Book Review: Over the Top by Johnathan 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

My Thoughts:


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I am so glad that I made this fantastic book my first read of the year. It was absolutely what I needed to work on shaking off the funk of 2020 and stepping into 2021. Like many I am sure, I have some baggage that I am working on getting over. I have adored Johnathan since he lit onto our screens in the new queer eye and this book did not disappoint.

It made me cry, it made me laugh, it made me look at some of the things in my life and just about everything else you could feel. JVN has been through a lot, but he has not let that stop him from being who he is and living his dreams. I love that. I also found it a reminder that sure its great if when you are super young and all you get that nice path, but it never matters what your age is. You can make things happen for yourself. You have to believe in you and a fresh hair cut could never hurt either.

It might sound trite, but it is not meant that way at all, one of my dreams is to have my hair worked on by JVN. That would really make me one happy lady. In the meantime, this book has gone onto my shelf for keepers next to my Prince Autobiography. If you know me, you know how seriously I take that spot.



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