Title: Girl, Wash Your Face
Author: Rachel Hollis
Genre: Nonfiction, Self-help
Date of Publication: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Full Title: Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
Rachel Hollis is the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com. She shares lies that she (at one point) believed about herself, and talks about how she worked to overcome them. This book is a “How To” guide on becoming your best self.
Prior to reading this book, I had no idea who Rachel Hollis was. Turns out, this didn’t matter. The messages she shares are universal, whether you’re a fan of lifestyle websites or not. She has a witty and light sense of humour, and she only occasionally comes across as preachy as she talks about overcoming obstacles, bad habits, and the lies she believed about herself.
I did appreciate the disclaimer that she has at the beginning of the book. This book is meant to help those who are unhappy in life. It is not meant to help people who are clinically depressed, or people who are suffering from grief. Girl, Wash Your Face is targetted to women with goals and dreams that they don’t think they’ll ever accomplish and they’re unhappy because of it.
Some of the stories Hollis tells come across as a tad disingenuous, which bothered me more in the beginning of the book than it did towards the end. For example, if the worst thing she did in high school was mock a fellow classmate for shaving her toes behind her back, then I’m 99% sure Rachel Hollis was never a human teenage girl. That said, I understand that this is her platform and her career and she probably has to self-edit quite a bit. However, as the book continues, she does come clean about some other unsavory things she has done, which, to me, made the messages she was presenting even more powerful.
This book has some powerful messages, but it isn’t for everyone. The tips are somewhat useful, but I think that in order to actually exact some real change in your life, you might need more than a few tips about how to think positively and shoot for the stars.
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