“Girl, Wash Your Face”

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Girl, Wash Your Face is Rachel Hollis’ first non-fiction book. Her second one, Girl, Stop Apologizing just came out yesterday and is an instant bestseller because of this first one. Literally, it is number 1 on Amazon right now!

Rachel Hollis is just someone lots of us would want as a friend. She’s honest, funny, and has a contagious excitement/energy about her. She is a great writer and her personality comes through loud and clear in her books. The only negative thing I could think to possibly say about her is that she has so much energy, it would be hard to keep up with her in real life. Good thing we’re only friends via her books and Instagram!

On the inside of the book cover, it says, “Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue?” Um, yeah! We tell ourselves “lies” like these for no good or helpful reason all the time. And the negative self talk doesn’t help anything. Rachel breaks down what has helped her overcome different aspects of these lies, but only after she tells a funny anecdote about how it played out in her life. To list a few: “I’m not good enough,” “I’m not a good mom,” “I’m bad at sex,” and “I should be farther along by now.” There are 20 chapters and 20 lies Rachel explains away. And she confesses to wetting her pants.

There are so many great quotes from Girl, Wash Your Face!

You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are. (p. xi)

Some days I feel as if I’m getting closer to the best version of me. Other days I eat cream cheese for dinner. But the gift of life is that we get another chance tomorrow. (p. 4)

Start by giving yourself grace. We all mess up; we all make mistakes; we all forget pajama day or mix it up with picture day. (p. 119)

I believe that you are not a mistake – and feeling guilt about who you are… does a disservice to yourself and the Creator who made you. (p. 132)

I believe it is not your weight that defines you, but the care and consideration you put into your body absolutely does. (p. 182)

Every year you close a new chapter in your story. Please, please, please don’t write the same one seventy-five times and call it a life. (p. 205)

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

And there are so many more! Also noteworthy, the chapters can be read as needed. They are not linked to previous chapters and need them to make sense. Each one is self contained, but also makes sense as a whole. For example, if you just need a pep talk about getting through a difficult patch, go read chapter 15, “I will never get past this,” and that’s all.

I give Girl, Wash Your Face 4.5 stars. It is actually the first “self improvement” book I’ve ever finished! Do you have a favorite one?

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