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review 2019-02-17 00:36
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare - Gabourey Sidibe
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This book was such a joy to read. Even while reading stories that weren't necessary happy or funny, Sidibe's words feel so raw and real while still showing her strong, brave, confident self, you can't help but instantly be hooked. 

In this book, Sidibe looks back on events in her life that helped form her as a person and get her to where she is today, not in a way that wants the reader to pity her, but in a way that appears truly therapeutic, to her and to the reader. The book reads like a bunch of stories she just wants to get off of her chest as well as a shout out to all of the people who have dealt with similar issues. Whether it's eating disorders, depression, Internet hate, hair issues, or a multitude of other topics, there is so much the reader can really relate to. I loved the focus on confidence and not letting other people's hurtful words get to you. It's a message we can't hear enough. 

I just loved reading this book. It was instantly engaging and I felt so connected to the writing. 

There are so many emotions evoked in the stories. Most of the time, I was laughing and smiling because Sidibe is freaking hilarious. But I also felt sad, inspired, empowered, angry. It really pulls you in and makes you feel like you're talking to your best friend. Those are the best kind of memoirs. 

Well-written, entertaining, and enlightening, this is an amazing book. I am so glad I read it.
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text 2018-10-01 16:55
Monthly Run Down - September 2018
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare - Gabourey Sidibe
Sexsomnia - Sleepless in Manhattan - Anya Omah
The Monster: A Story of NeverNeath - Dar... The Monster: A Story of NeverNeath - Darynda Jones
Immortal Nights - Lynsay Sands
Alex and Eliza: A Love Story - Melissa de la Cruz,Cassandra Campbell
China Rich Girlfriend - Kevin Kwan
Lies: The Gripping Psychological Thriller That Will Take Your Breath Away - T.M. Logan



Books I Read:


This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare - 4 Stars - Interesting


Sexsomnia: Sleepless in Manhattan - 2.5 Stars - It had its moments.


The Monster: A Story of Neverneath - 4 Stars - I can’t wait for the next part to be published.


Immortal Nights - 4 Stars - It was so good to visit with the Argeneaus again.


Alex and Eliza - 4 Stars - Greatly enjoyed


China Rich Girlfriend - 4 Stars - Wow



Lies - T.M. Logan - Lots of buildup but took too long to deliver. I lost interest.

Currently Reading:

Twilight - Stephenie Meyer - Re-reading...slowly


The Emerald Sea  - Richelle Mead - Finishing up the trilogy

Year to Date Totals:

January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books

August: 12 books

September: 7 books


2018: 76 books

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review 2018-09-04 16:48
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare - Gabourey Sidibe

I Picked Up This Book Because: The title. It’s too funny.

The Story:

As I should have guessed from the title Gabourey is hilarious. Even the less than sunny aspects of her life are told with wit and style. Her experience as a half Senegalese half southern American child raised in New York City is fascinating. She speaks of a lot of family situations that are familiar to me yet a lot that are not. We learn about her relationship with her mother and father, strained as they might be at times, with herself and with her body. Gabourey’s challenges in life and the way she accepts them and overcomes them is encouraging.

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The Score Card:


4 Stars

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review 2018-05-13 03:57
This is just my face
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare - Gabourey Sidibe

I apparently have a lot in common with Gabourey. I, too, have crippling anxiety, depression, had bariatric surgery, recovered from an eating disorder, and went through my parents' divorce. I'm also too funny for my own good and tend to offend others with my humor.


Read this book. She's THE BOMB, to quote Obama.

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text 2018-05-11 00:39
Reading progress update: I've read 38 out of 241 pages.
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare - Gabourey Sidibe

So she got called a fat black bitch. And she says yes, I am fat. Yes, I am black. Yes, I am a bitch. But no, it's not okay for you to call me those things. Except for the black part, I can completely relate. I'm hefty, I'm snarky. I know this. No, you cannot call me anything. I will punch you.

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