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 didn’t want to lie.
Jessica couldn’t be authentic with her readers if she wasn’t fully honest with herself first.
Now, America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s 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 she’s 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 she’s learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture cliché’s — “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.
My sister-in-law brought this book to Mexico and as we were sitting on the beach, soaking in the sun, she would continuously laugh, gasp or proceed to tell me about something funny in the book. As a biography lover, I asked to borrow it after she finished it. Later that day, the booked was passed over to me and I started reaching it while watching the sunset!
The books starts off with her childhood, growing up, her Church, and how she eventually got into singing. Finding out that she got denied to be a part of the Mickey Mouse Club at the same time that Christina, Britney and Justin were a part of it, shows that even though she did not start her career the same way they did, she was still able to succeed and create a bigger and strong brand than others. While first being signed, she was told she had to lose 15 lbs, to drawing abs on her stomach with eyebrow pencil, Jessica talks about growing up in the industry.
Jessica did not hold back about her relationships. John Mayer was described at obsessive and Johnny Knoxville was the good guy, who provided Jessica with intellectual conversations. During these relationships, Jessica’s self-esteem would plummet, causing her to start drinking more and more.
I found this book to be extremely real and raw. Jessica really opens up about her struggle with weight, substance abuse, her relationships and the heartbreak that she went though, all well being in the public spotlight. I remember watching “Newlyweds” and thinking that she had to be acting, somebody could not be that confusing, and well, some of it was legit lack of intelligence while other parts were scripted.
One of my all time favorite parts of the book, was when her and Nick split up and the talk of money came up as there was no pre-nup in place. She finally agreed to pay Nick a large sum, much to her Father’s disgust, and she insisted she would earn it back.
“And then I did,” she wrote. “Give or take a billion.”
As with all memoirs, you have to take them with a grain of salt. I do believe that Jessica has provided genuine moments, that contradict how media has portrayed her. I think it is important to note that Jessica has a multi-billion dollar empire, that she has found self-acceptance after exposing all her regrets, all while raising a family, but how much of the content was exaggerated?
Now excuse me while I go and listen to Jessica Simpson’s music on repeat for the next 2 weeks, singing off-key at the top of my lungs.