Over the Top

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Jonathan Van Ness

Harper One

September 24, 2019

288 Pages


Wow, Over the Top was so much more intense than I was expecting! Jonathan Van Ness (from Netflix’s uber-popular show, Queer Eye) is, of course, his usual lovable self, but holy smokes sheโ€™s been through some things, honey! I swear, every 50 pages Iโ€™d be like, oh so this is where it gets bad. And then it would get worse, and Iโ€™d think, well now THIS is probably the absolute worst of it. But then there would be even more drugs and more sex. At some point I just stopped trying to anticipate and control, and I just had to run with it.

In other words, this book is a roller coaster, so prepare yourself. He talks about things that I hadn’t even really considered as possible experiences for most middle-class American teenagers. And when I finished the book, all I could think of was my own kids and this whole next level of pain that it had never occurred to me my children could experience. I mean, how would I feel if I found out my son had been prostituting himself for cash? Oh dear lord, I canโ€™t even. Itโ€™s heartbreaking.

I will say that, thankfully, the book ends on a positive note, which I appreciate. And I truly love Jonathan Van Nessโ€”his voice, his bravery, his willingness to talk about ALL THE THINGS. I donโ€™t know that many people could let it all out like he does, but I canโ€™t help but wonder how many lives he has positively impacted because of it. Much respect, queen. 

Find this book on Goodreads and Amazon.

6 thoughts

  1. This book was amazing and Iโ€™m so happy I waited to listen to the audiobook. Iโ€™m happy you enjoyed it too!

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