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rohith jyothish
This beautiful young lady is so down to earth. Very well written.
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farhan mohmed
Wow, when I bought this book, I thought it would be something different, but this shows you how "you can't judge a book by its cover".
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Reading this book is like hanging out with Gabourey and getting a backstage pass to her incredible life. She writes like she's telling you (and only you) the way it really all went down. Her confidence and humor will uplift you, and she might just teach you a thing or two about transforming pain into something beautiful.
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lovely book
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christopher sidor
Great story, told really well! I felt like I was having a conversation with Gabourey!
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penny van horn
What an amazing and honest story. I laughed out loud and yet felt the tenderness to f growing up different. I read it one sitting and wished I hadn't gone so fast. Great story teller!
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whitney la rocca
Amazing book. Thanks
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deasy pane
Read this book and you will find out. She is funny, sarcastic and sarcastically funny. I feel like we are home girls now. Like she is legit my home girl and I feel like we have shared tea with each other. She lets you in to her life. I mean like all the way in and talks about her African Heritage, family, how she over came an eating disorder, interesting job choices (lol lets just say don't be quick to judge a job that puts food on the table and pays bills) and her road to fame.

Note: she worked hard to get to where she is and all of her hard work is not unnoticed. She also makes sure that you know that her name is Gabourey and not Precious!

There was not a chapter in this book that didn't make me laugh and some even made me shed a tear or 2. I'm not going to lie in one chapter I was looking at Gabby (Like I said I feel like we are homegirls so I can call her Gabby) saying "OMG I know you DID NOT"! She also talks about her decision on getting the weight loss surgery done and NO IT WAS NOT for you haters that bashed her on social media.

Gabby- I can't wait to see you in other projects as well as the projects that you are working on. Keep doing you and being the phenomenal woman that you are. Remember that "you are the BOMB!" 44 told you himself.
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katherine rowe
Everything arrived as advertised. I am very satisfied. I bought this book as a gift for my daughter who looks a lot like the author and experiences similar issues.
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Real and funny.
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So funny , worth the read
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leonardo arenas
Excellent book! I loved it! I enjoyed her humor and her honesty.
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katherine wood
The book was OK. the store burger great job at getting me the book in a timely manner.
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lester glavey
Candid, funny, and honest memoir!
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Easy read, enjoyed it immensely, funny girl!
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anoop singh
Want to cancel this order.
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Lightning fast delivery. A great summer read.
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When you devour a book that leaves you hungry for more, you know you've read something special. I read this book while on an Amtrak train to NY, but I felt as if I was sitting at my dining room table while pouring Gabourey some fine wine and sharing pasta. You go deep with this book and come out on the other side feeling as if you've made a new friend. Sidibe's style is casual, frank, intelligent and insightful; her honesty makes her most appealing because she's as unapologetic as it gets about her life. And what's to apologize for? Nothing. It's her life, she shares it with you and you just need to understand that she's far more special than you thought while you were watching her hurl wicked words at Kathy Bates! Sidibe ranks as one of my favorite people--she's more than an actress, more than a fierce black girl, more than a gorgeous icon of beauty--she's just one truly amazing soul who blesses us all! I smiled, I laughed, I cried, and I finished the book wishing that I could jump to the future for her next volume of riches. Thank you, Gabourey--you truly are just divine and anyone who reads this book will fall in love with you all over again!
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danielle bennett
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andy danielson
A woman who does not care about what others think, yet admits her anxiety about mainstream cultural norms. I love her, and teh book lived up to my expectations. We need real, smart, and intelligent role models for our girls- well here is one!
Highly recommended.
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jackie lardeur
Did not care for the book
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Cant download it
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stuart meczes
Since this is a non-fiction novel, I don’t feel like I can divide this up in “good vs. bad” as I usually do. This is someone’s life we’re talking about. I’m not going to be the judge of that. We all make good decisions, bad ones and… sometimes we even run away from taking them in the first place. How can I possibly go “Oh, I didn’t like THAT” when it’s one of Gabourey’s own decisions? I can’t. So this is going to be me rambling on and on – enjoy!

First off – if you hadn’t noticed yet – this is the story of a black, plus-sized woman who fought to get where she is now.
In her own sassy and sarcastic way she shares everything she’s been through, how she got where she is now and – most importantly – that it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. She shows how her life isn’t all that perfect, but she’s still happy with the way it is and the decisions she’s made. Sharing all those little and big events is admirable because there are definitely some hard topics mentioned.

In TIJMF, there is one specific subject touched upon that hit me hard. Stomach surgery.
Up until today strangers still have the guts to tell me I “took the easy way out” but it wasn’t easy at all. It takes time to get at that point where you see the surgery as your last resort and Gabourey shared that in her book. I cried because it was all so familiar. The way she talked about the surgery hit home. Hard. And just so you know, it’s NOT easy having your life changed entirely in barely twelve hours’ time and not being able to go back. It’s NOT.

Okay, let’s end this review and conclude that this book is proof we all choose our own paths. We all have our pasts, make our own decisions and we decide where we go, where we end up. We decide what and who we want to be – no one else. Gabourey shared her journey so far; I’m taking it with me to remind me I am the one deciding where my life is headed.
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justine wheeler
I listened to the audiobook version of this book, because like I've said before, I like making celebrities tell me their own stories with their actual voices, and I have yet to feel like splurging for the audio of a celebrity memoir was a waste. This book was no exception.

I listened to this audiobook while making a solo trip from my parents house to Colorado Springs to visit my husband and see the house we were hoping to buy (we did, we bought it, we closed on it at the end of February), and I'm glad I did because some of the topics discussed are things I would not have wanted my children around to hear at their current ages. Not that they really pay much attention to my audiobooks in the first place, but when Gabourey starts talking about her work as a phone sex operator (a hilarious bit in the book by the way), I would have had to start listening to something else just to be on the safe side.

I mentioned in my initial Goodreads review of the book that I think Gabourey would be an amazing BFF. After listening to her book, I just can't imagine not having a blast spending time with her. She just seems like the kind of person who uses humor to deal with pretty much everything and I tend to try to do the same, so we'd basically be a match made in heaven.

The part of her story that I found most fascinating was everything that led up to her being cast as Precious, her breakout role. The path to that movie's production was long and somewhat convoluted, but apparently it was just waiting for Gabourey to be ready to play the lead.

Overall I give This is Just My Face 4.999 stars.
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garrett tezanos
She's a decent writer; skimmed through some chapters. I tired of some of the vulgarity. She's had some interesting experience.
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I never liked memoirs and found them boring, until last year I stumbled across one of another artist last year, and surprisingly enjoyed it.
I got Gabourey’s book in audio version and boy oh boy, have I enjoyed it!

She is a very likeable and smart person, and the way the book is narrated made me feel like I was hanging out with my bestie who was telling me a story of her life.

Gabourey Sidibe talks about her childhood, her parents’ marriage, her father being a polygamist, her struggles to finish school and find a stable job. She tells a story about her work experience as a sex phone operator, and the coincidences that brought her on the path of becoming an actress as well as movie director.
Last, but not least, Gabourey Sidibe talks about racial remarks and negative comments about her weights and looks, which she has been facing all her life, and still is – even when being a celebrity.

All of this is told in an optimistic, funny and light manner, and shows Gabourey’s positive attitude throughout her struggles.
I absolutely loved it and would recommend this book without hesitations.
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trianna hyde
I love this young woman. She's wise, sharp, quick-witted, gut-wrenchingly and heart-breakingly honest, courageous and funny as hell. I didn't know what to expect from her book but I couldn't walk past that irresistable face on the cover without picking it up. There's not a woman alive who can't find a part of her soul illuminated by Ms. Sidibe's words. She's a revelation and a force to be be reckoned with. Keep it coming, baby girl...I know you have more to say. :-)
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nimish neha
This is the life story of Gabourey, a woman of exceptional talent who has faced and conquered physical, emotional, and financial obstacles. She speaks of her life growing up in NY, her parents’ troubled marriage, the ruthlessness of people and their attempts to shame her, her job as a a phone sex actress, her battle with anxiety, depression, weight and bulimia, falling into acting, and being discovered by Lee Daniels. Gabourey tells her story with humor, honesty and a keen self-awareness. Although I am an older white woman, I related to many of Gabourey’s struggles. She is a beautiful woman, and definitely a warrior. The book was well written and very enjoyable. Highly recommend.
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carey duques
This is a book I picked up from my K.U. Recommended reads on a whim. I am so glad I did. I found it to be an interesting read. Gabourey Sidibe shares with you a bit about what her life was like before she became a famous actress as well as some insight into what her life has been like since. Both a heartfelt introspective and a humorous brain-dump biography, the genuineness of her words will have you wishing she will write another.. Real soon.
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This was a very good book. Her struggles and fears. The daily issues of her family life, I'm sure would have given many a defeatist attitude, but reading how Ms. Sidibe overcame her obstacles to become the success that she is and will continue to be is a blessing for her. This book made me laugh, feel sad, but finally feel joy for Gabourey. May you continue to shine brightly because you are fantabulous!!
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chuck ryals
Gabourey Sidibe is a force to be reckoned with whether she's acting, or writing. This book was entertaining from start to finish to the point I didn't want to put it down. However, I also didn't want to finish the book in one or two days like I would usually finish a book I'm reading. Instead I gave myself three days to read this book, so I could have something to look forward to after I ate breakfast on the weekend. Some of the things she mentions will leave you shocked, speechless, and omg did she really just say that?
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angela polidoro
I didn't know much about Gabourey before picking this up, but I'd heard a few people talk about it so I picked it up. I'm also really wary of "hillarious" celebrity books because I never think they are actually funny. Gabourey is HYSTERICAL. I laughed out loud and cried and related to her so much. She's a celebrity who is a very good writer! It's a great combination of light and deep, emotional and funny. Pretty fast read as well which I enjoy.
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stephen lee
I loved the book, tho all things weren't relatable to me, a lot was! I wish I could have found the confidence that Gabby had earlier in my own life! But I found it & sometimes it's a struggle to hold on too, I grasp it with both hands! I agree "This is Just my face"! It's want was born with given by the most high! I learned to embrace and lightly enhance with makeup ? Great read! I definitely recommend the read! Some real laugh out loud moments! I could tell Gabby has a Great sense of humor
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lawrence smith
The moment I saw Gabourey Sidibe was releasing a memoir, and that she would be narrating the audiobook, I knew I wanted to read it. She has such a sassy and funny personality. I loved her performance of This is Just My Face; it's so her. I'm a big reader of print, but this book definitely deserves to be listened to.

Gabourey gives lots of deets into her life that help to understand her personality, work ethic, and life choices. She's a star and I love that she embraced the fame she was fortuned. ?
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mohammed abbas
Gabourey Sidibe is amazing. She's funny, honest, snarky and everything I adore. I'm not into reading books about Hollywood actors... this book is so beyond that! Her challenges and determination are inspirational and I must have laughed out loud 10+ times while reading.
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jasim sardi
I loved every minute of this audio book. Her writing and voice narration style are so friendly and genuine and funny. She is so honest and vulnerable in the truths she shares. Unexpectedly, I learned about Senegalese culture and marriages, and what it's like to be a phone sex operator. This is not a light read but her voice (both written and vocal performance) make it endlessly entertaining.
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Open. Honest. Witty and gritty. You'll learn things. Ms. Sidibe is an excellent storyteller and This Is Just My Face is the story of a young woman who discovers her own beauty in a world that isn't always beautiful and where survival may mean doing not so beautiful things. You thanked us for reading, I thank you for sharing.
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ala a
I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. At times it was laugh out loud funny and so entertaining and at the same time very touching. Gabby reminds you to really love yourself no matter what other people think and don't be afraid of saying yes. She really is a Bomb Girl.
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I read this for free with my Prime account and I really enjoyed it. I find myself wanting to watch more of her work now that I know her backstory. Gabby is honest and hilarious throughout and I see a lot of my own awkward fat girl in her stories of childhood.
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luba lesychyn
I was surprised at how entertaining this book is. That's not meant to be a slight to Sidibe; Being I've never seen her interviewed, I thought this would be merely a cash-in from someone who became famous fairly recently. Instead the book gets far deeper than most celebrity memoirs when discussing issues of race and appearance, and is always riveting and often funny while doing so. Sidibe's writing style makes her come across as the reader's close friend, sharing her stories in a fun, confiding tone. The chapter about the time she worked as a sex phone operator had me laughing out loud several times. A delightful, quick read.
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Gabourey Sidibe (Gabby) is an American actress who starred in the film 'Precious', co-starred in several seasons of the television series 'American Horror Story', and co-stars in the musical drama series 'Empire.'

Gabby was a struggling young woman trying to make ends meet when she was offered the starring role in the 2009 movie 'Precious.' And the rest is history! Gabby's talent, drive, and winning personality propelled her into a rewarding show business career and worldwide fame.

In this memoir Gabby talks about her life - and what led up to her success - with humor, candor, and modesty.

Gabby was born and raised in New York City. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, worked as a professional singer and schoolteacher, and was a devoted mom to Gabby and her older brother Ahmed. Gabby notes that Alice "shines as bright as a diamond because she is a godd*****d STAR."

Gabby's father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a Muslim from Senegal. He worked as a cabdriver and never smiled or laughed. To Gabby, he "seemed like the most boring man in the world" - who brought gloom and darkness into the home. Alice and Ibnou had an unhappy marriage.

In Senegal, men are allowed to have multiple wives, and Ibnou (secretly) followed his native traditions. He married his Senegalese cousin Tola, had a child with her, and inveigled Alice to invite Tola to stay with them. So Ibnou had two wives in the same apartment....for a while. When Alice caught on, she happily left with Gabby and Ahmed (who were about nine and ten at the time).

Money was tight and Alice, Gabby, and Ahmed squeezed into a single room in the home of Alice's sister Dorothy. They stayed for two years before scoring a subsidized studio apartment in a Harlem high rise. Space was still scarce, and the family shared a bunk bed: Alice and Ahmed on the bottom and Gabby on top. The rest of their belongings consisted of a couch, dresser, and table to hold their TV, VCR, and Super Ninendo. They had one chair that Gabby sat on to do homework and look out at the skyline. Five years later the family got a two-bedroom apartment in the building, and Ahbed and Gabby got their own rooms....while Alice slept on a sofa in the living room.

As a child, Gabby didn't realize they were poor but knew they weren't rich because they weren't white. Gabby thought being rich was "only for white people and Michael Jackson." As Gabby got older she started to worry about money, and was floored when Alice quit her school job to sing in the subway. She thought, "Are you f*****g crazy? Quit your job!!!!????"

Ironically, Alice's subway vocals netted about 800 to 900 dollars a week, much more than her teaching job. But Gabby was still uneasy, concerned that Alice might lose her voice. Gabby became very anxious, and this may have contributed to her problems in later life, when she suffered from an eating disorder, panic attacks, and she flunked out of school.

Gabby was never very close to her father, even as a small child. When Ibnou told six-year-old Gabby that he would live with her when he got to be an old man - and she would care for him like a good Muslim woman - she thought 'HELL NO' and decided not to be a Muslim anymore. Gabby's decision was probably reinforced the next year, when Ibnou took young Gabby and Ahmed to Senegal, to see his family.

Gabby writes, "The first two weeks of the trip were magical", with lots of fun and games. Then Ibnou left, and his family "went from being welcoming to being monsters." Grandma became cold and cruel and let the uncles hit Gabby and Ahmed. And the girls called Gabby 'Patapoof', which is Wolof (the Senegalese language) for fat. When Alice sent packages to her kids, the relatives took everything for themselves. Gabby longed to go home and when she finally got back to New York vowed never to set foot in Senegal again (though she's softening that stance now that she's an adult).

When Gabby was 21 and completely unemployable, she saw an ad for a 'phone actress' (phone sex worker) and went for an interview. Gabby expected to see "a dungeon with girls in ripped underwear talking into phone receivers", but found a normal office with phone talkers, a receptionist, and a trainer for the ladies. Gabby notes that the 'phone girls', usually plus-size black women, portrayed themselves as "good ol' American white" - since most callers expected this. Gabby did well at the job, earned promotions, and finally became the person who trains applicants.

Gabby says that she took what she learned on the phone sex job and applied it to the real world. She learned "to talk to people, to flirt with everyone, to lead with her personality, and to deal with rumors"....because her co-workers whispered that she was a lesbian who slept her way up the ladder. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Gabby was 'boy crazy' since junior high school. However - since she's 'fat' (her words) - Gabby thinks most guys she meets are out of her league. Moreover, the issue of men has gotten even more complicated with fame. According to Gabby, before she became an actress she had her league figured out. She was probably going to marry a cabdriver since "her league included cabbies, sanitation workers, security guards, and maybe grocery-story managers."

Now that Gabby's a Hollywood bigwig, her league is all messed up. She doesn't have to marry a cabbie anymore, but she's pretty sure she "can't date the Liam Hemsworths and Michael B. Jordans" either. So she's thinking.....maybe she can date a high school teacher or something? LOL

Gabby has a great sense of humor and makes fun of herself. However, she doesn't like for other people to call her a 'fat b****h' or to stuff pillows in their clothing to 'be Gabby' for Halloween. The actress is offended that people's opnions are based on her body. She says, "It seems as if I cured cancer or won a Nobel Prize someone would say, "Sure that's great but her body is just disgusting." Gabby blows this criticism off, however, and notes "I am dope at any and every size. I am smart. I am funny. I am talented. I am gorgeous, I am black. I am a bad b****h." (You go Gabby!)

After years of trying to get ahead, Gabby went back to college (a few times) and finally got lucky when a friend tipped her off to an audition for a movie called Push (the original title of Precious). Gabby was skeptical, but tried out for the part. The film was a huge success, Gabby was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, and her career took off from there.

One of the proudest moments of Gabby's life was at the White House Correspondents Dinner when President Obama was in office. Gabby got in a line of people waiting to meet POTUS and FLOTUS, carrying a slip of paper with her be given to a woman who would announce her to the first couple. When the woman began to say Gabby's name, President Obama cut her off and said, "I know who she is!" He told Gabby, "You're the BOMB, girl!", and hugged her and kissed her on the cheek. Gabby writes, "Yeah....the President of the U.S. said I was the bomb! What else do you need to know." Ha ha ha

In addition to the topics I've mentioned above, Gabby writes about many other things, including: Twitter (she's an avid Tweeter); virgins (and not being one); psychics (who predicted her success); hair (her mother spent hours braiding her hair on weekends); dating (not so easy); boyfriends (not so great); award shows (you need nice clothes); death rumors (she supposedly died from an asthma attack); therapy (which helped her); weight-loss surgery (which she's had) well as friends, relatives, and more. And it's all entertaining and fun.

Gabby's a natural writer with a unique voice and I very much enjoyed the book. I'd highly recommend it to readers who like celebrity memoirs.
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jeff ward
I loved Gabourey's fresh writing. She pulls you into her life and makes you feel like a best friend you're sitting down to have coffee with. Her unapologetic discussions of everything connected with me on so many levels. Bravo!
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janis orleman
It is often difficult to write a review of a memoir, because you want to avoid passing judgment on a person's life. So, I try to focus on what about someone's life story can be helpful and inspiring to others and how much is the memoirist willing to share with the public. By this measurement Gabourey has done a great job. As she acknowledges, there is probably some stuff in here that her family may be embarrassed by, but she just "wrote the truth, and it made me feel better." So, it has the feel of authenticity and her parents, if they read it, will find out she once worked as a phone sex girl and has some funny memories to share about that and a host of other things.

She has become comfortable in her own skin, although that wasn't always the case and that journey to comfort is instructive and inspiring for anyone who has experienced uncomfort with being their true self. Plenty to smile at here and some cringe worthy moments but a most enjoyable and fun voyage.
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rana yaswanth
I read this book in one sitting. It captivates from the start. Gabourey's voice settles into you and you can't help but feel infected (in a good way) by it. Witty, hilarious, honest: one of the best memoirs I've read so far!
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Loved this book. I have not seen Sidibe in any of her acting roles, just knew of her and heard her interviewed on NPR. She has a singular voice (funny, honest, pained, and serious), but also writes a memoir that takes on some fairly universal struggles of young womanhood--family, friends, men (I totally related to the Is this a Date? game which was absolutely hilarious),weight, appearance, race, class, anger, pain, life decisions and artistic ambitions--a really enjoyable and interesting book.
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helen jane hearn
Funny, witty, charming, and cute is how I describe Gabourey book and her personality. She is definitely someone that I would hang out with and even be my bestie. I'd imagine that she would keep our friendship interesting.
I bought the audio version of the book and loved it!!! She had me laughing, especially talking about her parents and her sex phone job.

I love the way she shared almost EVERYTHING about her life with us...very open and honest.

Great read and I would highly recommend.
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jessica tice
I love the author story, the way she wrote it. I was riveted to my seat. She is also funny and witty.

Absolutely must read!
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cristina mj
I really enjoyed reading this book. Gabourey is just as engaging and charming in this book as she is on the nighttime talk shows.
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This is a glorious book. Gabourey is a smart, beautiful, talented woman who went through a lot before she became famous. Her style is very open, at times sarcastic and refreshingly honest. Do yourself a favor, and read this book.
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craig jr
I love to read about someone who decides they want more from their life and take chances to achieve that. The book does a lot of rambling but overall a good read.
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ryan riggle
She has a wonderful voice. What an incredible childhood. She is a very interesting person and I hope she continues to write.
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Loved this book! It was a page turner from start to finish! Already recommending to family and friends. Fantastic and riveting!
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Have you ever read a naked soul? This book is it, it’s funny and somehow you end up not only identifying with her but also reading about your best friend.
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sue larkins
I enjoyed the ramblings of Gabourey Sidibe. She is funny and intelligent. I like her sense of humor and her thoughts on life.
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stephen veliz
Honest and beautifully written. I laughed. I cried. I cheered.
I want all my friends to read this book and be inspired.
You go girl and I will too!
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ram ray
Miss GS really opens up about her pains & joys & obstacles on her way to her life as a celebrated actress. This book feels like an animated conversation with a fun friend.
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megan purvis
Humorous and informative. Absolutely loved it. I recommend it to any young girl or anyone out there who feels less than.
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papoj aksharanugraha
I started reading with little to no expectations. I’m not a huge fan of Ms. Sidibe per se, but was intrigued enough to start reading. The writing is refreshing and hilarious without being self-deprecating. Within her personal stories the reader can find universal nuggets of truth. I probably could have done without one or two of the chapters, just for length’s sake - or it could just be my attention span.
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james curcio
I loved this book. It is well written and provides an interesting and funny look at her life. I couldn’t put it down. It well deserves 5 stars+.
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Very inspiring, transparent and truthful. A lotus that grew through the muck and mire. Love it! She grew through and blossomed.
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karen oppliger
I found this book to be funny and moving. I recommend it to anyone who has been too afraid to challenge themself.
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Gabby writes honestly about her life experiences. I had enjoyed her performances in Precious and American Horror Story so I figured that her book would be interesting. A nice peak into the world of fame by someone who doesn’t look like the typical actress. I hope she writes more books down the road.
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thomas mark
This is a satisfying and surprising reading material. It's filled with real personal life drama and feelings and battles to fight and win. Well done Gabby.
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scott ollivier
Great, honest, and funny stories about Gabourey's life. They don't seem to be in chronological order and she jumps around a bit from chapter to chapter. If this is an issue for you then you've been warned. Otherwise, it's a quick and easy read. Reads more like a conversation with the author as I found myself commenting and literally laughing out loud to a bunch of her comments and stories.
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??? hard to read and I read a lot..and I don't know why the book was written..I really couldn't call it a biography..AND it was poorly written..
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
joline godfrey
I just loved it! So funny, emotional, honest. I laughed, cried and shouted aloud “yeah, fam!” several times. If you are looking for a good read that will show you a very interesting and funny person, and the evolution of self realization, read this book! It’s really awesome.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ambarishh halwasiya
I couldn't put it down. It was amazingly honest, hilarious, and reminds you why we all fell in love with her in the first place.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
patti lengel
It truly feels that you are sitting and talking with Sidibe as she writes this funny, witty, brilliant memoir. Absolutely would recommend this hilarious, beautiful, and strong testament of her life, career, and lessons along the way. Gabourey Sidibe is truly an incredible and talented person, touchingly illustrated all throughout her page-tuner of an autobiography.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tsatsral tamir
Gabourey Sidibe's writing is sincere, funny, in-your-face, at times sad and most times uplifting. I didn't want to put the book down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sewak singh
Didn’t know what to expect BUT her story was deep! Childhood & the family life, wow! A very good read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I read it over a weekend. It's full of wit and sarcasm and humor and a brash honesty. Hope she writes some more.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
aleman santos
Gabby”s voice is fun, wise and hilariously sarcastic.... almost a little too much some times. There were deeper aspects of her life curriculum and the lessons thereof that were lost in her constant need to have a smart sassy take on everything. It’s almost reflective of a deep insecurity - to be the smartest person in the room at any cost
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Not that I didn’t think she was smart or amazing; I just wasn’t familiar with any of her shows or movies. However, she seems like an awesome person with an amazing personality and great sense of humor. I’m now a loyal fan and will check out those movies.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sharon homer drummond
Enjoyed the book. She has gone through so much heartache and pain in her life and has endured despite the odds. Congratulations on your book and all that you will accomplish in the future!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jahangir gilani
It was ok. Not the best or worse book i have ever read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jesse chan
I really enjoyed this book. It is very well-written and entertaining. I have a lot of respect for Ms. Sidibe and her story. She is smart as a whip and really funny!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Gabbie is a wonderful person
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
taylor mccafferty
Very funny, unique and a great, fast read. Love how she gets in her real, important and political opinions but can be funny at the same time
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lauren stephanoff
This was great. Really intriguing and made me love her more! Buy it! I couldn't put it down. Everyone has a story to tell.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
alyssa justice
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare is as real as it gets. I love Gabourey more now than ever! Beautiful AND funny, she is the whole package.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mike bradham
Very funny, enlightening, and honest. The way Gabby put herself out there is commending. Great quick funny read, recommend it highly.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
lauren andrews
This book has read like a cry for help. I just felt really bad for her. And she is really annoying sometimes.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This girl wrote fan fiction for N'SYNC! I love that about her. She should share it. This is an enjoyable book by someone who has more to say than talking about the craft of acting. Very easy style; make you wish you had her as a friend.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ben gruagach
I couldn't put the book down. It's an inspiration for woman of all ages!!!!! I highly recommend curling up with a cup of tea and this awesome book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I read this book while all alone in my dark tent in the Serengeti. I t was as if Gabourey was with me. I was not afraid of the animal noises outside my tent! Thanks Gabourey for making me brave.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lucienne archuleta
It was a Amazing book. I really enjoy it. I would read it again just for fun. Thanks for writing it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nancy mccausland
A courageous outrageous story, full of unexpected twists and events, crazy as only real life can be!
Thank you Gabourney for sharing your truth and entertaining your audience with your amazing life.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I have a page full of highlights from this book. It's a fun read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
alan petersen
I really enjoyed this read. It was real and no excuses made for just living your life. Keep working it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A great read. Liked it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Really enjoyed this book! Lots of laughs and mixed with some dark moments. But most importantly, it was full of honesty! Very proud of Gabourey! Shine sista shine!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
bilal ali
This is the best celebrity book I have read. She is personable and relatable and has a beautiful sense of humor.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dawn mortazavi
I read this book in her voice! It was real and raw and funny! Definitely recommend this book to all Gabby fans!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
susan pearce
This book was great and funny.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I started this book just with the intention of reading the first few pages and then I couldn’t put it down! There was so much depth yet light-heartedness about Gabby’s life and truth. Love love love her
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Good Book.
Great story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Gabourey Sidibe is really funny and seems to have an excellent handle on life. I hope she writes more!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kate broad
It is always interesting to learn a bit about how someone else thinks. And she’s really funny, I enjoyed her book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Loved every moment. Her transparency and authenticity were felt through the pages.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
memo ramirez
Loved it! Wanted something fun to read and was then gifted with something uplifting, honest, and introspective. Smart and relatable
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I loved that this book told her truth. It touched on some deep issues, but wasn't in anyway sad. Just the opposite she is hilarious and her personality comes to life in this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
june ghosh
Good book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Filled with funny stories and observations from her childhood to present day. It felt very authentic and true to the personality she exhibits on Twitter and Instagram.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Amazing book! I loved Gaborey before, but I love her more now! As a plus sized woman and a woman with ambition I identify with her!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I already loved her and this books just makes you love her more. She is brave without knowing and is an inspiration
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nikhil choudhary
i enjoy this good a lot, it was very interesting to read on her life at times i couldn’t keep it down. highly recommend
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
prajjwal bhandari
I love the way she tells her very unique story, her sense of humor & her transparency #GreatBook #Inspiring #Empowering #VeryFunny
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jenna elizabeth
I enjoyed getting to know more about an artist and person that I admire. Gabourey's writing is honest, funny and insightful.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kimberly brown
I had no idea that Gabourey was so funny and boy is she a smartass! She is real and raw when talking about her life experiences.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I loved reading her story!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
colleen barnhill
Fun and easy read. I liked how honest she was with her experiencesand refused to apologize for them. All in all, decent work
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
james vernon
I absolutely loved this book. I found myself laughing and crying right alongside of her. It was such a great story and an amazing read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
christiana czarnowski
Great read! It was funny and inspiring. I found out so much about Gabby and can’t wait to see what she has in store for her future!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
joerg haring
I liked the realness of the author
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tammy dillardcowart
Loved reading her life's journey. She makes you feel like a friend just sitting there and listening to her chat.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Interesting. Real. Funny. Things that make you go hmmmm. Must read especially for young adults and the ole folk like me
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
A few good moments, like her having to take a bus to film parties because Precious didn't bank much at first despite all the great reviews. For the most part, disappointing. Like she waited until the last minute then just threw stuff out there.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ann van
Loved her honesty and her stories were relatable! I now look at her in a brand new light. Easy summer read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
giannis makris
Great read. Very well written and very funny.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I absolutely enjoyed every second of this book. Gabourey's voice is hilarious, insightful and downright addicting. I can't recommend this book enough!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
abby monk
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Horrible writing, needed an editor to cut at least three quarters of the book out. It's trendy to read celebrity authors, so if you're looking for on trend, read this book. If you are looking for something better, read the back of your shampoo. It's definitely a better read.
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