Book Review: Open Book by Jessica Simpson


Title: Open Book

By: Jessica Simpson

Genre: Memoir

Pages: 416

Release Date: February 4th, 2020

Publisher: Dey Street Books

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

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. 


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My mom was the one who recommended this book to me. She wasn't a Jessica Simpson fan before, but now she is. I grew up on her music and still have her first CD. I didn't know that she struggled so much and this book really brought to life the heavy weight of stardom at such a young age. She was a lost soul, but fortunately found herself and was able to break free from the darkness that held her so tightly.

The writing was great and with each chapter the story drew me in even more. I loved reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who needs to know that their struggles can be overcome.

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