Book Review: Open Book by Jessica Simpson

Open Book by Jessica Simpson
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
Source: Borrowed

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 clichés — “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.

Let’s travel way back to 1999 for a minute, when nine-year-old Sara was obsessed with a certain love song by Jessica Simpson.

Oh, yes, I could certainly relate. But I thought then, and still think now, that Jessica Simpson knows how to make a great pop song. I wouldn’t say I was (or am) a big enough fan to seek out her memoir, but I saw such glowing reviews of this book that I had to see what was going on.

I’m glad I did, because this is one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. (Or listened to, I guess.)

Reading this book felt like catching up with an old friend. Jessica knows that she’s made mistakes. She knows she’s done things wrong. She knows the stereotypes and the rumors about her. She doesn’t try to make excuses for anything, but she does tell you what she’s learned.

I wouldn’t change a single thing about my story, because I finally love who I am, and I can forgive who I was.

What made this book even better (and at times, even more heartbreaking) was the emotion in Jessica’s voice as she narrated it. She gets choked up talking about parts of her past. You can hear her rolling her eyes at some of the more unfortunate decisions she’s made. And you can just imagine her giving you a particular look as she delves into some of the juicier gossip.

I’m just so happy that I took the time to listen to this book. Not only was it a great story, but the audiobook includes a bunch of new music from her! I linked to my favorite of those songs, Heart Beat, below.

Content warnings for:sexual abuse, alcoholism, death, body image/body shaming

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8 thoughts on “Book Review: Open Book by Jessica Simpson

  1. thebrowneyedbookworm says:

    OMG she is so young in the first video!!!!

    I finished the audiobook a couple days ago and thought it was fantastically done, well narrated – kudos to the author for doing both the writing and the narration. And I was thinking that from all the stars and singers that were her age when she started out, she really made it to the top. I was impressed by the book and the woman she has become.

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  2. bookbeachbunny says:

    I always liked her a lot 🙂 Even at the height of the chicken or fish and I don’t think I’ve ever listened to her music. She just seems like a likable relatable everyday person. I’ve been meaning to read the book but I’ll definitely listen to it now! That seems like the best idea from your review.

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  3. Belle says:

    I’ve being seeing this book around, and it has such great reviews! I feel like I was born a bit too late, so I missed the Jessica Simpson era 😅, but this book sounds so inspiring 🙂! Lovely review, Sara!

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