I love reading, I always have. So it should come as no surprise that the minute I was finished driving back from my college graduation that I would immediately dig into the long list of books that I’ve been DYING to read once I had more time. I decided to start with the one that came with the most recommendations and highest praise (in my news feeds at least), Girl, Wash Your Face written by Rachel Hollis.
DISCLAIMER: This review is 100% opinion based, with a few pieces of factual information thrown in for good measure. You are invited to feel differently than I about this book, and that’s okay. I have always had broad shoulders, I can handle some opposition in opinion. Moving on…
I wasn’t even halfway through the second chapter before I had realized the awful face I had been making the entire time I was reading, and the complete distaste for not only her writing style, but for the content in which she had decided to dump into this book. Now obviously I am no author, nor do I pretend like I’m some sort of professional or qualified writer, but I found this book to be wildly superfluous and borderline unintelligent. I personally found so much that I disliked about this book but I’m going to sum it up into 3 different sections or points so that I don’t spend my entire day angry at myself for wasting my time on this book.
- Do you know what a “humble brag” is? If you do, feel free to continue scrolling to the next point, if not I’ll define it here for you. Humble Brag: noun: “an ostensibly modest or self-depreciating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud.” There is some SERIOUS humble bragging going on in this book, and if I have to read one more word about her being a self proclaimed “workaholic” or “very successful lifestyle blogger/social media platform/coach” I might actually start dry heaving. It’s almost disgusting when someone can’t just outwardly say they’re proud of themselves. If you’ve worked hard, put in the effort, and done well for yourself, SCREAM IT TO THE WORLD. Be proud, stand your ground, say what you believe in because you’ve earned it! Instead, Rachel Hollis downplays all of her hard work with her underlying intent that she wants you, the reader, to tell her or think, “no! don’t say that about yourself, you’ve done so well!” Well, I’m not going to give you the praise you OUTWARDLY admit to seeking in your book (chapter 2 or 3 when she starts talking about how she does too much because she seeks praise, which is rooted from her childhood where her parents only paid attention to her when she did something good). You either acknowledge yourself, or you don’t. Simple as that. Don’t throw that kind of pity/attention seeking into a book and expect to not be called out on it.
- Unoriginal Thoughts/Beliefs- Throughout the chapters, I found myself wondering if I had somehow found a book that had compiled all of the quotes that I had once used in my bio on Myspace in 2006 (when I was in middle school). “You are in control of your own life”, “Stop accepting less than you deserve”, “Comparison is the death of joy.” WHICH CAN WE JUST POINT OUT, SHE STOLE THIS QUOTE from Theodore Roosevelt who once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy” and just swapped out one word to “make it her own”, like really? How original… “The only person you need to be better than is the one you were yesterday”, none of these are really even her own quotes. These are all statements and quotes that she has just regurgitated and thrown out blindly into this book in such an unorganized fashion that my high school English teacher would be seriously scratching his bald head. It is completely unoriginal, and so simplistic (not in an inspirational way either).
- My third and final point, and then I promise I’ll shut up. There is almost nothing in this book that is relatable to the majority of women out there. She tries so hard to make herself sound like your average woman, but the only things that you can possibly relate to make her sound so incredibly entitled and privileged that I “just seriously cannot”. Examples: Having cavities but being afraid of the dentist? Peeing your pants a little after having four kids? If these are the only attempts that you can throw into your book to show that you’re relating to the average woman, then I’m completely and utterly bored. Rachel Hollis is a motivational speaker, blogger, and “author” (I’ll include that in here very lightly), who claims to not have a perfect life, but the follows it all up with the fact that she pretty much does. The whole thing was very contradicting, and this book is so far removed from what a normal life would even look like for an “average women” her age. Trips to Paris, and having four kids that your nanny cares for so that you can get your work done? Hmm, sorry. Can’t relate. It honestly offered zero insight to real world problems for women, parents, or Christian’s. Side note- I’m still trying to figure out how this book is under the “Christian” category… My brutally honest guess is that she threw a few things in there about her being a Christian so that it would up her sales, because this book is a scam. It’s categorized as “self help” but just reiterates that “you are in control of your happiness and your life”.
My end advice to anyone who wants to read this book? Borrow it. Don’t buy it. In my opinion, it’s not worth your time. If you want my best suggestions for real self help books that offer loads of great advice, insight, and situations that you can actually relate to as a modern day woman and parent? Check out some of these books written by well spoken authors…
Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. Definitely something I can related to better as a working mom, and a lot more original thought put into this one. Definitely more Christian based as well.
Maybe I’ll review some of these sometime in the future.
Until next time!