I cannot believe I am writing this, but I did not enjoy this book at all.
Goodreads Synopsis: “With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of TheChicSite.com founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.
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 mind-sets 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.”
That’s a very generous synopsis.
Midway thru chapter 2 or 3 of Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, I nearly threw my iPad out the window. This was a tour of privilege town, in and around the county of humble brag. I am still so shocked to have so disliked this book, Rachel’s humor and aesthetic should have been a winner given my typical taste.
Look, is she quippy? Yes. Are there a few cute gems in here? Sure. Is this book as good as all the reviews and Instagram posts suggest? HECK NO.
I was mildly irritated while reading, but when I got to the section where she describes her trip thru Europe with her now husband and refers to people of Romany descent as “gypsies” and not in the “I’m a wandering soul” way but in the “we were worried about being robbed by thieving gypsies” way I was done.
The ONLY and I am talking only thing that I loved about this book, was Rachel’s suggestion to not flake on yourself. She discusses it in terms of commitments we make to ourselves. Would you want to be friends with a flake? No, right? So why do we flake out on the things we set up for ourselves? Like the gym or self-care? This was an ah-hah moment (albeit a tiny one) that helped me jumpstart my workout routine. Despite that gem, this was sadly a #DNF (did not finish) for me.
Overall this was a no for me dawg.
Would I recommend this book? Probably not.
You can find it here on Amazon…if you’d like to give it a shot: https://amzn.to/2xThCpe