• Love That Story

  • Observations from a Gorgeously Queer Life
  • By: Jonathan Van Ness
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Van Ness
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (547 ratings)

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Love That Story

By: Jonathan Van Ness
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Publisher's Summary

In Jonathan Van Ness’ New York Times best-selling memoir Over the Top, he showed listeners how the incredibly difficult moments from his life (surviving sexual abuse and addiction, being diagnosed with HIV) have existed alongside great joy and positivity (landing a breakout role on Netflix’s Queer Eye, becoming an amateur figure skater and professional standup comedian, doting on his cats). If Jonathan has learned anything from these experiences, it’s that in order to thrive, he had to push past the shame and fear of being his true self. To embark on that journey, he had to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

In this candid and curious essay collection, Jonathan takes a thoughtful, in-depth look at timely topics through the lens of his own personal experience—instances that have required him to learn, grow, and back handspring layout to a better understanding of the world around him. He dives deeply and widely—from a poignant reflection on grief and embracing body neutrality to an examination of the HIV safety net and white privilege—to share the ways in which he has learned to embrace change. These stories speak to doing the work to challenge internalized beliefs, finding compassion and confidence, and learning more about what makes us all so messy and gorgeous. 

Balancing the dark and the light, the serious and the signature humor that is Jonathan Van Ness, these essays will encourage listeners to examine their individual assumptions and expand their horizons. Ultimately, it is about giving ourselves the permission to be the flawed and fabulous humans we are, and loving our stories.

©2022 Nathan Johan (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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JVN gets real
Just about a month ago, my fiancé and I went on vacation, packing up our suitcases and settling in for a train ride that clocked in at over 24 hours. Our one saving grace in that itsy-bitsy roomette? The two seasons of Queer Eye we downloaded for the journey—no one, and I mean no one, makes time fly quite like the Fab Five. Needless to say, when Jonathan Van Ness announced his essay collection Love That Story, I was immediately on board. Fueled by the same curiosity and compassion that drive his podcast, Van Ness tackles the aftermath of vulnerably baring his soul in his 2019 memoir, Over the Top, the nonlinear process of grieving a shattering unexpected loss, impulse spending and the connection between fashion and identity, white fragility, the criminalization of cannabis, and so much more. In signature JVN fashion, he also brings plenty of humor, heart, and no shortage of gymnastics references and ice-skating similes to each and every moment, crafting an insightful, joyful collection that’s a must for both longtime fans and open-minded, inquisitive listeners looking to challenge assumptions and learn something new along the way. —Alanna M., Audible Editor

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Thank you!

I just wanted to thank you for being so you!
I have a beautiful, amazing,strong transgender daughter. She recently came out to the family after 27 years of being my son. I love her and support her with everything that I am! I just wanted to express my gratitude towards you and your honesty about all that you have been through! I am so very proud of my daughter for being her true self! You have helped me with her transition, you’ve made me laugh and cry and know that love is all you need to get through this crazy funked up life!!! I love you , keep making people smile!!!!!

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Touching and so intelligent

I learned so much from this book!
I cried.
I laughed.
I would recommend this book to anyone who would read it. And anyone who doesn’t want to read it. Open your heart and mind.
Please please please write more Jonathan.
All people need this information!
Congratulations you totally made it!
I love you!

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Jonathan is Laugh Out Loud Funny

This book has to be enjoyed on audiobook! I loved that it was quick and that Jonathan is so passionate!

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Fire and Other Emotions

Finished it in less than a day. I laughed, I cried, and it reignited a fire in me to recognize my privilege and wield it for good.

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every chapter is eye op3ning

history..public policy..racial issues..you name it..served up with flair. i want to send this book to everyone

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Love Him

I love him and his message. I liked his first book more, but that is not to say this one wasn't as good.

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Love JVN

Do you love JVN? Then you’ll adore this book. They manage to write about some tough topics with all the grace and style they have on screen and in life. I enjoyed this very much and am hopeful that this will reach people who may not have thought to read about some of these things. Excellent.

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Brilliant

This audiobook will hug you through hard topics while giving you perspectives you hadn’t considered. So lovingly written while discussing hard truths. Immediately bought their first book.

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Loved hearing Jonathan narrate!

Listening was so much better than reading could have been, as his voice seems quintessential to his story. Loved loved loved all the social justice components.

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Wonderfully human

Let me just start by saying that I love Jonathan Van Ness. And this book, as well as the previous book, has further solidified that love. Jonathan continues to share his beautifully human heart and soul while educating others on topics that desperately need to be discussed in America. I truly applaud his ability to be so open and passionate about not only his own struggles and challenges but those of others’. I think it’s admirable that although he recognizes his fame, he’s still humble and genuine and embraces the journey it took to get there all while continually lifting others and using his voice to advocate for important issues. The world could use more beautiful people like Jonathan, full of compassion, grace, love, and most likely powdered donuts.❤️