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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  12,326 ratings  ·  1,475 reviews
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
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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
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 ...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...
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 music in
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I loved this fracking book!



I listened to the audio from my library and Im 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 its unreal.. Just goes to show youre 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 book.
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britt_brooke
A short digression: I once saw 98° before they were famous. Small town free concert, ha! Anyway, its 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. ...more
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
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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 Simpsons 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, Jessicas music (along
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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
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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.
Brianna
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bios
Yall! 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 (whos shocked?) Jess dishes on her relationship with Tony Romo (I forgot they dated?) Far better than all of these things, shes 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 is ...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. Id 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-depthher honesty was sometimes shocking, but also refreshing.

The Newlyweds, that featured
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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
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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 ...more
mindful.librarian ☀️
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. ...more
Christopher Allen
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this book in two days. LOVED it and so many things shared make you understand her so much more. It is brutally honest for good and for bad. Highly recommend if you have ever been a fan or interested in celebrity.
Catherine
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I listened to the audiobook version, which was narrated beautifully by Jessica Simpson. This book was heartfelt, heartbreaking, real, raw, honest, and genuine. I had a lump in my throat and teared up on a couple of occasions. I highly recommend reading this book, especially if you dont have the greatest opinion of her. Listening to her words definitely changed my feelings about her (for the better). I think her struggles, admissions, and life lessons will also help a lot of people. ...more
Bree Hill
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-nonfiction
Look, I think writing a memoir, sharing your TRUTH takes balls. It is not easy being vulnerable BUT Jessica Simpson is so honest while also poking fun at herself in Open Book, I just really respect what she did with it.
I think there are spaces for the really hard hitting stories and also stories like this where you feel like youve sat down for coffee with an old or new friend and they share their story.
I love the stories about the journey with accepting her body-we cant all be a size 2! I
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Ashley
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is really good, much to my surprise. For someone who has made a lifestyle out of the embodiment of dumb blonde jokes, Simpson seriously knocked this out of the park. Fantastic writing, (ghost writer or not) and the truth-telling was compelling but not salacious.

Oddly enough, she doesnt seem to dive into her Jessica Simpson empire as much as I wished she would - shes literally built a billion dollar empire making affordable fast fashion and we just hear about the Collection [capital C] in
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Kate Nazzaro
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its easy to think of Jessica Simpson as a manufactured pop-tart, and in fact that may be partially true. But this woman is seriously courageous, and incredibly resilient. Imagine not only facing, but then exposing, *everything* about your regrets, failures, body image issues, problems with your loved ones, heartache, etc. in a book. The vast majority of us wouldnt even face these demons, much less tell our entire community/family about it. She does that plus some- because she leaves herself ...more
Jen
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh, my heart. In this book, Jessica Simpson truly reminds me of why Ive always followed her so closely and adored her as my #1 favorite celebrity since her very first CD. I had started to lose hope in her in the past few years, but this book completely restored my respect for her.

This book gave me all the feelings and truly took me back in time. While I knew all the big events she talked about, the details were beyond intriguing. She brings the reader right into all the emotions along
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Laura Peden
This was so much better than I thought it was going to be. Im not really a fan of Jessicas music but I have always adored her as a person. While listening to this book we get to go BTS of her marriage & divorce with Nick Lachey & their experience with the reality show Newlyweds, her toxic relationship with John Mayer, dating Tony Romo, etc. Lots of juicy bits! She also talks about being sexually abused, her struggle with alcoholism & addiction, and being bullied for her weight. These ...more
Dallas Strawn
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very rarely do I get so sucked up into a celebrity memoir. I pre-ordered it because I thought there'd be some funny stories I'd laugh at about her past relationships and film sets.....but it was a really touching heart warming book about finding herself again after a lot of trauma in her life, and it did have the funny stories as well. Really great for fans of Ms. Simpson.
Tina
I picked this up on a whim after hearing good things, and Im so glad I did! Im surprised to say this is truly one of the best celebrity memoirs Iveever read. Jessica has been journaling since she was 15 years old and gives very depth details about her life. She spares nothing- we follow along as she goes from choir singer to failed mouseketeer to owner of billion dollar clothing line and wife and mother. She really doesnt hold anything back, but it wasnt salacious and she didnt try and make ...more
Veronica Adderley
What a beautiful, imperfectly perfect, raw, honest look at Jessicas life! Lots of behind the scenes of her childhood, abuse, bullying, marriages, relationships, personal struggles, family dynamics & inner thoughts.
Loved this book! So glad I read it! I admire people who are able to be vulnerable, work on themselves & be real. And Jessica did all that & more in this book. It was lovely that she narrated the audible version and there is a special treat at the end of Jessicas new music.
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Kat
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lets be honest, it has never been Jessica Simpsons music that has made her dear to us. Do we neeeeed a memoir from a 30 something? Nope. But here we are, and Jessica Simpson has delivered a memoir thats nostalgic, witty and surprisingly honest. Frankly, it was weirdly satisfying to witness one of the pop stars from my teen years deliver on the forever idealized promise that theyre just like us. Here, Simpson shares her all too relatable struggles with body image, self esteem, addiction, family, ...more
Lost in a Book
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, 2020-books
Wow, she doesn't hold back. The title is definitely appropriate. I had a roller coaster of emotions as I listened from sadness all the way to LOL.

Recommended
Sarah
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Happy Reading, friends!

I listened to the audiobook of OPEN BOOK by Jessica Simpson. When I first heard Jessica was writing a memoir, I was not interested in reading it. I figure I'll get some juicy tidbits during the press tour & that will be good enough for me.

Well, the more I read about the book, the more I thought I may pick it up. On publication day, I throw caution to the wind &
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Kristi
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had middling expectations going in to this one, as Jessica is not known for her way with words (in the intellectual sense), and seemed to be giving away all of the goss-y secrets during the huge media campaign around the release of the book, so what was the point in reading? Yall - I couldnt put this down. Honest, humourous, salacious, religious but not preachy, sentimental yet determined, I couldnt get enough. I actually wanted a 4 hour plane ride home from vacation to be longer so I could ...more
Robyn
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading OPEN BOOK due to immense Twitter hype. I like that it challenged my misconceptions about Jessica Simpson (hey now, I came of age during the NEWLYWEDS era). Is this the best memoir I have ever read? No, but it is well done. I wouldnt read it again, but if youre interested in a story of triumph (especially over media expectations and continued family and relationship-based hardship), this book is worth a read.

Also, JFC, John Mayer. Get out of here.
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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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