the Jessica Simpson fashion line — I had a yellow JS handbag and a few pairs of JS shoes in col
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Elyse  Walters
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook....library overdrive...read by Jessica

I knew next to nothing about Jessica Simpson, ( singer, actress, fashion designer, author), ....but several people mentioned her book was good.
I decided to bite.

A few basic highlights:
.... she grew up in a church going family and performed in church choirs.
.....born in July, 1980
....at the age of 16, she signed a debut album, ‘Sweet Kisses’, with Columbia records, in 1997. It sold 2 million copies in United States.
....More albums....more commerci
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Jessica Woodbury
The prologue and first chapter of this book are so good that I was legitimately thrown. It turns out they're the best chapters in the book, but if you're going to be really good somewhere that's the best place to do it. And those chapters set enough of a tone for the rest of the book that it's easier to settle in.

I wasn't really planning to read this particular celebrity memoir. I read a bunch last year and felt a little played out. But I kept hearing it was good and worth checking out, and I wa
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Jenna
Aside from a deadly raging mutant virus that emerged to sweep the globe - that I loved this book SO much is probably my greatest surprise of 2020!

Long Review Alert: I’m about to go all Open Book about Open Book!

When it came to the ultimate teen trifecta of the 2000s? I originally skewed Xtina, or maybe Britney - NOT Jessica. Now, I never had anything against her, and I always thought she was smarter and more talented than she ever got credit for: I just thought that I had absolutely NOTHING in
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Christy
I was never really a fan of Jessica Simpson's music back in the day, but when her reality show came out when I was in High School I absolutely loved it. Seems like that was a time when reality TV was fairly new (at least to me) and I was so there for it! I had to buy all the seasons on DVD and grew to love her down to earth, silly personality.

After that I pretty much lost all track of her and only saw the occasional picture or tabloid story. I never knew she dyed her hair brown! I had to look th
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britt_brooke
A short digression: I once saw 98° before they were famous. Small town free concert, ha! Anyway, it’s so hard not to like Jessica Simpson. In this candid memoir, she shares her life story thus far including details of her very public, high-profile relationships. Juicy? Yes. But also brutal. Her endearing nature makes me believe her side. I had no idea she has battled addiction. This is a solid and emotional celebrity memoir.
Regina Housh
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
A very self centered person who thinks she is special. Watch VH 1 for a much shorter version so you can read something substantial to refuel your soul.

I would not recommend this book. The only interesting parts have been revealed in the press. The rest is just self centered fluff.
Kelly
I did not anticipate this to be as good as it was, but it's a pretty freaking good celebrity memoir. Simpson is endearing, even when she is clearly as ditzy as she comes across, and throughout, it is very clear she's tenderhearted to a fault. But what really struck me was how many men took advantage of that very thing about her to hurt her. John Mayer? Dick. Nick Lachey? Dick. None of this is surprising, but oh boy, does it come out.

Readers who love celeb memoirs will enjoy this one. I have no r
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Brianna
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bios
Y’all! This book is absolutely wonderful. Yes, Jessica spills the tea. She lets you know exactly what happened behind the scenes of her reality show and her marriage to Nick. She tells us how narcissist John Mayer is (who’s shocked?) Jess dishes on her relationship with Tony Romo (I forgot they dated?) Far better than all of these things, she’s raw and real about her entire life; about abuse she went through as a child, about plastic surgery, about her alcohol problems. Not to mention, Jessica i ...more
KMS
Feb 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
I've always liked Jessica Simpson's music and clothing line so I thought I would really like this book. But, I didn't because it really is ridiculous unrealistic Hollywood fluff. I think it just affirmed that she seems to be a not too bright but beautiful celebrity that proved she cannot relate to normal people. She wrote a book about how she has been an alcoholic for a long time despite always being hyper focused on her children. She talked incessantly about loving herself and letting go off al ...more
Jodi
Mar 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Meags
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

At times laugh-out-loud funny and at others deeply moving and sometimes even shocking, Jessica Simpson’s autobiography is (brutally) honest, genuine and full-tilt entertaining.

Jessica holds nothing back, talking her readers through the ups and downs of her tumultuous life, reflecting on her faith, her music career, her relationships, motherhood, and even her decades-long personal struggles with her weight and alcohol addiction.

As a teenage girl of the late nineties, Jessica’s music (alon
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Sara
Note: I don't rate biographies/memoirs.

I'm so glad I picked up the audio for this. I'd never have called myself a Jessica Simpson fan. She was just a bit too 'Jesus take the wheel' for me, but I took the overwhelming positive reviews for this and ran with it. And Jessica really does come across as a warmhearted, genuine woman. She's deeply candid in this, and as her voice breaks talking about her more vulnerable moments, I found myself drawn to her story.

It's a story filled with sadness, faile
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Corina
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know what to expect BUT I love a great celebrity memoir. These kind of books allow me a glimpse behind the curtain so to speak, that otherwise would have been closed.

So far I've read
Becoming by Michelle Obama , Open by Andre Agassi , Born Standing Up A Comic's Life by Steve Martin , Born a Crime Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah , Life by Keith Richards , Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming
all were utterly fascinating to me. Open Book was no exception.

This book is for the author's fans, and although I never was one, I nevertheless enjoyed it. It was well put together, well written, entertaining, blunt, open, and all in all a really good memoir.

The book chroni
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Amy Imogene Reads
I’m honestly floored, what a stellar memoir.

I'm embarrassed to say that I thought I had Jessica Simpson pegged in the context of 2000s pop star. I was a bit too young to really follow her life in the moment, but I grew up knowing her as the hot blonde from The Dukes of Hazzard, and definitely didn't think about her deeper than that.

This really changed my opinion. I cried more than once? I laughed a lot? I felt all of the feelings? I also felt empathy on the deepest level for her situation in p
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Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
I'm not sure how I ended up reading this but I'm honestly glad that I did!

I wasn't a huge fan of pop music but even I knew as a teen that Jessica was overshadowed by Britney and Christina. She had a phenomenal voice but for some reason she never quite reached the same level of fame.
Then came MTV's Newlyweds and I was so irritated by the dumb blonde routine. She was obviously a talented and smart woman but embraced what she thought was expected of her. Nick and Jessica were everywhere. Then came
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Mediaman
This overly-long and at times rambling book is, like its subject, an interesting mess. While Simpson claims to be an "open book," in truth this is a carefully selected group of stories in which she constantly tells us how smart, talented, and vulnerable she is, claiming that she wants to be a role model and that she wouldn't change one thing from her life. If that's true, she's really the most delusional celebrity ever to write a memoir.

Instead she comes across as a ditzy, dumb, man-hungry, anti
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Michelle
I’ve been a Jessica Simpson fan since I saw her very first video in 2009, “ I Wanna Love You Forever.” She came out like a ray of sunshine amongst a bed of sunflowers , no auto-tune necessary, in a regular everyday outfit not having to bare it all, and easily one of the most beautiful girls I’ve seen in my lifetime. While she belted out her beautiful lyrics, I fell in love with everything that she stood for. A southern; classy girl who didn’t have to be a size zero to be her own success story. “ ...more
Robyn
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Sparrow Stars

What exceptional candid insight to self-discovery, and self-acceptance! This also had a strong spiritual element, which in particular drew me to choose this read. I’d always been curios about the teen pop star, Jessica Simpson and how she made it big with the help of her preacher father/manager. Then, went on to build her own billion dollar fashion line with her mother. This book goes in-depth—her honesty was sometimes shocking, but also refreshing.

The Newlyweds, that featured
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Kate Olson
This audiobook is everything ❤️ the life of a celebrity I paid a LOT of attention to at a certain time of my life (Newlyweds, anyone??), but so much more. Overcoming abuse, addiction, the horrible gaze of the public and so much more. The story is written with a co-writer and they did an amazing job with it. Hilarious at times and so inspirational throughout. The music at the end is outstanding as well. Definitely do this one on audio.
Britany
The only major bummer with reading celebrity memoirs is that unless you're one of the first to read them, everything shocking within them has already made headlines.

I was always a Jessica Simpson fan, and hearing her narrate her memoir was a real delight. I think even if you weren't a fan, you'd enjoy her fresh perspective. Her voice broke multiple times and I could tell the things in her life that really pushed her to the edge. I appreciated her candor and it's ridiculous to look back on the la
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Jessica Simpson is an American singer, actress, philanthropist and fashion designer. Simpson rose to fame in the late 1990s starring with her then-husband Nick Lachey in the MTV reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. She has seven Billboard Top 40 hits, and has two gold and three multi-platinum RIAA-certified albums.

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