I read ‘Girl, Wash Your Face’ by Rachel Hollis over a 4-day vacation. It was an easy read and I loved that most of the book felt like a friend talking to me. I really love her writing style. The basis of the book is that you are in control of your own life.
Throughout the book, Rachel shares the biggest lies she has let herself believe and then proceeds to challenge each one. She is raw in her stories and doesn’t make it seem like she has all her shit together, and let’s be honest, none of us do.
This book goes through 20 different lies, many universal, that Rachel believed about herself. I have highlighted a couple that resonated with me to help you decide if you should read this book.
Lies That Resonated With Me In The Book
Each chapter starts with a lie and then the rest of the chapter is spent refuting it with the truth. She then ends each chapter with a few actions she did to help herself overcome the lie. This sounds pretty basic, but I’m telling you, seeing it written down, reading her personal accounts and then see what she did to overcome it…it’s eye opening!
Lie 1 – I’m Not a Good Mom
Rachel goes through the struggles she has a working mom and the guilt she feels. I was right there with her. I am hardly ever at the school and I’m not able to volunteer for anything. I am constantly beating myself up for this and feel bad that my son knows I have to go to work everyday and can’t be at his school events. Don’t get me wrong, I go to all the plays and lunches I can, but that is really only a few a year.
Since reading this book, I’ve changed my thoughts a little on this. I still struggle, but I’m also teaching my son that hard work pays off and it’s ok to have something you love outside the family. My son is by no means deprived of my time and I make to every sporting event; although I have to get help getting him there on time. For my family, it’s important for our son to see that both of us have successful careers and both of us pitch in, both inside and outside the home.
I have also made some really good mom friends. They are non-judgmental and help me keep my stuff together when it comes to school! It makes me feel a little better to know they love my son too and will make him feel loved when they are at the school and I can’t be.
Lie 2 – I Will Never Get Past This
Rachel shares a traumatic story about loss she has gone through and this one hit me like a ton of bricks. In December 2018, my husband and I went through the most traumatic event of our lives. I will share the details later, but honestly, I’m still trying to get through this.
One thing I’ve learned in going through all this is that I never think I’m doing it right. It is one of the loneliest places to be and no matter what I try, I feel like I’m failing. We are just now at the one year mark, so it is still pretty fresh, but this chapter did help me see I’m not alone. It was also comforting to know I’m doing the same actions she suggests that helped her move on. Time will tell how I do…
Truth be told, a lot of the chapters touched me in this book. Even if it wasn’t the same message Rachel was talking about, I could relate to a similar lie or the same lie but in a different way. I think that’s part of what makes this book good!
Critiques of the Book Girl, Wash Your Face
A good book review isn’t complete without critiques, but honestly, I don’t have any for this book. I love the way she writes and how honest she is.
This isn’t normal and I can assure you some of my other book reviews will have plenty of critiques! Hang with me!
Overall Thoughts – Girl, Wash Your Face
Worth a read. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
When you’re finished, you’ll be able to identify lies you’ve believed. You’ll be able to take an honest look at each lie and decide how to fight back. Often times, the biggest hurdle is acknowledging it. This book really helped me to see that I’m not the only one who has these self-doubt thoughts. It allowed me to take an honest look at whether what I thought was true, or just something I believed.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you read this book? What lies resonated with you? Would you recommend it to a friend?