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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.

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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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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A great book written by a great person!!

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

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One of the best autobiographies I’ve ever read

So heartwarming, funny and sassy. A delight to read. I loved this book so much I read it all in one day. A fascinating story that has so much heart, Van Ness’ delivery definitely adds another dimension to this gorgeous book. Highly recommend.

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Love JVN even more.

An amazing book and love the honesty from JVN. A must read and narrated beautifully by the Main Queen herself.

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All about his life and struggles ❤

If your looking for a self help book this might not be the one for you. It's more about his life and struggles and childhood and how he stayed strong and got through it. He always entertains me so it was nice listening to his journey.

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Didn't think I could love JVN more!

Jonathan, warts and all, is an even better human being than his Queer Eye persona shows. One of the many things I took away from this book is that if you struggle to understand what "non binary" means in reality, this book will give you the simplest understanding through JVN's voice. And I think I adore him mother too, now!

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absolutely stunning, moving raw story

I'm bad at writing reviews but omg this book was absolutely amazing!!! thank you JVN for sharing your story with the world, I have a whole new level of appreciation for you!!! you are a stunning fierce queen!!!

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beautiful

thank you Jonathan for being so open and sharing your story. it was wonderful to read.

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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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  • Laura Dunn
  • 08-02-20

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
  • 05-11-19

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