Audiobook Review: Open Book

Open Book
by Jessica Simpson
Narrated by: Jessica Simpson
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
Published February 4th 2020 by Harper Collins B and Blackstone Publishing
ISBN13: 9780062905000


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 clich├ęs — “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 Thoughts

I think most people know who Jessica Simpson is. She skyrocketed to fame when I was in my teens and seems to be a favorite among tabloids. From singer to actress to entrepreneur, she could hardly be the dumb blond that is associated with her image. In Open Book, Simpson tells her story and doesn't skimp on the details. 

I listened to Open Book as an audiobook, and I recommend this format to anybody interested in this book. It's narrated by Jessica, and it gives this book a more personal, intimate feeling. As I  listened to her voice recall painful events in her life, I could hear the timbre change, as if she were restraining her emotions.

Open Book covers just about all the major events in Jessica's life. I have to admit there were some shocking details, as well as a cautionary tale of why women should stay away from John Mayer. Jessica Simpson doesn't hold back in this book, showing the world who she really is. 

As a bonus, there are several songs at the end of the book that are worth listening to. This is by far one of the best celebrity memoirs that I've read. It's entertaining, inspiring, and eye-opening.