GOOD READS: This is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe
“My Beauty doesn’t come from a mirror. Never has, and never will.” – Gabourey Sidibe
First, just let me say this…YASSSSSSSSSSS
I’ve been meaning to purchase this book for a while now, but when it came out I was hardcore studying for College Algebra and Chemistry. Needless to say, there wasn’t no time for distractions.
However, now that I got my hands on this book, I must say that this was a tremendous work of art.
I read this book in 1.5 Days.
Gabourey Sidibe, or as many people know her as “Gabby” or “Precious”, wrote a book detailing the most intimate parts of her life up until now. This book is a good read because the way she speaks, is the way she writes. For example, in chapter one, she goes on to explain how she can never put her phone down, and proceeds to yell at the reader: “...I’m not addicted to my phone or anything…you are! Shut up! Anyway…”
Can I just say that I loved every minute of her speaking to the reader as if we were actually sitting in front of her while she told her story. She wrote about her depression, odd jobs (it was a really odd job), insecurities, her family’s breakup and divorces, she also spoke about her dad’s family in Senegal. That’s right, she’s half Senegalese.
Throughout the entire book, she made references to her Twitter feed (true millennial). She has many questionable tweets from her Twitter handle @GabbySidibe, that’s hilariously inappropriate.
There were so many things that I felt I had in common with her. One being, we’re both Black and big. The second, we both have/had similar insecurities.
In chapter 11 titled: MYOB- Mind Your Own Body, she delves deep into her depression and eating disorder, and her rough journey to get Laparoscopic Surgery. She also hilariously tells her tale about her off and on again workout relationship with her Personal Trainer.
I basically couldn’t put this book down once I read the first page. Hence, the reason i’m reading it at my favorite Pho place in Saint Paul.
Here’s an excerpt of my favorite part of the book, enjoy:
“I know I am beautiful in my current face and my current body. What I don’t know about is the next body. The next face, I admit, I hope to God I don’t get skinny. If I could lose enough to just be a little chubby, I’ll be over the moon! I don’t know what that will look like, my new face, my new body. Will i still be beautiful then? Shiiiiiiit. Probably. My beauty doesn’t come from a mirror. Never has and never will.”