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.”
Have you ever heard the line ” You should write a book!”? I’m sure we all have at some point in our life. I can definitively say that Gabourey Sidibe needed to write this book. Her life was not what I expected but we all assume at some time that we may know more about a person than we actually do. I mean I’m not going to lie I decided to read her book in the first place because she is a plus sized actress and I was hoping to find a little of my own hiccups and maybe even a little confidence and encouragement.
Gabourey takes us on a trip into the eighties and what a trip. I literally laughed out loud at so many parts in this book. I actually enjoyed the fact that she didn’t focus most of the book around her weight. Her resilience and strength is very inspiring.
I recommend this book to anyone who usually doesn’t read autobiographies. 5 out of 5 stars!