“Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis

Quick Statistics

  • “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis
  • Non-Fiction Personal Development
  • Listened to the audiobook
  • 3/5 stars
  • Finished October 29, 2018

Official Synopsis

Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com 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 mindsets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.

From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.

My Thoughts/Summary

I had heard about this book from quite a few people and was even more interested when I started doing Rachel Hollis’s #last90days challenge. I fully admit that I fell down the Rachel Hollis rabbit hole, and was really excited to get my hands on this book. Every chapter in this book starts with a lie that Rachel believed, and then how she’s dispelled that lie in her life. It’s personal, and she shares some very personal stories but also relatable to so many people. 

This book was extremely underwhelming to me, and I found her much more relatable in the lives she does every weekday on her Facebook page. As I’ve said in other personal development books, every PD book isn’t for everyone, it never will be and that’s okay. Hollis has received a lot of controversies lately because her book comes from a place of privilege. It absolutely does, but does that mean that her truths aren’t her truths, or the truths of so many women? No, not at all. No PD book should work for everyone, we’re all different people and see things differently. A lot of this book felt like platitudes, which I don’t do well with, but I’ve found a lot of benefit from things she talks about in her lives. I was sad that this book didn’t meet my standards but so glad I read it. 

Follow-Up Links

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