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Over the Top

Narrated by: Jonathan Van Ness
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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.

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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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Fun, honest, moving!

Stylist and media presenter, JVN, narrates his autobiography with his usual verve and exuberance. As someone with a big personality he never had any chance of hiding the fact that he was gay, so growing up in a midwestern town in the States was always going to be difficult. JVN lays out his his good and bad choices very honestly and with good humour. There are some very serious topics such as body shape, drug use, prostitution, HIV, and workplace bullying, to name a few. What shines through are the messages about self-acceptance, that real beauty comes from within, and that it’s ok to make mistakes. 🎧 JVN’s effervescent delivery is entertaining in itself but you can also hear where he is moved by the harder topics. If you love Queer Eye, you’ll love this.

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Worth it

Such an interesting person, so great to understand him more and see how his hornet began. Wonderful book.

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How to love JVN even more...

What a gorgeous, raw, emotional, empowering read this was.
Hearing the words directly from JVN's mouth made it so much more personal and at times, even harder to hear.
Yes, I sobbed at points but mostly I sat and smiled, responded YES QUEEN several times and hugged myself with the realisation of how much we all need to love on ourselves more and more and more.
I had no idea of his life path prior to reading and my heart explodes with love for little Jack and all he endured.
JVN you continue to inspire me, fill me with joy and give me space to forgive my "not so cute moments". Thank you for sharing.
Love!

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Great listen

I absolutely loved this book, it had me laughing, crying and everything in between. I love that JVN told his truth raw and all.

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Over the Top

A gorgeous, funny, deeply honest review of himself, her life and how he got to where she is now, how she navigates her way through life tumbles and all, narrated by him/herself. Just beautiful. I loved it. I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be so funny and raw. There’s take home messages for everyone here. JVN has a huge heart, is incredibly intelligent, witty and sarcastic and lovable.

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Incredibly real

A beautiful story that shows the value of vulnerability, self love and learning to find your true self.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-05-2020

what a Queen among Queens

as a pansexual and gender non conforming woman who has struggled and continues to battle with lots of mental health issues, this book made me feel like maybe I can learn to like myself. because jvn is my most favourite human being, and if he can hit those lows and still be lovable. maybe I can too.

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  • Charlotte Brown
  • 23-04-2020

Wonderfully poignant and heartfelt to the core.

Love this autobiography. Jonathan doesn't shy away from the difficult issues he's faced. A must read.

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  • JCowin
  • 21-04-2020

I loved it and now I live JVN even more

I loved hearing JVN's story. It had great pace, wasn't self indulgent and was as beautiful and humble and entertaining as you see on TV. Obvs with loads more honesty. I love how inspiring JVN is with his honesty and humour and realness

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  • Alexis
  • 18-04-2020

So moving, and there's cats in it too!

This audio was just a solace to listen to whilst I pottered around doing my hustle. However by the final chapters it had my undivided attention, and my eyes even leaked in the very last chapter. Just fab. I felt like I knew him, and Jonathan/ Jack, if you are reading this review of your book, know I love you even more than when I started this book. Because you love cats just as much as me, as well as myriad other new reasons.

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  • Stella
  • 17-04-2020

Raw, real and riveting!

This book had me gripped from the start. I already loved Jonathan but now love him even more since hearing his life story!
I laughed and cried out loud and could start all over again from the top!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-2020

Inspirational

Absolutely amazing from the start to the end. Knowing everything and still loving you JVN ❤️

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  • durham_2011
  • 22-03-2020

A great book written by a great person!!

I already thought highly of JVN, now I admire him even more after reading this.