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NPR's Favorite Books of the Year

Indie Best Seller

Goodreads Choice Award Winner: Best Memoir & Autobiography

A laugh-and-cry-out-loud memoir from the beloved star of Netflix’s Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness, sharing never-before-told, deeply personal stories of growing up gay, transforming pain into positivity, and embracing what makes you gorgeously different.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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"Jonathan Van Ness narrates his hilarious and moving memoir with all the bright energy he's known for - no one but the queer icon himself could narrate his story.... Van Ness holds no emotions back as he shares the impact of that trauma, along with the difficulty of growing up femme and gay, learning of his HIV-positive diagnosis, and recovering from addiction. His voice shakes as he shares a powerful truth with listeners: 'We are never too broken to heal.'" (AudioFile Magazine)

"There is plenty to laugh at in the ways Van Ness frames his story - like protecting the identities of his loved ones, exes, fellow drug addicts and johns with 'Russian aliases' like Doroteya and Sergei and Helenskaya; or layering pop-culture references with the ways they formed him, as many queer comedians and artists do. But it is his candid articulation of his evolving relationship with himself, his acceptance of who he is, that brings the one-liners their sweetness. His narration, as pithy and 'over the top' as his beloved TV persona, is incredibly endearing. The battles that Van Ness has waged against the darker corners of his soul to become the bright light we know today provide the necessary context for this book to shine." (The New York Times Book Review)

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I loved it queen!

What a wonderful book. So honest and beautiful, funny and heart breaking. I could not stop listening and finished it in one day. Love Jonathan

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JVN at his finest

Just like Tan France and Karamo Brown the Khaleesi of the Queer Eye Boys serves raw honesty in her first book. I find myself listening to this on repeat, it's so beautiful and heartbreaking. It feels like a good friend telling you his truth and I cannot help myself but listen to it over and over again.

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As real as it gets

I always knew I loved jvn, but this book here showed me just how much!!

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Eine Geschichte voller Hochs und Tiefs

Bei jeder Gelegenheit wieder eingeschaltet. Eine tolle Produktion um die Geschichte eines besonderen Menschen zu erzählen.

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Recommendable!

I fell in love with this audio book... Through the book I felt all kinds of emotions... laughing, shocking, sad, etc. Thank you JVN for sharing your story!

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amazing

is not a story about a queer person but a memoir of a great human being

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Fantastic

inspiring, strong, whole-hearted. loved it. love JVN and his honesty. full recommendations to everyone, as in everyone

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brilliant in it's charm

A book that made me feel so good about this confusing world. JVN is brutally honest, daringly outspoken and wonderfully entertaining all at the same time. A must read for anyone that cares for autobiographies.

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Love

I loved everything about this♡ It made laught; it made me cry; it comforted me; it taught me many new things but most it taught me that it is never too late to start loving and accepting myself! And for this lesson I am very grateful^^