I found Girl Wash Your Face on Netgalley and I just clicked on the button to get it. The book has been on my to-read list since 2018 and this was a way to get it on top of my to-read list. I couldn’t believe I actually got a e-copy!

Here’s the (shortened) synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

Publication date: February 6th, 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me a copy. All opinions are completely my own.

Also read: Book review of You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

My thoughts on Girl, Wash Your Face

Let me start off with saying that you should never read 1-star reviews during a book. NEVER! I was fully enjoying this book, when I came across a few 1-star reviews on Goodreads and I read them. And it changed the way I interpreted the rest of the book.

Like I said, I was fully enjoying it. Rachel Hollis has a unique voice and it felt like one of my friends was sharing her big life lessons. She was very open en honest about her personal life, which I appreciated a lot. There were some parts of her story that were not right though. At least in my opinion. But, as she also says in the book, you shouldn’t judge but embrace everybody who thinks different than you. Especially everybody that thinks different than you.

After reading the reviews, I noticed a lot of things that were a bit… annoying. She praises herself a lot. And while it’s okay to be confident and proud of your accomplishments, I think she could’ve toned it down a little. It would make the book more relatable and more fun to read.

Another downside for me was the frequent mention of God, believing, and other religious things. I don’t resonate with that, and for me it made it more difficult to grasp the concept she was trying to sell me.

Overall, I got excited do change some things in my life and to look at my life and figure out how I could improve. And that’s what I’m looking for in book like this.

Final rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.