- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400201659
- ISBN-13: 978-1400201655
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.7 inches
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Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be Hardcover – February 6, 2018
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About the Author
Lifestyle expert Rachel Hollis is the founder of the popular website TheChicSite.com and is the CEO of Chic Media. She is a regular contributor for HuffPost and PopSugar, and she has appeared on Today, Rachael, The Talk, Extra, and many other programs. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and four children.
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In each chapter, Rachel starts with a lie you tell yourself, provides examples from her own life illustrating it, then lists the tools she used (or wished she had) that help overcome the lie. She writes as if she's your bestie giving advice and sometimes tough love over a VLC (vodka la croix). She's honest, vulnerable and nerdy which I found made her stories endearing. The first chapter begins, "I peed my pants last week." She's not afraid to share embarrassing stories and an incredibly painful history to connect with readers. It all seems to stem from her passion for people to grow and an attempt to create a culture where women from all walks of life hold each other up rather than tear each other down. That's a world I want to live in.
Though Rachel is a Christian and I'm an atheist, I did not find her mentions of her faith to be overly preachy. Her advice does not depend on one particular belief system. For example, 5 to Thrive is practical advice for any person. 5 to Thrive has changed my life. The idea is that you do these 5 things every day for 30 days: 1. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water. 2. Exercise for 30 minutes. 3. Wake up an hour early using the hour for yourself. 4. Give up 1 food or category of food. 5. List 10 things you're grateful for from that day. Waking an hour early was the most challenging, but I found it was the most beneficial. Now each day I start feeling productive and ready for anything. My attitude has changed, my health has improved, and I'm more intentional with my family as a result of dwelling on my many blessings. After applying this strategy for more than 30 days, it's no longer a strategy but a lifestyle.
Ultimately, reading this book will not change your life. No person, no book, no thing can fix what is broken for you. Rachel writes, "Only you have the power to change your life." This book can give you the tools that you need to reach your goals and make lasting change to live your best life, but it's up to you to make it happen. She writes, "Please stop telling yourself you deserve this life. Please stop justifying a continued crappy existence simply because that's the way it's always been. Just as you've chosen to stay in this place for so long, you can choose too to get yourself out of it." It's what I needed to hear at this time in my life and I recommend this book to others who may need additional encouragement or direction.
And I did from chapters 1-8 and then chapter 20.
Everything in the middle seemed a bit repetitive and at times even contradictory. I recognize that while the audience for this book (white, upper middle class, women between 24-40) is not exactly me (black, middle class, early 30s), I could relate to some of the action points at the end of each chapter; but all I could think of is how completely unhelpful it would be for women with access to less resources (spoiler- a lot of moms don't pick their kids up from school, neither do baby sitters--- they ride the bus. Or mental health counseling, conferences and retreats, while an investment in self, are things that many people can not afford). I find this ironic considering the poor, rural background the author comes from.
Also, I was put off (maybe sickened a bit) as she shared the her family's story of adoption/foster care. I'm sure it's not the case, but there seemed to be so much judgment for the children's first families and outright disdain for those parent's attempts at preserving their families (despite there being an entire chapter on not judging.) What really threw me for a loop was the author calling one of the mothers of the children an "addict" in the exact same paragraph where she chronicles her own struggles with alcohol abuse.
Finally, while I appreciate her attempts at describing how to live a life filled with diverse people it's a bit trite to use the "one of my best friends is black" line. Also, suggesting that people ask people of color to explain racism to them is pretty problematic. There are many, many resources available for people to try to educate themselves first before asking poc to help them unpack their bias. I really do appreciate her effort here, though! (We need more mainstream writers to wade into these waters!)
To conclude, the book has some high points and strong themes of encouragement and resilience (I even shared the chapter on "No" with my husband). I applaud Ms. Hollis for keeping it real and fun in those areas and providing some common sense, sound advice for moving forward in life and lighting a fire under your tush. In other areas I would suggest she do a bit more work unpack her privilege (not just racially, but socioeconomically as well) and flush out some of her thoughts a bit more. She so wants her readers to not hold back in life, but why did I finish this book feeling like she did in writing it?
- I would recommend to some friends.
- I would read another book by this author granted she continues to hone her work and work through more of her own issues.
I first found about about Rachel Hollis during a particularly low day after my son's diagnosis with adhd. I was feeling really down about everything and my abilities as a mom. I searched youtube and found Rachel Hollis. I started following her on facebook and her blog at thechicsite. When she revealed that she was going to be releasing a new book called Girl, Wash Your Face I knew I wanted to read it. Each chapter starts with a lie that we tell ourselves and how to overcome it.
I have a lot of lies that I tell myself and this book helped me regain confidence in myself and helped me dream big and make plans for my dreams and not just hopes!