BOOK REVIEW: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis


Title: Girl, Wash Your Face
Author: Rachel Hollis
Publication: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help
Pages: 240


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SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

Founder of the lifestyle website and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.

Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.


I have had this one on my shelf for a long time to be read.  Just staring at me in that way that my TBR books do as I pick something else to read. I also have its sequel sitting right there with it.  So when I saw that Audible (honestly Audible comes to my rescue more than I care to admit) was having a massive “wish list” sale and that it would be reasonably priced I jumped at the chance to knock another book of my TBR. 

Rachel Hollis is kind of a self-made woman.  She moved to LA young and has made a name for herself all on her own.  She runs a large blog website that aims to help women, she is a motivational speaker and has several books as you can see.  This book isn’t a story per-say.  While it does seem to follow her story from start to where the book ended its also a self-help book that she tells us what the lie she told herself was and how she corrected it and what helped her.  Honestly, while reading this book I have never felt more called out by a book in my life.  I mean I know I have issues (that I am working through with my monthly meetings with a therapist…hi Paula) but I was like dang every single lie that she told herself is something that I have told myself in some way shape or form.  

I was bothered by the fact that in some cases what some people may see as self-care or something that we just feel is normal was somehow something really bad in her eyes.  Like, some of the things that she was telling me were not good and I need to stop were things that I don’t see wrong and I kind of felt like a worse person for doing xyz.  I will say this, it was weird listening to this book knowing actually what happens with Rachel further down the road.  I mean I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but she gets a divorce and her husband recently died in the last few years.  If you didn’t know that, then you must be living under a rock.  My favorite thing was the fact that the author herself reads the book to you.  I think that it is the best thing ever when the author reads their own book, it adds that extra something special, they add so much to the read through the tone of their voice and how they want it to sound.  I have the next book in this series purchased on Audible and will be reading it soon.

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