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Jamie Lynn Spears topped the charts with her controversial memoir, “Things I Should Have Said.” The new book, which was released this week, quickly rose to number one on Amazon’s best-selling Christian/inspirational books chart. It’s also number two (as of this writing) on the more specialized chart of TV performer biographies (just behind Valerie Bertinelli’s new advice book).
Both charts are subcategories of Amazon’s overall bestseller list, where Spears’ book does not perform as well. It currently sits at number 95, just above a biography on George Soros, and behind “Big Shot Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 16”.
Spears has actively promoted her memoir, which is about “a raw, blemished, flawed woman who stands in her own power,” according to the editor’s notes. The book focuses on Spears’ upbringing in Louisiana, watching her sister Britney’s rise to fame, before entering the entertainment industry herself as a child star on Nickelodeon. Young Spears’ career would ultimately be put on hold by a surprise pregnancy, with Jamie Lynn writing candidly about the experience of becoming a teenage mother in the public eye.
While ‘Things I Should Have Said’ is supposed to be a book about Jamie Lynn Spears, the actress has drawn ire from Britney Spears fans – and Britney herself – for ostensibly using the singer’s tutelage and high-profile struggles to promote the book. Among some of the revelations: Jamie Lynn revealed that her older sister began exhibiting ‘erratic’ and ‘spiraling’ behavior before being placed under her guardianship, which the elder Spears denied. Britney’s lawyer has since sent a cease and desist letter to Jamie Lynn, which states that Britney will take legal action if her younger brother continues to speak “in a derogatory way” about her during the promotional campaign for his new book.
For her part, Jamie Lynn has defended her actions, insisting that she is Britney’s “biggest fan” and has always had her older sister’s best interests at heart. The book’s publisher, Worthy Books, was also quick to focus the memoir on Jamie Lynn’s life, rather than the rest of his family. In a statement, Worthy Books says the memoir is a portrait of a woman who “raised her daughter alone, pursued a career and learned to fend for herself.”
Jamie Lynn Spears’ new book, “Things I Should Have Said: Family, Fame, and Figuring it Out” is now available on Amazon as a hardcover book, Kindle, and audiobook, narrated by Spears herself. You can also listen to the book for free with a 30-day free trial on Audible here.