The Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress delivers a much-awaited memoir–wise, complex, smart, funny–a version of the American experience different from anything we’ve read
Gabourey Sidibe–“Gabby” to her legion of fans–skyrocketed to international fame in 2009 when she played the leading role in Lee Daniels’s acclaimed movie Precious. In This Is Just My Face,she shares a one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the unique characters she’s played onscreen. With full-throttle honesty, Sidibe paints her Bed-Stuy/Harlem family life with a polygamous father and a gifted mother who supports her two children by singing in the subway. Sidibe tells the engrossing, inspiring story of her first job as a phone sex “talker.” And she shares her unconventional (of course!) rise to fame as a movie star, alongside “a superstar cast of rich people who lived in mansions and had their own private islands and amazing careers while I lived in my mom’s apartment.”
Sidibe’s memoir hits hard with self-knowing dispatches on friendship, depression, celebrity, haters, fashion, race, and weight (“If I could just get the world to see me the way I see myself,” she writes, “would my body still be a thing you walked away thinking about?”). Irreverent, hilarious, and untraditional, This Is Just My Face will resonate with anyone who has ever felt different, and with anyone who has ever felt inspired to make a dream come true.
Release Date: May First 2017
Average Rating: 4.7/5 🌟
My Thoughts and Review
I loved the book Precious, and so I requested to review Gabourey’s memoir to find out about the person who played the character Precious in the film of that book, as I thought Gabourey played the role brilliantly. She talks about that in her book, and feeling like a contest winner as she stood between Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey on the red carpet, and describes her illjudged wardrobe choices, which I found so relatable, as was when she writes, ‘I couldn’t tell her that I couldn’t stop crying and that I hated everything about myself,’
Before she starred in Precious Gabourey was depressed, working in a call centre, and hadn’t had the desire to be a actress. Her childhood is written about, but that’s a whole story in itself, and I will leave that for you to look forward to if you pick up a copy of this book.
Fame is frankly written about: false rumours about her death, and money. Gabourey is down to earth, funny, and her book is one of those you don’t realise where you are, what’s going on around you, or even that you’re reading, because This is Just my Face is so entertaining.
My only problem was, I’m not disputing the events of the book, this is nonfiction, but I felt because some people had predicted Gabourey would be famous in the future, that she was almost flippant about getting the role of Precious, as she has such little acting experience; she is a two time college dropout, and she then finds her purpose in life in acting. It read like a fairytale. I felt disappointed by the end of the book, but this is an enjoyable read, and gives you into insight into fame, and family.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher of this book for gifting me with a copy!
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