"This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare" by Gabourey Sidibe

Updated: Jan 30


TITLE: This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

AUTHOR: Gabourey Sidibe

PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

PUBLISHED DATE: May 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-0544786769

PAGES: 256

This book is Faaaaaabulous!!! I hadn't read any reviews on this one, and didn't know what to expect, by Gabourey wrote the HELL out of this book. Insightful, funny, juicy...it has everything you want from a good memoir and more.

Gabourey debuted as the star of Precious at the age of 24. Since then she has gone on to star in American Horror Story and Empire. She was instantly catapulted from poverty into the spotlight. Sidibe is extremely honest, and heartbreakingly so. I laughed, cried, and felt all the feels on this one. I mean...she opens the book talking about overhearing Lee Daniels and André Leon Talley referring to her as a "fat black bitch". She is candid about her depression, eating disorder, suicidal ideation, her parent's salacious and dysfunctional marriage, and her short career as a phone sex operator. She seamlessly explores race, class, along with the highs and lows of fame. Truly, an incredible book that you need to read.

Recommendation: Must Read

Audience: Millenials and Beyond - perfect for the right teen though

*This audiobook was purchased on Audible.

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