Open Book

A Memoir
Narrated by: Jessica Simpson
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
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Includes six new songs by Jessica Simpson, available exclusively in the Open Book audiobook. Performed by the author featuring her music throughout.

Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she's kept since age 15, 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 listeners 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 listeners 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 audiobook 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.

Includes the songs "Heartbeat", "Practice What You Preach", "Sweet Temptation", "Your Fool" (featuring Willie Nelson), "Party of One", and "Free Will" by Jessica Simpson.

©2020 Jessica Simpson (P)2020 HarperAudio

Editor's Pick

You gotta have heart
"I admit it, I was as rapt as any of the many millions of viewers that tuned in to Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica, which aired from 2003-2005 on MTV. I was fascinated by the fellow Texas girl who, of all things, was embarking on marriage on a reality TV show. It seemed like a terrible idea, but also an amazing one: What could go wrong? So. Many. Things. But I was rooting for her. Here, Jessica Simpson invites you into her world, describing the hardest and best moments of her life. Laughter and tears weave through her voice as she recounts her journey through love, loss, and addiction. The six original songs made exclusively for the audiobook bring you back to her roots as a singer and performer, rounding out the experience. You hear the rawness of living life under a microscope in the notes and in her words. The result is a listen that unearths an authentic struggle to find peace that feels revelatory. There is beauty and pain laid bare, and ultimately, grace." —Kelley S., Audible Editor

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Just “opened the book”

I woke up so excited because today was the day I would get to download Jessica’s book on Audible. I started listening to it on my way to work. I already know I am totally in love, obsessed, and going to be able to relate to her story in so many ways. I loved Jessica at the beginning of her career and still love everything about her today. I am hoping to gain some insight on how to be “REAL and OPEN” just as she has done in this book as I venture through her story.

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Narration is bad

Jessica Simpson should not have narrated her own story. There were times when she would get to an emotional point and she would put on this sad, cracking voice that just sounded fake.

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Waiting for Years

I’ve waited for years to hear some of these stories. The songs are actually really great. It’s awesome to hear her singing again. This is nice to listen to and very inspiring. I love the fact that this isn’t some quickly written 150 page celeb book. It’s a long, well thought out incredible journey in words. Thank you, Jessica, for this gift!

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  • 02-04-20

I Love her even more now

Jessica comes across as real and raw. She did an amazing job! I loved every minute of it.

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i wanted to like this

put it down at chapter 6 I just couldn't anymore. I grew up loving her music and show, but this book was a snore fest. her tone was very windy and monotone. I cant

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Can’t get more open than this...

The overall story is so good. I’ve been looking forward to the release of this book for a while now so I’m trying to stay objective. Jessica told her stories with such grace and paints a picture as if I’m watching it on TV.

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Your My Bestie!

Love Jessica. Always have. In this book she talks to you like she is having a conversation with her best friend...YOU! She explores her highs and lows and how she overcame all her adversities with GOD at her side. She is vulnerable funny and deep. This book gives me all the feels. Love you Jess. It was worth staying up till midnight anxiously waiting to press play!

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Boy you let people into the real world know parts of the real you unvarnished! Beautiful

Thanks for letting us into parts of your life that surely could not have been easy! I’m sure your book will help many. Thanks for your willingness to write unfiltered. I especially loved the constant through your book. God. You’ve demonstrated what a Christian looks like not what others confused view of who Christians actually are. God uses the broken parts of us for his glory! Great job!

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It's Just Okay but slurry drunk narration

This book is just okay in my opinion. I, like many others are always curious about the lives of celebrities. Especially given what you see of them in the media. This book was a little dramatic for my taste. The emotional breakdown from her drinking she had. The woe is me attitude. It's a little too self serving for my taste. Just my opinion, but I feel like she fabricates a lot of the drama for herself for no reason. Also, she sounds drunk or high reading it. Very slurry speech sometimes followed by this fake almost crying voice cracking at times when it's "suppose" to be emotional. Not sure why they let her narrate it. Again, just my opinion.

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BORING

How did this get such great reviews? I wanted to like it. It was awful. Just her justifying all her sins. Her grandmother was the only one honest w her. Not worth the credit. It’s incredibly boring and her voice is so grating.

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  • Corena
  • 02-24-20

Like talking to your best friend

I loved this book immediately. I liked Jessica Simpson growing up but wouldn't class myself as a fan - I am now! I loved her honesty and the way you could hear the emotion in her voice. Her life has been a rollercoaster and its amazing she came through it all. I was routing for her throughout and recognised myself in so many ways. I was genuinely sad when the book finished, I felt lonely without her voice in my ear as I cleaned the house or drove to work. Wonderful listen

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  • Amy Loader
  • 02-23-20

loved it!

raw, honest, true and inspirational. couldve been longer! highly reccommended. thank you for your honesty

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  • Ashley Kelly
  • 02-21-20

Brave, honest and relatable

Loved every moment of this book. I rarely write reviews but I felt this book deserved. Along the way I found myself relating to several of the insecurities, dilemmas and challenges Jessica talks about. It doesn’t matter how successful you are or how perfect your life looks from the outside, everyone has there struggles, failures, disappointments and heartbreak.

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  • romessa karamat
  • 02-18-20

Just simply Amazing

Jessica really was a open book. Her story is amazing and I love that I got to hear it in her own voice. I cannot put into words how proud I am of her xXx

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  • Mrs Hockings
  • 02-18-20

By far best audio book yet

I think I listened to the majority of this book with my mouth wide open! The things Jessica has been through that you would never guess or hadn’t heard about. She has been through some real trials in life. Some may say self inflicted but many were not! She is so honest about any mistakes she’s made, and her weaknesses. This is so relatable and I’m starting it again tomorrow! Absolutely loved it!

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  • NancyQ
  • 02-17-20

couldn't stop reading.

jessica tell the story really well. you can feel her pain, sadness, shame, insecurities and joy. She is more intelligent than she is given credit for. She works hard and has great values. In this honest biography you get to ride the rollercoaster of Jessica Simpson's life with her. Highly recommended

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  • MISS SABRINA A SALVATIERRA
  • 02-16-20

Newlyweds generation

Hearing a totally different side to Jessica. Loved it! She's a great storyteller and you really feel her emotion. Also made me want to go to church!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-20

Love it

Its warm, full of feelings and I love that she read it herself. Love from Norway

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-20

I Loved It

Her story is heartwarming, eye opening and relatable... her storytelling ability is so magnificent, I loved everything about the book... oh and the music at the end, WOW!! I will be downloading it today!! Keep it UP Jessica, sending lots of Love from Honduras

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-20

Couldn't put it down!

Heartfelt, honest and raw. I cried with her, laughed with her and in many ways understood her pain. A fantastic book. Highly recommended.

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  • Lisa
  • 02-13-20

awesome story

i loved this book jessica made me feel like i was a friend sitting i her lounge room talking about her life!!
it made me laugh and cry with her. at the end of the audiobook i listened to her six new songs and am in love with them. i left with a heavy heart❤❤❤

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  • Angela Lim
  • 02-12-20

Didn't want it to end!

Loved this audio book especially when she was talking about her loves.
there are so many big names mentioned in here, inspiring and captivating I felt sad when it was finishing. Glad Jess has found her ever after x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-20

Amazing. Beautiful. Inspiring.

Loved every moment of the book, I didn’t want it to end. Beautifully written and narrated with such feeling and passion.

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  • Esther
  • 02-08-20

Amazing

Absolutely loved this audiobook. Every aspect of it, the Faith, the growth, the truth, the honesty! I will definitely be going back to listen all over again before the year ends. I loved the narration but Jess herself. Her voice made it all the more real. I felt like my best friend was opening up to me over a cup of tea!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-20

WOW JESS IS AMAZING.

I will give Jessica's book a full review when I'm fully finished . I'm halfway through.
I'll say this. Jessica is on point with her book. it's more than amazing. Start reading readers. 💖💖👌

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-20

Such a Real look into Jessica's life.

So many beautiful memories,Loved that she got to tell her story,such a true beauty.Hope Jessica writes another book one day.