This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare

Diversity Book Review
Reviewer: Angelica Hughes, Tax Analyst III
Title: This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare
Author: Gabourey Sidibe

This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare is a first account story told by author Gabourey Sidibe whose life experiences touch many common struggles we all shy away from.

Every stage of her life has its very complicated internal battles that she freely opens up about in her book. The most significant of all is one she has had to deal with most of her life, being in her own skin. Gabby is a very large black female who thought everything about her would prevent her from obtaining any kind of success in her life. She was ashamed of her family dynamics, her job, her hair, her very round cheeks, her relationships, etc. She also speaks of being bullied, having low self-esteem, depression and panic attacks. It’s definitely a book that will be hard to put down once you start reading it. She is so real and allows the reader to almost feel like she is right there telling her life story to them.

Slowly, Gabby reveals how surreal her journey to fame was and dives into the “behind the scenes” of her mindset during the entire process. You almost get to feel her joy personally and the freedom from all her labels as the book comes to end. I think she says it best in her quote:

“I kinda just wrote the truth and it made me feel better – so I wrote more, and I felt even better. After two years of telling the truth on the page as I know it, I’ve written an entire book that has helped reshape my view on life, my work, my body, my family, and most important – myself.”

She accomplished so much in her constant uphill battle called life, that you have no other option but to feel proud and satisfied that she is who she is today. Most of us know Gabby as Precious in her 2009 debut film, and currently as Becky from the hit series Empire.

This book review reflects the opinions of the reviewer and does not reflect the opinions of Horizon BCBSNJ.