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3.00328947368421 out of 53.00328947368421 out of 53.00328947368421 out of 53.00328947368421 out of 53.00328947368421 out of 5 3.00 (608 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Hudson Narrator: Jennifer Hudson, Shanelle Gabriel Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jennifer Hudson is best known for her appearance as a finalist on American Idol as well as her role in Dreamgirls. I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, an autobiography covering her rise to success and weight loss journey, is her first book.

The book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the American Idol audition process. It continues with detailed stories of her days on Idol, where she made fans across the country and finished seventh. Hudson also writes extensively about being cast in Dreamgirls, shooting the film and her reaction to winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film.

Hudson is candid about her struggle with weight issues, including how upbringing told her looks were more important than health and how the birth of her son inspired her to start living a healthy lifestyle. After suffering a personal tragedy when her mother, brother and nephew were killed in 2008, Jennifer took awhile off to regroup and returned as a Weight Watchers' celebrity spokeswoman in 2010. Since that time, she's lost more than 80 pounds and become a positive and encouraging role model to millions searching for weight loss success. In the book, she offers an introduction to the Weight Watchers plan as well as tips on how she's adopted healthy habits.

American was first introduced to Hudson in 2004, when she appeared on the third season of American Idol. Dreamgirls followed just two years later. The film was praised by audiences and critics alike, and won Hudson an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

A personal and inspirational memoir from Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, focused on her amazing transformation as she embraced a healthy lifestyle and lost over eighty pounds.

Soulful and sultry, Jennifer Hudson wowed the world with her powerful voice in American Idol’s third season, and then took Hollywood by storm with a star turn in Dreamgirls that won her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. But before we knew her as an American Idol standout, Jennifer was singing in her church choir in the Southside of Chicago. This uplifting memoir tells the story of Jennifer’s meteoric rise from American Idol to Dreamgirls to her amazing weight loss on the megablockbuster Weight Watchers diet plan. With the Weight Watchers brand endorsing her, Jennifer gives her fans tips for embracing a healthy lifestyle in order to lose weight and reclaim their bodies. 

Full of stories from her American Idol days, her experience acting in Dreamgirls, and how her son inspired her to want to live healthfully, this book is a gift for her millions of fans and an inspiration for anyone struggling with weight issues.

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/18/2014

    " Somewhat repetitive, but inspiring story. Good read for weight watcher users with needed motivation! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pat | 2/14/2014

    " A good inspirational read, quick, several good quotes. Way to go Jennifer! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tanya Sillitti | 2/13/2014

    " One of the worst books I've ever read... well, I can't even say that. I stopped reading 3/4 of the way through. I used to find Jennifer Hudson intriquing but this book expanded on none of what makes her tick and she came off sounding, well, boring and not inspiring. Bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cynthia | 2/1/2014

    " Really 3.5 stars. Loved the beginning and then the end was her love of Weight Watchers. I really respect her lifestyle and attitude about her stardom and she seems really down to earth in the book. It just felt at the end that Weight watchers was promoting the book. Happy for her change of life. "

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