Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis – Book Review

This is an unpaid, non-sponsored review of Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. All and any opinions in this article are honest and entirely mine. It is a recommendation post i am writing because i liked what i read.

If you are a women and do not know about Rachel Hollis, you have been probably living in a cave or somewhere. She started as a lifestyle blogger, succeeded in turning it into a thriving business. Rachel is a podcaster, motivational speaker and a big time social media influencer. She has 8k YouTube subscribers, 41 K followers at twitter and 1.5 million facebook followers. Apart from that she is a full time wife and mother to children.

So i borrowed the book from a friend who recommended it and bought my own copy when i was half way through it. The reason i bought my own copy was, their were chunks i wanted to highlight and go back to later. Since then i have finished the book twice.

Summary – Girl Wash Your Face

The book ‘Girl Wash Your Face ‘ is written in a memoir style as Rachel goes chapter by chapter explaining and debunking the false and faulty self doubts and demeaning beliefs she held in her life. The book has 20 chapters in which Rachel has confronted 20 lies she has believed once. Each chapter is decorated with a set of motivational thoughts and quotations from Bible.

The book is audianced for anyone who feels like they have not yet figured out life, have trouble forgiving themselves and feel ‘not good enough’. It emphasises the message that God has a plan for them, they are all they need to be, they are best suited mother for their babies and most importantly do not need others approval. I liked her humorous, honest and no nonsense writing style.

Favourite Quotes

“Embrace the idea that not everyone understand or approve of you, including the close to you.”

pg. 133 Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

“I will do my best and i will trust that my best is exactly what God intended for these babies.”

pg. 98

God has perfect timing.

p.g: 107, Ch. 10

Everyday you are choosing who you are and what you believe about yourself, and you are setting the standards for the relationships in your life.

p.g: 54 Chapter 5

Criticism

The problem with the core message of the book is that its complete emphasis is on ‘self’ and ‘self reliance’s’ but it totally diminishes the value of ‘social support’ which is a very important element in human psychology and particularly female psychology.

“You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for how happy you are.
 Krug, Nora (2018-11-11). “Rachel Hollis has wooed millions of women with her book. What’s her message?”Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-29.

However, this is a common issue with most pep talk and motivational speaking. Networking is important, building up each other is also important. However making the psychological well being essentially personal responsibility will further tax on someone self image of someone struggling with self worth or depression per say.

Final Word

I will recommend this book to any girl or women who have struggled with self acceptance and taking control of their life. It is a great tool for working on self love, and personal development for ladies. As a first time mom struggling to figure it all out, this book was an immense help for me. I will give it a rating of 4.8 stars because nothing is 100% and that’s ok.

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