I have been a fan of Jessica Simpson for too long to even remember. I first saw her on tv when she was filming “Nick & Jessica: The Newlyweds” which very quickly became one of my favourite reality tv shows to watch. I still watch it every now and again, I just never get bored of it. From there, I bought her CD’s because I genuinely enjoyed listening to her music and I also used to pick out clothes to wear similar to those that she wore. As the years passed, I would find myself being drawn to certain items in TK Maxx and when I looked, they were by the Jessica Simpson brand.
Over the years, I’ve followed Jessica on social media and when she posted on Instagram that she was going to be releasing an autobiography, I made sure it was top of the list of books I wanted to read. The only trouble was, I had to wait a while because she hadn’t even finished writing it. My main reason for wanting to read it, apart from being a huge fan, was to be noisy I guess. I wanted to know why Nick and Jessica had split up as well as how she got to where she is today and what her life is like now. I really wanted to read about her past, present and what she wants in the future and I hoped this book would cover that.
I received the book “Open Book” for my birthday but I wanted to wait until I had finished another book I was part way through, before I started on this one. Friday evening, I was ready to start reading it and so settled myself down with a cuppa and thought I’d read a couple of chapters. A couple of hours later and I finally put the book down, with the only reason being I knew I needed to go to sleep. I had been so gripped and interesting in the book, the time had just flown by.
I continued reading it over the weekend and by Monday afternoon, I had finished it. I never expected it to be so indepth because usually celebrity autobiographies just touch lightly on the surface whilst you get the impression that so much is left unsaid. “Open Book” really is what the title suggests – an indepth look at what Jessica’s life had been like, from struggles to strengths and laughs in between. It was a great insight to have been able to read the thoughts and stories behind the photo in a magazine. How one unflattering image could change how you feel about yourself in an instant. It was such an eye opener to see the truth behind the rumours that made the front page of the newspapers all those years ago.
As I could tell the book was coming to an end, I was split between wanting to read on and wanting to savour it for a bit longer, but ultimately, I finished it. It has been such a long time since I finished a book so quickly and that is definitely down to how much I enjoyed it. My poor other half Andy could hardly get a single word out of me all weekend and every time he looked at me, I had the book in my hand. I’ve since lent the book to my mum because I know she will enjoy it just as much as I did and if you are able to, I’d highly recommend getting yourself a copy too.