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Over the Top

Narrated by: Jonathan Van Ness
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
5 out of 5 stars (132 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site.

©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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What a brave and beautiful human!

Absolutely loved this book. Hearing about Jonathan's life journey was incredible, he has been through so much and its amazing to see how far he's come. Would definitely recommend you watch Queer Eye before listening!

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Loving all her parts

Heartfelt, beautiful and as always, inspiring. Recommending this book to everyone who needs positivity today!

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Amazing!

One of the funniest and real book! This book is amazing and the stories give you all sorts of feelings. Highly recommend listening to this with JVN talking. His personality makes this. This is must read!

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do I still love you after listening to this?

I think it made me live you even more and everyone else will when they read or listen to your story! Jonathan one beautiful beautiful human...if only more were like her ♥️♥️♥️♥️

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What a journey!

I never before had a book make me cry and laugh at the same time. Thank you so much for sharing.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE

One of the best audio books I have heard and I now better understand JVN and love him the more for it

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-10-2019

hunny.... stunning!

Laughed, cried and cried laughing.... what an incredible story. this book completely surpassed expectations, and expectations were high!

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  • Happy girl 16
  • 15-10-2019

Amazing!

I loved this book. You get to see another part of him that makes him even more beautiful

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  • MISS VANESSA J LANCASTER
  • 15-10-2019

I love you JVN

Listening to JVN recount his personal stories in a fun, royal way like only he can has had my emotions up and down. Courageous and beautiful. I recommend highly

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-2019

Loved it

It was all amazing, the story was well structured and, plenty of real emotion in the narration. I sad and happy cried for Jack and then for Jonathan.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-10-2019

Fabulous

This book gave me life! It is comforting, hilarious, inspiring and devastating all in the same breath! I have listened to it three times as I just love to be in Jonathan’s company

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  • Lulu
  • 12-10-2019

Yes we still love you!

What a fantastic book, well read. Jonathan’s passion shines out. Your honesty about your life is very touching. Thank you. You give hope to those with similar struggles, to LBTQ et al.

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  • Ali J
  • 12-10-2019

BEST AUDIOBOOK IN A LONG TIME ...

Superb, had me laughing out loud ... love his humour, vulnerability and general all out gayness! Loved every moment in this honest unflincing memoir of living your best Queen life! Will listen again as there is a lot of wisdom too - highly recommended! Love him even more

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  • Wrong
  • 12-10-2019

Love love loved it!

Everyone should hear this story and it's told in a funny and brave and compassionate way ❤️😊

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-10-2019

So pure and so honest

Absolutely love this man! A queen who inspires me! Sad to hear about his troubles and what he has struggled with but loved getting to know him more. Its also hilarious and uplifting also. He is such a Ray of sunshine!!