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Things I Should Have Said

By: Jamie Lynn Spears
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In this intimate national bestselling memoir, actress and musician Jamie Lynn Spears opens up for the first time, telling her unfiltered story on her own terms.

You’ve read the headlines, but you don’t know Jamie Lynn Spears. The world first met Jamie Lynn as a child star, when it was her job to perform, both on set and for the press. She spent years escaping into different characters—on All That, Zoey 101, and even in the role as Britney’s kid sister. But as she grew up, faced a teen pregnancy, raised her daughter on her own, pursued a career, and learned to stand on her own two feet, the real Jamie Lynn started to take center stage - a raw, blemished, and imperfect woman, standing in her own power.

Despite growing up in one of America's most tabloid-famous families, Jamie Lynn has never told her story in her own words. In Things I Should Have Said, she talks frankly about the highs and lows, sharing what it was like traveling the world as a kid, how she moved into acting and performing herself, what life as a child star took from her, and the life-changing reality of becoming a teen mom. She talks about how she finally found love and how the mistakes she has made have taught her more than anything else. She also shares vulnerably about how the ATV accident that nearly took her daughter's life brought her back to her faith and caused her to reevaluate and redirect her life.

Frank, courageous, and inspiring, Things I Should Have Said is a portrait of a wife, momma, sister, daughter, actress, and musician doing the best she could to show up for herself and teach her daughters to have the courage to love every part of themselves, too.

©2022 Jamie Lynn Spears (P)2022 Worthy Books

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The most surprising thing about this book is the author’s inability to take responsibility for anything in her life.

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Jamie Lynn Spears' audiobook, "The Things I Should have Said," offers a candid glimpse into her life, addressing the relentless criticism she's faced recently. The negative spotlight on her, painting her as money-hungry and fame-driven, is dissected in a narrative that seeks to provide a more balanced understanding.

The Goodreads average of 2.65 stars seems unfairly low, likely influenced by individuals quick to judge without delving into the content. Contrary to the critics, the audiobook proves to be more than just a platform for airing family grievances. Instead, it primarily focuses on Jamie Lynn's journey into motherhood and her personal growth, steering clear of constant comparisons to her famous sister, Britney.

Having been a fan of Jamie Lynn since her Nickelodeon days, I found her story intriguing. Despite claims that she's only famous due to her sister, those of us who grew up watching her shows know she had a talent deserving recognition.

The use of a pseudonym for her baby's father raises curious questions, and the book could benefit from addressing this aspect. However, the heartfelt account of the day her daughter faced a life-threatening situation is truly moving, revealing the challenges Jamie Lynn has overcome.

The sibling dynamics between Jamie Lynn and Britney come to the forefront, especially during the chapter on the conservatorship. Jamie Lynn's perspective sheds light on the complexities of their relationship, questioning Britney's absence during crucial moments in her life.

Approaching the controversial conservatorship topic, Jamie Lynn's viewpoint offers a more nuanced understanding. Her frustration with Britney's portrayal in the media and the pressure from "Free Britney" supporters is evident. The book hints at a family grappling with their own challenges, acknowledging that each member experiences events differently.

In the end, "The Things I Never Said" provides a valuable perspective on Jamie Lynn's life, offering a counterbalance to the narratives that have dominated public discourse. While it may not be a literary masterpiece, the audiobook offers a genuine portrayal of a woman navigating the complexities of fame, family, and motherhood.

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Beautifully written and performed

I listened to this book after I listened to Britney’s book and I must say I really empathised with Jamie Lynn and everything she has been through on a deeper level than with Britneys book. I believe she has a very mature and balanced way of expressing her point of view. Her words were beautifully written and she shows so much insight and perspective. Highly recommend.

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Worth it

This book shows the life of a Spears through a different set of eyes. Definitely worth the read.

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Insightful & Raw

I commend Jamie Lyn for pouring her heart and soul into this book. Being open and honest and showing an insight into life through her eyes and the path she has been on both as an individual and as a mother.

This book shows how our childhood experiences and upbringing mould us and ultimately impacts our thoughts, beliefs and view of the world. That the environment we are raised in can shape and impact us not only as kids but affect us into adulthood.

I may have a life very different to Jamie Lynn but many parts really resonated with me in particular; how our childhood affects how we handle experiences in adulthood, how toxic abusive relationships are not easy to escape especially when a child is involved and ultimately the experience of wanting a life much different to what you grow up with. Realising your own inner strength and that you are deserving of better and not settling for anything less.
Thank you for sharing your story Jamie Lynn.

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Worth a read

Personally, I really enjoyed the book. This book is NOT about Britney at all, she mentions her in later chapters but I felt it was does respectfully.

Insight from Jamie Lynne’s perspective & how she’s breaking the cycle to live her life on her terms.

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Better than I expected

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book when I purchased it but I’m glad I did. She really gave insight into what a lonely and chaotic childhood she had and the skewed family dynamics.
Of course she couldn’t really write a book about herself and her family without mentioning her sister but she does do it in a respectful manner and only really gets into it in the last chapters.

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