This month’s book club was fantastic. By fantastic I mean that we all got to be together for the first time in a few months. We enjoyed some delicious food (everyone brought something), some great cocktails and wine, and excellent conversation. We enjoyed each other so much! We opted for a night out on my patio instead of venturing to a restaurant. A great time was had by all.
“For years, I occupied my time trying and failing to be the woman the men in my life wanted me to be. Never just me. I ran into situation after situation, telling myself that the reason I had so much anxiety and was scared to death to be alone at night was because I just needed to be a better person for whomever I was trying to please at the time.”
― Jessica Simpson, Open Book
The Publisher’s 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 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.
What I Thought…
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how raw and honest she was right from the start. It was refreshing to hear about her faith in God even with all the demons she was fighting. This book made me respect her so much more because I really didn’t know that much about her before. I knew that she was a “Newlywed” with Nick Lachey, that she dated John Mayer, and that she has a great voice. I also knew that she has a huge clothing and shoe company, but was unsure of her role in the company. I didn’t even know who she was married to.
I really can’t imagine how hard it must be to be in her position to always be in the public eye. I’m aware of the tremendous pressure that young women face now due to social media. It’s absolutely crazy. I think that she handles it well and continues to have a loving and supportive family even through all the chaos.
This book is a great reminder of the importance of faith, family, and friends and how you can’t judge a celebrity by what you see in the media. This book is honest and inspirational about how no matter how rich and famous you are, that we all still need help sometimes. I would definitely recommend this book.
Next Month’s Selection…
A Few Other Titles I Enjoyed This Month…
So what are you reading this month?? I would love to hear, I’m always on the lookout for my next favorite read.
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