October 4, 2017
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare
"Adulthood is all about waiting to take your pants off." ~ pg. 30
Born a "cynical, suspicious, forty-five-year-old divorcée" to a polygamist and subway singer, Gabourey was special. You know Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe from her breakout role on Precious, Empire and The Big C. She always seemed like the coolest girl ever to be friends with. Comedy with no effort. A contagious smile. Foodie. Hard worker. All-around fun. So of course I wanted to read her memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare.
Gabourey tells her truths in this revealing book. She discusses heavy topics such as her eating disorder, panic attacks and depression. She is very candid about working in a phone-hoe factory and reactions to social media comments. Not only is This Is Just My Face a funny recollection of Gabby's life, but it is also full of lessons. I learned never to marry for a green card; it just ain't worth it. Believe in psychics...sometimes. Finally someone else wishes for special sarcasm font. And to MYOB: Mind Your Own Body.
"You came into the world by yourself, and the next person's lungs don't help you breathe." ~ pg. 34
I am glad this book was written in chronological order as a memoir rather than a collection of essays. Otherwise, it would have been less clear to see how the universe worked in Gabby's favor and how certain situations led to change. I encourage my bookhearts to read this unconventional rise to fame, good health and happiness.
To the author herself: Kudos for writing your own story!
Title: This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare
Author: Gabourey Sidibe
Published: May 2017
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤