Growing up I was a huge fan of Newlyweds. I thought Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey were #couplegoals before it was even a thing. They looked so perfect together in their beautiful house, with two successful careers and everything going for them. When they split, I was absolutely devastated. As a fan, I couldn't believe it ended.
When Open Book popped up in my #Audible feed, I just had to read it. Finally, I would find out why Jessica and Nick ended their perfect on TV marriage. Well, Jessica talks about her marriage to Nick as well as many other personal, private areas of her life. I was blown away by her honesty, humility and relatability.
Jessica narrates her biography. I love listening to biographies narrated by the author because it feels so much more intimate and like they are talking directly to you. The whole audiobook is just over 11 hours long and contains about 20 minutes of her newer songs at the end. I listened as a treat to force myself to go for walks and it took me all 10 weeks of quarantine to finish it. Not because it wasn't good, but because I hardly went for any walks!
I don't want to give away any spoilers because I do think her #audiobook is worth a listen. One of my favourite parts was her account of her Mickey Mouse Club audition and her first encounter with Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Britney Spears.
I think I related so much to Open Book because I am also an eldest child and also have a sister named Ashley. I appreciated her spending a great deal explaining her need to please others and living up their expectations because I felt the same way. It wasn't till my early 20s that I started to truly live for myself and my aspirations. Even then, I did feel a huge pressure to be successful and make something of myself, just like she did.