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Open Book | Jessica Simpson
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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 living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didnt want to lie. Jessica couldnt be authentic with her readers if she wasnt fully honest with herself first. Now Americas Sweetheart, preachers daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others, but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things shes never shared before. First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talked about, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom and inspirations shes learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture clichs chicken or fish, Daisy Duke, "football jinx," mom jeans, sexual napalm and more. Open Book is an opportunity to laugh and cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.
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DLQBOOKNERD
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Pretty good.

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RebL
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Book & podcast rec: Open Book was ghost-written by Kevin Carr O‘Leary, who either has a hold on Jessica Simpson's voice or her songwriting ability translates to memoir. Though JS lays out much for the readers' benefit, she can talk around other's stories, which makes the podcast all the more juicy. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jessica-simpsons-open-book-with-ashley-nic...

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Kaarin
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This one surprised me! Deeper than expected.

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Kshakal
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I enjoyed this book very much and thought that Jessica Simpson is a beautiful writer… I applaud her for being so open and raw with her struggles! A very solid celebrity memoir!

Booksarelifeaddict I read this a while back and I have to agree she did an amazing job! And I love how on the audio it‘s her reading it 12mo
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JenReadsAlot
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I honestly enjoyed this way more than I expected to! #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks @StayCurious #teamgamesleighers

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14mo
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DieAReader
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#Challenge2021

An #ImpuseReads based strictly on curiosity & I honestly predicted/expected to DNF it. I‘m happy to say that I was blown away & very much enjoyed it. That‘ll show me for making so many assumptions before even starting it🤦🏻‍♀️

CoverToCoverGirl Sometimes we are VERY surprised by how great a book is, especially when we start with low expectations. 👏👏 Your TBR is shrinking. 1y
DieAReader @CoverToCoverGirl How very true my friend😉 As for the TBR shrinking🧐 maybe a little but, I‘m still coughing up some your dust though😂🧹 1y
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Cinfhen
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Borrowed the audio on a whim from #Hoopla and was instantly hooked. Jessica Simpson is honest, funny, relatable and willing to share her flaws and strengths. If you grew up listening to the music of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, 98 Degrees & John Mayer this memoir will really hit some high notes 🎶 In her sweet southern drawl, Jessica shares her intimate moments of triumphs and failures. Very engaging ♥️

alisiakae I read this on a whim too, and really enjoyed it. 1y
Cinfhen A pleasant surprise @4thhouseontheleft 💕 1y
Megabooks This was a fun and juicy one. I had forgotten about “sexual napalm” until I read this. Poor girl, but I think she‘s the winner in the end! 1y
Cinfhen Yesssss and chicken of the sea & the mom jeans fiasco @Megabooks 🤣I truly forgot that she has a billion dollar brand of clothes & shoes 🙌🏻She‘s definitely no dodo bird 🦤 1y
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Cinfhen
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Jessica Simpson is really delightful! She reminds me of Gabrielle Union in her accessibility and honesty. She‘s the girl you want to hang with. And she‘s beautiful inside & outside ♥️

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Cinfhen
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Another example of #procrastination @Simona #AvoidingDrZ 😉

Simona 😂 I didn't mean to take part in the reading challenges next year, but suddenly I feel the urgency to plan for them … I guess that this is another way for procrastination. 1y
Cinfhen Yup!!! I spent hours doing that!!! @Simona (edited) 1y
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I had a feeling I would enjoy this, but I didn‘t expect to love it like I did! Jessica‘s memoir feels so honest, vulnerable, and genuine, like you‘re having a deep conversation with a good friend. It seems like she poured her heart into her words; multiple times it even sounded like she was close to tears as she read. A compelling listen from start to finish! 🎧

fredthemoose I loved this one, too! 1y
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limada
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I've never really been a Jessica Simpson fan, but I'm glad I read this. It made me realize I should give her more credit for being who she is. I know, this is her side of all the stories but that's the whole point, isn't it? We've all got our stories. And that's what makes us who we are.

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LeslieO
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1. NF: Tagged ; HF: Spring Magic
2. Two thumbs up!
3. I read a variety of genres but I think contemporary fiction is what I‘m most drawn to.

Play along, Littens! #WondrousWednesday

Eggs I agree on Open Book👍🏼👍🏼. Thanks for playing 👏🏻📚🤗 2y
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Preciouz29
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Definitely gives me a lot more insight into her.

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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I missed a couple of days for #CuriousCovers but since I had my choices picked out, I'll share.

#Closeup @eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

These may very well pop up in a future #littenlisten because I'm not getting to them this month. @aperfectmjk

Eggs Well done 👍🏼!! 2y
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LeslieO
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I 💙 Jessica. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Kappadeemom
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Today‘s reading (when I get off work) ♥️♥️

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Kappadeemom
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Okay, so I am very Southern. Born and raised in South Georgia and I sound like a cross between Scarlett O Hara and Foghorn Leghorn. However, my Southern accent doesn‘t make me stupid. I relate to this paragraph so much. I think that I get underestimated sometimes because of how I talk.

kyraleseberg Loved this book! Also, love your Scarlett O'Hara/Foghorn Leghorn description 😆 I totally relate!! 2y
Texreader I feel for you. I‘ve learned to embrace the way I talk. My clients (I‘m an attorney representing companies) say I‘m more like a real person. There‘s just no pretense with me and if they don‘t like it when I say, “give me a holler,” rather than “call me,” then maybe they shouldn‘t be my client. 😉 2y
Kappadeemom @Texreader I get that. I‘m a professional fundraiser and I work in Florida and hear from folks that I am “relatable”. It has seriously helped me in my job but sometimes I get the “where you from, Alabama?” Like it‘s meant derogatory. I hate that (and I hate it for all the people from Alabama!) 😡 2y
TNbookworm I'm from Tennessee and I totally agree! 2y
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MatchlessMarie
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Jessica Simpson‘s essay, Take the Lead isn‘t in the Litsy database yet but I‘m using it for one of my free spaces. Would have liked it to be a bit longer but it is inspiring especially if you‘re feeling stuck and afraid about your current place in life. #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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sarahgreatlove
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Fantastic audiobook. Jessica reads it herself and the honesty and vulnerability she‘s showing here is pretty big. The things that were said to her when she was starting out are pretty appalling. Definitely worth a listen. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Victoriahoperose
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I absolutely loved this book. I‘ve always been a big fan of Jessica Simpson and I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. She did a great job narrating. It was heartfelt and well written. Her stories were relatable and inspiring and nostalgic for readers who grew up when she became popular. Loved the bonus music and really looked forward to this every time I got a chance to listen. This is one that was perfect as an audiobook!

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dariazeoli
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I kept suspending my Libby hold on this book for almost an entire year, and I‘m sorry I did. I‘m really enjoying it. Simpson is so likable!

This quote hit me because I‘ve been known to say that I‘m hard on people, but I‘m harder on myself. It‘s easy to forget to be gentle, to forget that most of us are just trying to (as Prince would say) get through this thing called life.

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dariazeoli On the other hand, I hate that I enjoy John Mayer‘s music so much, because he comes off as such a dick and it‘s disgusting that he treats women the way he does. Does he deserve gentleness, too? Maybe. I‘m glad I‘ll never be close enough to have to personally give it to him. 2y
Chrissyreadit Very introspective and thoughtful. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I love John Mayer's music and I think that's why I've delayed reading this book. I should just give in. I suspect I'll still insist that you'll have to pry my copy of his live "Where the Light Is" album from my cold dead hands. 2y
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KimberlyJuracich
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I loved the raw honesty. Made me like her more to be honest. But to be fair her shoes and bag line on point too. Just saying.

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bodacioustchr
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I really enjoyed this memoir. Recommend.

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KaylaJM
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All the media hype didn‘t live up to my expectations. But, it brought me back to my junior high days.

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Marni
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Absolutely loved this book! Jessica Simpson pours herself onto the pages. I feel a connection to her now and hope to find the kind of love in my life she found with Eric
#read2021

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Marni
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I am absolutely loving this book. Jessica reads the audiobook and she‘s so emotional during so much of it. She has really put everything out there and poured her soul out into the pages of this book

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DrLReads
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Whether or not you are a fan, Open Book is an engrossing read that grapples with sexism, abuse, addiction, anxiety and depression, and fame. Simpson is also incredibly likeable and unbelievably candid, you will find yourself rooting for her. An unexpected gem.

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Megabooks
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Second read, first audio.

There were several moments in this #audiobook that I thought Jessica was going to burst into tears. This is a candid memoir, especially by celebrity standards. She talks openly about abuse, death, divorce, body dysmorphia, alcoholism, and that self-serving douche John Mayer. (I‘ve never liked John, FWIW.) I‘m glad she‘s in a good place now, sober with Eric and her kids. Enthusiastic pick!

Megabooks @Hestapleton #feastmode bonus book! I managed to finish 6 books during this readathon. Thank you so much! 2y
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Danay
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2020 #80 This book seems genuine. Sincere. She seems to want to help the reader learn from her mistakes. It‘s not a tell all. It‘s truthful but respectful. Well, to everyone but John Mayer...and he deserved what he got.

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alisiakae
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I think this is the first memoir I‘ve read about a pop star. It‘s not my typical genre, but all the rave reviews had me intrigued.

I‘ve long thought Jessica has an amazing voice, but never much liked her pop songs. I always wondered if the Newlyweds image was an act.

She definitely gets personal in this memoir, esp about past relationships. She is candid, at times raw, and it‘s hard not to like her. This is a solid celeb memoir.
#NFN2020

Ruthiella Did this book change your mind about Newlyweds? 2y
alisiakae @Ruthiella not really. I was addicted to that show in the early 00s 🤣🤣, and had already realized by the 2010s that Jessica had grown and matured from that stage of her life. I am surprised she got as personal as she did in the book about her relationships. 2y
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AshleyKingz
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This book was AMAZING.

rather_be_reading so good! 2y
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wen4blu
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I selected this audiobook while scrolling Libby‘s “what‘s available” options. I wasn‘t expecting much, but so far I‘m really impressed with her storytelling abilities.

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aperfectmjk
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Up next a library hold that became available. Digital Library Loan #3 for #bookspinbingo.

This is a nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Memoir.

P.S. I'm 100% positive she is the Sea Horse on the Masked Singer. 😁

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Jaimelire
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Mehso-so

Interesting but ended up skimming through the last section.

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AileenRR
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Mehso-so

I like her better now than I did before reading the book, but I guess I was mostly indifferent before.

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Chelsea.Poole
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I wouldn't call myself a fan of Jessica Simpson's before reading this book. She just seemed like another celebrity in the magazines and I had no interest in reading her #memoir but man I'm glad I read a positive review of it and decided to give it a try. She is vulnerable, authentic, and truly an "open book" with her struggles from childhood into motherhood. There's real substance here and I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys memoirs.

Samary I really enjoyed this one too. I loved her passion about being a mom. 🥰 2y
kyraleseberg I felt the exact same; so glad I gave it a chance because it's excellent and I rooted for her the entire time! 2y
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Reviewsbylola
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#bookreport

Finished the top four books, including Harry Potter with Florence! She wanted to immediately start book #2 the second we finished. 🥰

TrishB Aww, that‘s great reading HP with the kids. I remember doing with both of mine. 2y
Reviewsbylola I wondered if she was a bit too young (6) but she‘s been enjoying it! She usually sits on the floor of her room and quietly plays with her toys as I read. 😂 @TrishB 2y
TrishB I‘d say she‘ll probably be ok up to 3 or 4 in the series. Goes darker after that, but all kids are different I know. 2y
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Megabooks I enjoyed Open Book! 2y
Reviewsbylola My kids are into some dark shit so we‘ll see. 😂 @TrishB 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘m at the part now where she‘s dating Tony Romo. I was most looking forward to the parts about Nick Lachey. I went back and watched some Newleyweds clips last night and I gotta say, they sure didn‘t seem happy. 🤷🏼‍♀️ @megabooks I think Jess‘s assumption was spot on—he just didn‘t think she‘d have the nerve to leave. 2y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola yes!! So much yes!! That was one awkward relationship. And I had totally forgotten about “sexual napalm” until I read it again in the book. I remember thinking at the time “what a weird turn of phrase” 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Cinfhen Awesome week!!! Can‘t believe you have a #PotterHead in Florence 2y
Reviewsbylola John Mayer is such a tool. I was glad to hear her confirm that. @Megabooks 2y
Reviewsbylola Me too! I didn‘t think she seemed all that interested but we‘re on a role! @Cinfhen 2y
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i_just_need_caffeine
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I went into this book thinking it would be vapid and shallow. It is far from that. Jessica gives the readers details she has never spoken about before. Details that range from intensly painful to profoundly joyful. It's thoughtfully written. #jessicasimpson #openbook #femaleauthor #womanauthor #autobiography #divorce #celebrityauthor #motherhood #musician

Chelsea.Poole I agree! I thought it was another silly celebrity memoir before reading it. Definitely more depth than I anticipated. 2y
i_just_need_caffeine @Chelsea.Poole 💚 thank you! 2y
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Suet624
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Did I think I was listening to a book by Brittney Spears? Why yes, I did. When did I realize it wasn‘t about Brittney? When Jessica mentioned that she wasn‘t Britney Spears. Do I care about either of them? Quite frankly, no. I‘m embarrassed to say I listened to the whole thing. So-so at best.

MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 A+ review. 2y
LeahBergen 😂😂 2y
AmyG Hahahahaha! “Oh baby, baby
How was I supposed to know
That something wasn't right here”
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eanderson 😂😂😂 2y
802Librarian 🤪 2y
BarbaraBB Haha such a great review! And also @AmyG you made me laugh out loud 😂 2y
Bookzombie 😂😂 2y
Jas16 Loved this! 😂 2y
Suet624 @AmyG haha. Great response. 2y
Reggie Lolol 2y
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rachelk
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Jessica Simpson comes across as authentic and brave enough to recount even the painful and embarrassing parts of her life. This was a more interesting and substantial memoir than I expected.

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Breanne1
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Well...I am thoroughly blown away by how good this memoir was. Jessica was so honest and inspirational and I walk away with some powerful messages I hope to use in my life. Who knew the woman I watched in Newlyweds would come back and change my perception of her through her book!

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ReadingOver50
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I had heard good things about this book, so I checked it out from the library. Reading this book made me realize just how much she has done in her life. Her life sounds exhausting.

It was interesting to read about someone whose life is so different than mine. It did feel like she glossed over her current marriage with Eric. It only received a short section at the end. This was a fascinating book.

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sharread
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5 💫💫💫💫💫 This was definitely an open book, but a healing one. The stars have challenges just like us, money doesn't seem to be the answer to happiness. Her honesty was eye opening and I felt she was writing her story just for me. Her relationship dynamics especially with John Mayer was interesting. There is some triggers in the book, addiction plus childhood trauma, but she explains how she took on those issues successfully. #review #read

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sophierayton
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Sophie (hearts) Jessica!

What a woman. Love her. This is a great memoir.

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Eringogreen
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The perfect audiobook!

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LaMacKi
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I didn't realize the depth of Jessica Simpson until I read this book. I remember her mostly from her newlywed reality show and she didn't come off very interesting or even smart for that matter. She proved me wrong with this memoir. I was engaged and eager to find out about all her ups and downs. She was very brave to write about things that us common folk suffer with as well. I would definitely recommend this book.

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Selena85
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Found this surprisingly enjoyable. I listened to the audio version which made it that much better. Unlike most celebrity autobiographies this felt pretty authentic. She definitely didn't hold much back, delving into family drama/tragedy, her failed marriage and relationships and her alcohol abuse and therapy to recover. If you're a fan of Jessica Simspon or even if you only have a mild interest, definitely worth reading/listening.

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Jen_Reads
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Fun fact: The audiobook includes songs.

#currentlylistening