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Over the Top - by Jonathan Van Ness

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Book Synopsis





A laugh-and-cry-out-loud memoir from the beloved star of Netflix's Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness

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 judgement, 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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There is plenty to laugh at in the ways "Queer Eye"'s grooming expert frames his story, but it's the battles he's waged against the darker corners of his soul to become the bright light we know today that provide the necessary context for this book to shine.--The New York Times
Dimensions (Overall): 8 Inches (H) x 5.3 Inch (W) x .8 Inch (D)
Weight: .5 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs
Publisher: HarperOne
Format: Paperback
Author: Jonathan Van Ness
Language: English
Street Date: September 29, 2020
TCIN: 79852022
UPC: 9780062906380
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0616
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship dimensions: 1 inches length x 5.31 inches width x 8 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.65 pounds
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3.8 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews
50% would recommend
4 recommendations

Optimistic & Thought Provoking

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
MKSW - 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot, really interesting perspective and stories, I think some of the loneliness and feeling out of place as a child will resonate with a lot of readers.
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2 out of 5 stars
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Bkipp - 2 years ago
I really wanted to like this book. I got about halfway through and returned it. I couldn’t keep turning pages and putting myself through it. Was really campy and I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it. Nothing really stood out to me or drew me in to want to read more. Seems like he lived a ordinary life if you ask me
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1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Eli - 4 years ago
Reads like an Instagram post
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Jonathan's story touched my heart

5 out of 5 stars
Amber - 4 years ago
I just stumbled upon Jonathan's book and read the free Kindle sample for kicks. It was so interesting and fun to read I decided to buy it. I should note I'd never heard of Jonathan van Ness before, and I've never seen the Queer Eye TV show. The book was that good that I wasn't a fan before and now I just love JVN for all that he's been through in life and the positive presence he brings to the world now. If you've been through addiction, depression, and just really low points in life then you'll get something out of this book. It touches on humanity and suffering and finding the light again. Highly recommended. Oh, and the audiobook is just fantastic because JVN reads it himself and it adds a lot of character!
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5 out of 5 stars
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Kelly - 5 years ago, Verified purchaser
I couldn’t put this books down. I loved it
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