The down-to-earth star of Precious strikes a conversational tone and shares her life story so far. Growing up in Harlem in a family drawn together by necessity instead of romance, Sidibe articulates her maturing perspective, now suffused with humor, regarding the challenges of her unique experience of her parents’ green card marriage, childhood visits to family in West Africa, unstable housing, school struggles, fame, and elective surgery. Older teen readers looking for a new memoir may well enjoy Gabourey Sidibe’s recently published volume. --Jessica Fenster-Sparber
Sidibe, Gabourey. This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.