Jonathan Van Ness grew up in a small Midwestern town that didn’t quite understand why he was so over the top. JVN was an easy target and endured years of judgement, ridicule and trauma all because he was gay, but none of it crushed his unique and effervescent spirit. JVN’s memoir Over the Top uncovers the pain and the passion that it took for JVN to become the model of self-love and acceptance that he is today.
It is not a secret that I am a huge fan of the queen that is JVN, so as soon as I found out that he would be releasing a memoir, I knew I had to read it. I have come out of reading this book thinking that JVN isn’t just an incredible queen but also an amazing role model and overall excellent person.
Starting this book I didn’t quite know what to expect. The first thing I was thinking was does JVN write like he talks. He does and I loved it. The other thing I was thinking was am I going to learn more about JVN by reading this book. The answer is yes, you learn so much more about him by reading this book.
Over the Top shows all the pain and passion that JVN went through to become who he is today. It is raw, honest and incredibly real throughout. JVN shares secrets he has never before told and shows sides of himself that the public hasn’t seen before. If you think you know JVN already then read this book and you will find out so much more about him and all of the experiences, pain and excitement he has been through.
This book made me laugh out loud, in places it made me cry and it made me realise that no matter how broken or lost I may be along the way I am strong and I can do it. Thank you Jonathan for being who you are!