Format: Audiobook finished 6 April 2020
Synopsis: 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 humour and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining.
Review: This is hands down the best memoir that I have ever read (or had read to me as I listened to the audiobook). I can’t say I’m a huge Jessica Simpson fan and would struggle to name more than about two songs but I loved the show Newlyweds and she was part of pop culture when I was growing up and going through my teens.
I had no idea about some of the experiences that she had to go through and it made for heart breaking stuff. As she narrates the audiobook, there were occasions where you could hear her voice shaking and this completely set me off as well. The behind the scenes elements for newlyweds was incredible – you really can never tell.
I loved how candid she was, how vulnerable she came across at time, the details were juicy but at the same time utterly brutal at times. You begin to think ‘how could she let a man do that to her’? and then when you think about it, you can completely understand how and why it happens.
I learnt so much about Jessica in this book having had no idea about the abuse and addition elements of her life.
I would highly recommend this book. Even if you’re not a fan, it is almost impossible to read this book and not have respect for her at the end. Writing a book like this takes balls!