Things I Should Have Said: Family, Fame, and Figuring it Out - book cover
Christian Living
  • Publisher : Worthy Books
  • Published : 18 Jan 2022
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN-10 : 1546001026
  • ISBN-13 : 9781546001027
  • Language : English

Things I Should Have Said: Family, Fame, and Figuring it Out

 In this intimate memoir, actress and musician Jamie Lynn Spears opens up for the first time, telling her unfiltered story on her own terms.
You've read the headlines, but you don't know Jamie Lynn Spears. The world first met Jamie Lynn as a child star, when it was her job to perform, both on set and for the press. She spent years escaping into different characters on All That and Zoey 101. But as she grew up, faced a teen pregnancy, raised her daughter on her own, pursued a career, and learned to stand on her own two feet, the real Jamie Lynn started to take center stage– a raw, blemished, and imperfect woman, standing in her own power.

Despite growing up in one of America's most tabloid-famous families, Jamie Lynn has never told her story in her own words. In Things I Should Have Said, she talks frankly about the highs and lows, sharing what it was like traveling the world as a kid, how she moved into acting and performing herself, what life as a child star took from her, and the life-changing reality of becoming a teen mom. She talks about how she finally found love and how the mistakes she has made have taught her more than anything else. She also shares vulnerably about how the ATV accident that nearly took her daughter's life brought her back to her faith and caused her to reevaluate and redirect her life.
Frank, courageous, and inspiring, Things I Should Have Said is a portrait of a wife, momma, sister, daughter, actress, and musician doing the best she could to show up for herself and teach her daughters to have the courage to love every part of themselves, too.

Readers Top Reviews

Lauren GM
Read this because curiosity got the best of me. This could have been boiled down to two chapters. And the writers,, yes the ghost writers, could have done way more showing rather than telling. So much repetition, yet so much contradiction!! JLS says she’s always been there for her sister, yet she knew nothing. That everyone knew she’d be a star, yet always in her sisters shadow.
As I made my way through the first chapter I wasn’t expecting much, the first chapter felt tedious and the quotes were irritating and felt like they were added more for entertainment value rather than factuality as Jamie Lynn wasn’t actually there to know what was said, I just felt that the first chapter could’ve been written a lot better and if your first chapter isn’t great then it’s not really a good start when trying to draw an audience in but as I went on the book surprised me, although I wasn’t a fan of Jamie Lynns rambling throughout the book, it was hard to keep up with her constant time travelling, as an example, she talks about splitting with Casey and then in the next sentence she’s jumped back to when they were previously together without any indication that we were being taken back in time, it was confusing and irritating.. next time Jamie Lynn, try to keep events in order or at least give us some indication that you’re taking us on a time travel expedition. The parts where she detailed Britneys mental state and her defence of their dad and the C/ship irritated me tbh as I feel Britney has been through enough without this and let’s be honest, Jamie did not ever have his daughters best interests at heart, her defence of him felt like a betrayal to the real victim, who is Britney and this is why I’m only giving it 3 stars. That being said majority of the book is about Jamie Lynn and her feelings growing up, working as a child star and her journey into motherhood and navigating her way through it, I really enjoyed those parts. The chapter detailing Maddies accident was by far the best chapter and was the best written in the whole book, it felt like it was the most honest chapter and Jamie Lynn bared her soul to the point you could feel the emotion coming off the pages.. I won’t lie, I cried through the whole chapter and have to agree that it was a miracle, how that poor girl survived being under water for over 6 minutes is astounding. I felt quite sad reading the book, the family dynamics growing up clearly weren’t the best environment for children to be in and it became clear from Jamie Lynns recount of her relationship with Casey (*cough* Casper the ghost 😂) that she’d picked up a lot of learned behaviours from her mother turning a blind eye to Jamie’s addictions and disappearing acts. Overall the book is quite good once you get past the tedious first chapter, but for the price, I’ve read better and cheaper books.. it’s definitely not worth the hardback price.

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