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Over the Top

Narrated by: Jonathan Van Ness
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
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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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  • lizzie
  • Bungay, Suffolk
  • 26-09-19

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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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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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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brilliant!!!

amazing story. to have faced so much hardship and be such a positive and inspiring person is amazing.

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Beautiful

I felt embraced by JVN himself, what a brave and wonderful human being who bares his heart and soothes my anxiety! Self love is so difficult, but I feel capable when here stories like this.

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Honest, heart warming.

Honest and heart warming, JVN will be played on repeat to remind me what I am worth. Love him even more than beforez

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awesome book

Love this book and love Jonathan! Applauding your bravery to share your story with us

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Raw, touching and beautiful

The story of Jonathan is beautiful, raw and touching. His struggle to find his true self is so personal and yet so relatable that it is impossible not to love him and consequently this book. Thank you for sharing you story!

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Heartbreaker yet truly hilarious!

Jonathan Van Ness is an absolute treasure. His delivery is everything I hoped and expected of him in this read.
What an inspirational story and a hilarious rollercoaster.
Bless you Jackie!

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JVN in all his glory

Yeah, ok, so JVN is an incredibly fast talker which can be a little hard to get your head around but explains why this book isn't longer! I didn't know his story before, this is very much a no holds barred account of his life but even the tragedy is spoken in a light hearted way so the listener doesn't get bummed out. Love him even more now and want to give hugs. Great audio.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-09-19

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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  • Kavya
  • 05-11-19

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
  • 22-10-19

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
  • 19-10-19

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
  • 11-10-19

wow

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