First, grab Girl, Wash Your Face! Okay, got it ordered from Amazon? Perfect! Next, grab some tissues and your big girl britches because you are going to need them while reading this book by Rachel Hollis. I don’t know if it is the fact that I have had a tumultuous past four years (or ummm… maybe 41 years) but this book hit me hard. Ready for my review? Let’s go!

Girl, Wash Your Face || Rachel Hollis


Rachel Hollis bares her soul with a great sense of humor and humility throughout the book. There were so many moments where I truly felt she was talking directly to me and I know that I am not the only one feeling that way.

Stop waiting for someone else to fix your life!

Rachel Hollis

From the idea that we need to stop lying to ourselves, especially if we want others to start believing in us. She lists out all the lies she has told herself and how she worked to overcome that “lie.”

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Each chapter starts with the lie that Rachel Hollis has told herself at some point, or at many points, in her life. She then tears it all down to the core of that personal untruth and reaffirms that she can overcome or achieve. Each chapter ends with three key takeaway points from the lesson.

Biggest takeaway

Boy, oh, boy, do we as women work hard to make our lives harder. We tell ourselves so many lies it isn’t even funny. Personally, I have embraced a lot of the tenets of this book with a level of vigor and gusto that I have never applied to myself before this text. Like, for real it was a life-changing book.

The longer you live in a state of honesty, the easier it becomes to simply exist there all the time.

Rachel Hollis

Personally, I have made a concerted effort to embrace many concepts covered in this book. Why do I think it spoke to me? Because I was ready to listen! This book is not the magic bullet that will solve all of your problems, nor did it solve all of mine, but it is a great catalyst if you are at that point in life where you are ready to make a change for an improved you. No matter what form of you it may be!

Area for improvement

It might sound trite, but there is not a thing I would change about this book. Okay, I might include a coupon for a box of tissues since I needed a few while reading it!

Would I read it again?

Absolutely! This is the type of book you can pick up again and again. Especially, if you feel like you might be having a lapse of judgment, need a personal cheerleader, or might be picking up that bad habit of starting to lie to yourself, again.

…the easy way out is how you end up on the sofa, fifty pounds overweight, while life passes you by.

Rachel Hollis

None of us needs to undo all the hard work we’ve done to make ourselves better. Yes, sometimes we hit a speed bump – – but dang it, brush yourself off and keep on going! Let’s all start believing in ourselves and being honest with ourselves as well!

What should I read next?

Hmm… I am thinking my next book is going to be a Seth Godin book. I need to explore some business texts since it has been a few years (okay, almost two decades) since I took a true collegiate level business course.

Why Is Girl Wash Your Face So Famous

Back to the shelf!

I hope I have inspired you to pick up a copy of Girl, Wash Your Face! Furthermore, I loved GWYF so much that I pre-ordered Rachel Hollis’ next book, Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals.

I would love to hear your feedback and continue the discussion on it. Drop me a line or join The Busy Llama community to be a part of the discussion.

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