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Over the Top

Narrated by: Jonathan Van Ness
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Who gave Jonathan Van Ness permission to be the radiant human he is today? No one, honey.

The truth is, it hasn’t always been gorgeous for this beacon of positivity and joy.

Before he stole our hearts as the grooming and self-care expert on Netflix’s hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan was growing up in a small Midwestern town that didn’t understand why he was so...over the top. From choreographed carpet figure skating routines to the unavoidable fact that he was Just. So. Gay., Jonathan was an easy target and endured years of judgment, ridicule and trauma - yet none of it crushed his uniquely effervescent spirit.

Over the Top uncovers the pain and passion it took to end up becoming the model of self-love and acceptance that Jonathan is today. In this revelatory, raw and rambunctious memoir, Jonathan shares never-before-told secrets and reveals sides of himself that the public has never seen. JVN fans may think they know the man behind the stiletto heels, the crop tops, and the iconic sayings, but there’s much more to him than meets the Queer Eye.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll come away knowing that no matter how broken or lost you may be, you’re a Kelly Clarkson song, you’re strong, and you’ve got this.

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©2019 Jonathan Van Ness (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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One of my favourite books!

I absolutely loved this! the rawness, the vulnerability I just adore JVN I was so sad it was over when I finished it I could have listened to this sass queen on my commute every morning hahah what a story. Thank yo so much for having the courage to share your story, it’s so important. I sent this book to so many friends I would defiantly recommend!

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So real and entertaining

JVN didn’t disappoint. Such a raw and real recount of his life and how he overcame his troubled youth to be the inspiring role model he is today! So amazing! Love love love!

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fab u lous!

this book was such an eye opening experience into someone's life. JVN was so open and willing to give the world every part of her self and the world is better for it. we need more people setting examples of self-care. it's not an easy road but we learn from our past (good and bad). you are amazing Jonathan! all the power to you #yasqueen

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Thank you

Brilliantly read, thank you for sharing your story with us...now I love you even more x

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Loved!!!

Loved this book.
From start to finish it had me feeling all the emotions.
JVN is so honest and vulnerable throughout.
Beautifully done.

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Amazing!

Such a great book, truly loved all of it! It is raw, comical, sad, joyful and empowering.

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Beautiful, moving, funny

Gof I loved this so god damn much. I cried, I laughed, I was so fully immersed in Jonathan's life. Beautifully told.

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Loved everything.

JVN is VERY honest and it only made me love him more. This book is definitely inspirational and reminds all of us to love and care for ourselves as well as love and care for others in a REALLY ENTERTAINING and HILARIOUS way. Loved it.

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honest

loved the journey. look forward to an update in 10 ,20 years to see what happens next

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A beautiful experience I didn’t know I needed

JVN was a friend to me listening to this book that I didn’t know I needed. Through my own grief, journey towards self love and looking after my own “baby jack”. Thank you for this book and for being so generous in sharing your experiences xx

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-09-2019

This will be something I listen to over and over

Would I still love JVN if I knew all the parts? I don’t think 5 hours of listening to 32 years worth of story is knowing all the parts, but knowing 5 hours more now than I did a few days ago, I love her so much more!!
If you’ve bought this book you’re already a fan and you will not regret this purchase. She’s spilling the T and will tell you some real shit that you’ll want to remember to help you grow too. So much love!

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  • Laura Dunn
  • 08-02-2020

Perfect, funny, heart warming, devastating - a real rollercoaster

Hearing Jonathan’s voice read his words made this book. I would have loved it just reading it but this was the PERFECT audio book and perfect narrator! It’s an emotional story from start to finish. I cried, from laughing so hard i nearly peed, from gut wrenching sobbing where I thought I would never stop crying, to warm fuzzy feeling tears of pride. If you want to find out so much more about your favourite queen and queer eye character, you HAVE to listen to this. I feel like me and JVN are BFF’s now I know so much! Haha! I can’t see how anyone would not enjoy this!

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  • Kavya
  • 05-11-2019

Amazing,

Honestly I didn’t know what to expect 🤷🏾‍♀️😂 but I am so glad I decided to pick this up. Such a beautiful and uplifting story. I cried, I laughed, I screamed but most importantly I was deeply loved and touched by this story :) lived and told by a truly beautiful and gorgeous soul 🥰

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-10-2019

Very good

Inspiring book by an inspiring queen.
Some of the anecdotes feel like they are missing vital details.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-10-2019

Loved it!!!

A fabulous treat to hear Jonathan tell his story in his gorgeous voice. Superbly entertains and raw authenticity.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-2019

wow

loved every second! didn't even feel the pass! love that is was you narrating! love you

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  • lizzie
  • 26-09-2019

Fabulously honest

Such an incredible life story. I didn’t think I could love him more, but now I know who I love.

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  • Jem Gibson
  • 17-10-2019

Brilliant!

This book is so brilliant! Uplifting and super real! Raises important issues but is fast moving and hilarious simultaneously. Well done JVN

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  • Sofia
  • 30-09-2019

So inspirational and eye-opening

I love Jonathan from Queer Eye and was curious to find out more about his life. I honestly didn’t expect to be so inspired to love myself and keep learning how I can be more compassionate towards myself and others. Jonathan is a real modern day hero and everyone should listen to this book as it offers a real insight into the lives of people who are not fully accepted in our society. I am a white straight women but I can relate to everything he said - it’s a human condition to feel insecure and unaccepted. It’s very comforting having listened to his story and I’m so grateful he is being open about these issues. Love you JVN ❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-2020

Love JVN even more.

An amazing book and love the honesty from JVN. A must read and narrated beautifully by the Main Queen herself.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-02-2020

All about his life and struggles ❤

If your looking for a self help book this might not be the one for you. It's more about his life and struggles and childhood and how he stayed strong and got through it. He always entertains me so it was nice listening to his journey.

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  • T. D. Johnston
  • 09-02-2020

Didn't think I could love JVN more!

Jonathan, warts and all, is an even better human being than his Queer Eye persona shows. One of the many things I took away from this book is that if you struggle to understand what "non binary" means in reality, this book will give you the simplest understanding through JVN's voice. And I think I adore him mother too, now!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-2020

absolutely stunning, moving raw story

I'm bad at writing reviews but omg this book was absolutely amazing!!! thank you JVN for sharing your story with the world, I have a whole new level of appreciation for you!!! you are a stunning fierce queen!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-2020

beautiful

thank you Jonathan for being so open and sharing your story. it was wonderful to read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-2020

A must listen for any JVN fan!

I loved every second of this audio book, JVN's story is one of hardship and hope. I laughed, cried and felt empowered. A favourite listen and read of mine

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-01-2020

Love

This is an incredible book, read so incredibly well. At times you can hear the emotion in Jonathan's voice and it is deeply moving and inspiring.