Open Book

Open Book

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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Open Book Reviews

  • 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...

  • 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

    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 struggled with self confidence, self doubt and dealt with everyday problems that we all do..well it was just refreshing.

    I also was not aware of all the times she has traveled overseas to visit our troops. What a amazing thing to do. Having family members in the military I can't express how much that is a bright shiny moment in their time over there. Just some normalcy for them. I am defiantly #teamjessica! So glad she has found a happy ending...thanks for letting us into your life Jessica!

  • 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

    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 that up to see for myself! With all that said... I absolutely loved this! I'm usually a huge fan of memoirs, but this one has rushed up to be one of my favorites. She's obviously a big celebrity, but I still found much of this so relatable. It was really well written and I loved listening to her narrate the story of her life. It was honest, insightful, entertaining... all the good stuff and more!

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    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,

    is a memoir that is well worth your time, and I highly recommend

    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,

    is a memoir that is well worth your time, and I highly recommend listening to the audiobook. Full review to come.

  • 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.

    . 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.

    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.

    . 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 book. I like to do this kind of thing with physical books.

    ANYWAY, I fracking loved it! There you go! The end!

    Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  • 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.

    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.

  • Meags

    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

    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 (along with music from her fellow pop stars of the times, like Britney and Christina) was pretty big in my teeny-bopper, music loving world, so this was an autobiography that appealed to me on many levels. I learned a lot of interesting tid-bits here and enjoyed how frank Jessica was in her reflections of her life and relationships.

    For me, it was perhaps a bit heavy at times on the churchy stuff, but I can’t rightly complain when Jessica’s religious beliefs and spiritual faith is such a pivotal and influential part of her personal life and experiences.

    Personally, I got my hands on the audio edition of this book, narrated by Jessica herself, and I’m pretty sure that made the experience 99% more raw and entertaining. Plus, the new songs at the end are well worth the listen and arguably the best music she's ever put out.

    Overall, this was a worthwhile memoir to read/listen to, especially if you’ve ever been a fan of Jessica Simpson, whether it be through her music or through her memorable time on reality TV and in film.

  • Christy

    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

    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 middle-school and watching ‘The Newlyweds’ (Nick and I share a hometown of Cincinnati so I always thought that was cool). Jessica’s always been shown as a dumb blonde, and she has her blonde moments, but she’s much more smart and savvy than she’s portrayed.

    This memoir was narrated by Jessica herself and I can’t recommend listening to it enough. It felt like she was right there with you, telling you her story. She’s been through a lot and there were some hard to read moments and a ton of growth and revelations. This was a great tell all type of story about Jessica’s life and it was empowering and highly entertaining.

  • 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

    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 wanted a fluffy quick audiobook so here we are.

    I am pretty close in age to Jessica Simpson so I remember almost everything Simpson recounts here in pretty good detail. I remember the age of the teen girl pop star, when it was always Britney vs. Christina vs. Jessica vs. Mandy. I watched at least two seasons of Newlyweds (it's very possible I watched the third, but I also remember feeling uncomfortable with how obvious it was they weren't getting along). I have seen the meteoric rise of Simpson's clothing line. You can't have been through all of that pop culture without having some idea of who Simpson is. It is really saying something that after reading the book, I want to take back every bad thing I ever said about her. And I think there were more than a few bad things, especially in the early days. Like a lot of people, I thought she was kind of a dumb blonde. I couldn't tell if she was playing it up for the cameras or not, but I didn't really care much either way. It was a youthful and cruel way of looking at it. After spending so much time with Simpson you can tell that this is who she really is, she definitely has her ditzy moments, but her earnestness and excitement aren't fake.

    What makes the book worth reading (besides cementing your loathing of John Mayer) is that this is clearly clearly clearly a book by someone who has been through a lot of therapy. Memoir requires the ability to see yourself clearly, without that kind of perspective you're not reliable for how you write about other people. Simpson is quite willing to announce her own flaws and mistakes.

    For some people, none of this will be enough to overcome other parts of the book. 1) Simpson is very churchy, especially in the early chapters. (If you're under 35 you may not remember but she was very very famous for staying a virgin until marriage even though she was already a famous pop star by then.) I didn't mind this so much since it feels so integrated into who she is, and it decreases in later chapters. 2) She shares a story of being molested as a child, details are kept vague and it's mostly off-page, but if that's something that's a particularly tough topic for you, it does come up a good amount as she addresses her shame at the time and the anxiety it left behind for years afterwards. 3) And, perhaps most importantly, there is a LOT of talk about body image and weight. While she is definitely of the you-are-perfect-at-every-size inspirational mantra type, there are a lot of times in her life where she doesn't see herself that way, there are a lot of times she is told by industry people to lose weight, and her weight is a constant topic of discussion and speculation in the culture at large. And while she has a certain amount of body positivity, she doesn't always talk about it in the healthiest way even when she tries to. If this is a sensitive topic for you, you may want to give it a pass just because it makes up so much of her life, even if most of that isn't her fault.

  • 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

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