Book Review: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

3.5 disco balls

Published: February 6, 2018 by Thomas Nelson
Category: Nonfiction, Self-Help
As I write this, its been on the NY Times Best Sellers List for the last 27 weeks

The full title reads: Girl, Wash your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be 

I’ll be honest: I am not one for self-help books. After my sister read this one, she called me and told me I “just had to read it.” So I listened to her.

Each chapter addresses a lie we tell ourselves; such as Something Else Will Make Me Happy, I’ll Start Tomorrow, I’m Better Than You, I Should be Further Along by Now, and There’s Only One Right Way to Be.

I related to a few of the stories and some I did not. The sections on motherhood I was going to skip – being that its a tough subject for me (dealing with unexplained infertility and multiple pregnancy losses over for the last 6 years is draining and my tolerance for “mommy” stuff varies based on my ever-changing moods on the matter*) – but, I didn’t skip them. Here’s why: the stories offered perspective. Although I might not relate, I still had something to learn by listening to what someone else may be going through.

The messaging isn’t profound; its stuff we already know, but need to be reminded of. The messaging’s strong suit is that it offers you time for reflection.

*WOW did I just admit that to the world? I guess I did. I may have to owe that courage to the book. After reading, it made me want to tell my story more in hopes of helping someone silently struggling like myself. Just as Rachel did when she opened up about her foster and adoption journeys.

It’s a quick read, and I recommend you dive in and experience what the buzz is all about. 

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

Lie: No is the Final Answer
“You are a warrior because of the trials you are going through, but don’t you dare squander the strength you have earned just because the acquisition of it was painful.”

Lie: I Should Be Further Along by Now
“When you force yourself to admit to all the things you have accomplished, you’ll realize that it’s wrong to be so hard on yourself for all the things you haven’t.”

Lie: I Can’t Tell the Truth
“I want you to see someone who kept showing up again and again, even when it was tearing her apart.”

Who is Rachel Hollis?
rachel-hollisGoodreads Bio: Rachel Hollis is a bestselling author, TV personality, in-demand speaker, and founder and CEO of Chic Media, the foremost authority on premium digital content for women. Named one of Inc. Magazine’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30,” Rachel uses her infectious energy to empower women to take control of their lives and pursue their passions without fear. Motivational, inspirational, and always approachable, Rachel’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a refreshing approach that allows her to authentically connect with millions of women around the world. Rachel has worked with top brands including Walmart, Disney Junior, JCPenney, Rubbermaid, Sprint, and Keurig to create innovative and compelling content for Chic Media’s award-winning women’s lifestyle blog. Rachel is the author of the bestselling Girls Series, including Party Girl, Sweet Girl and Smart Girl, as well as a cookbook, Upscale Downhome. Rachel resides in Los Angeles with her husband and four children. For more information, visit

I received an arc of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.


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23 thoughts on “Book Review: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

  1. It's one of those moments when I want to write a comment because it's important, but don't have the words to express what I'm feeling. So, as lacking as my words are: Thank you for being open about your struggle, I'm sincerely feeling with you.

    As for the book, as usual a great review. And you did make me curious about it, because it's true, sometimes you just need to remind yourself of some things.

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  2. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this book or not, now I guess I will…

    I read most of Wayne Dyer’s books, and I actually have a list of his quotes, but I keep a piece of paper with the following quote in my wallet:
    “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
    the reason why I keep this in my wallet is because I need the reminder every now and then…
    Hugs xoxo

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