Jessica Simpson’s Open Book is the searingly honest and tell-all memoir of one of the early 2000’s most popular and gossiped-about pop stars.
Jessica Simpson was America’s sweetheart for a few glorious years in the early 2000s. She tells all about that time in her life – her successes, her major failures, and everything in between, before, and after. This is a quintessential celebrity tell-all memoir.
Please take caution while reading Open Book if any of the following topics may trigger you:
- Sexual assault / molestation / pedophilia / child abuse
- Body hatred
- Pregnancy / childbirth
I have spent very little time in my 26 years of life thinking about Jessica Simpson, but dammit if I don’t love a juicy celebrity tell-all!! I heard rave reviews of this memoir and had to see what it was all about for myself. *Full disclosure: if the wait for the audio book at my library hadn’t been over 6 months, I probably would have gone the audio book route; I did enjoy the physical book, for sure, though.
Jessica Simpson’s life is very interesting and has been quite sad. From family trauma and abuse at a young age to pressure to lose weight in the prime of her fame to alcohol abuse as the fame was waning, she’s been through a lot. She holds nothing back (as far as I can tell), giving us the full story in all its ugly detail. I applaud her for that, and I’m confident sharing her story will help countless others who identify with bits and pieces of her life.
I was absolutely entertained the entire time I read this book; it’s very juicy. I particularly enjoyed hearing about her relationships (but do NOT come after John Mayer, ugh); she really lets it rip. She’s even deeply honest about her relationship with her current husband, which was extremely refreshing and real.
A few things I didn’t like. #1 – The writing is quite bland; while the stories she was telling really sucked me in, I didn’t quite connect with her voice. #2 – Jessica Simpson is extremely religious and the entire book is quite centered around that. While I’m totally cool with that and get that it’s a huge part of her life, I felt at times like it was pushed too hard and could be a tad preachy. She wasn’t judgmental at all – in fact, her portrayals of strong religious roots and the ability to still be and love herself and make decisions for herself were very refreshing – but I felt like she was preaching directly to me at times in a way I wasn’t drawn to*. *I am not religious; different strokes for different folks, you may like this about the story!
All in all, I really enjoyed this majorly juicy memoir from a celebrity whose life I knew very little about. I did a lot of googling to get imagery in my head! If you’re a fan of celebrity memoirs and gossip, I definitely think you’ll vibe with this one.
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