“Sometimes we are all so afraid to be honest with ourselves because we know that honesty will lead to somewhere.” I wrote this ten years ago. “Can fear walk us to something better?”
It’d never really occurred to me to read Jessica Simpson’s book. I never considered myself a fan, but I remember listening to I wanna love you forever and really loving the song. When I mentioned to my sister I was reading her book and really enjoying it, she asked, confused: who is Jessica Simpson again? The one with the big boobs? – I know, the reference is problematic, but she meant it like a compliment.
Yes, she is the one with the big boobs. In fact, that’s one of the many topics she covers throughout the book. How becoming a woman and developing a woman’s body at such a young age shaped many of her experiences, not all of them good. I read the book after hearing so many people recommending it. And to be honest, part of me really wanted to know about the whole John Mayer thing (she does not spare any details). Jessica is so endearing and her personality really shines through the pages. I knew nothing about her before reading it, but she came across so warm and thoughtful, so self aware. She’s not afraid to be brutally honest in the telling of her story. She’s honest about people in her life, but also very honest about herself. It feels so interesting to read someone so famous being so raw and open about their personal life and struggles. Would I be able to do the same?
From her childhood to toxic relationships to men, to the difficulties in building a career in the age of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. From mistakes she made along the way that cost her money and opportunities, to her honest analysis of her addiction and her family falling apart. The book is long, but it’s packed with interesting stories. She’s kept journals since she was 15 years old and as she goes back to things she wrote in different phases in her life she’s able to understand the girl she once were and how she became the woman she is today: a mother, a singer, a business mogul whose company bring in $1 billion in annual sales.
Whatever opinion you may have on her you can’t disregard a woman who has built an entire empire the way she has. It’s fascinating. It’s absolutely over the top. The Halloween parties she throws every year probably have the same budget as a Marvel movie. But she’s Jessica Simpson and that’s how she does life I guess.
A great read.
Have you read anything recently that you just can’t put down? Anything you’re excited to pick up?