A Modern Day Fairy Tale: Girl, Wash Your Face {A Book Review + Giveaway}

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Girl, Wash Your Face {A Book Review + Giveaway}

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**Book received for consideration. Post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

I like to think that I am a person who likes to see the best in others. I can look past imperfections, forgive mistakes and find good to share and encourage others with.

Unless I'm talking to myself.

Then, I'm just downright hurtful. I suppose it's true what they say--- we are all our own worst critics. We find it so easy to forgive the shortcomings and embrace the positives of those around us, but cannot seem to do the same when we look in the mirror. Instead we bombard ourselves with these lines:

I'm not a good mom.
I'm not a good wife.
I'm not a good writer.
I cannot do it.
I am not worth more than this.
I'm not pretty/thin/tall/fashionable enough.
Simply put, I am not enough.

How many of these have you told yourself in your lifetime? The past year? The past month? Week? Since you woke up this morning? 

Try as we may to do it all and to have confidence in doing it, we often fall short and instead of allowing ourself the grace that we offer to others, we instead out ourselves down. And let's be honest--- these aren't truth. These are the lies that we tell outselves. These are the lies that hold us back.

These are some of the lies featured and debunked in the new book by Rachel Hollis- Girl, Wash Your Face-

With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of TheChicSite.com founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.

Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.

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.

Now, I'm going to be 100% completely honest... I almost stopped reading this book before the first chapter even began. You see, right there in the intro I discovered a sentiment that I absolutely disagree with wholeheartedly. "You choose your own happiness."

Here's the thing, as someone who has struggled with mental health for as long as I can remember, I know that 'choosing to be happy' is not always possible. When you are dealing with depression, anxiety, etc it's simply not that easy, and I find that sentiment to be very hurtful and potentially harmful to those struggling with these issues. It seems to say that if only you wanted it more and tried hard enough, those struggles would end. That's unfortunately not the reality. So like I said, it nearly made me put the book down... but I decided I'd at least read a few chapters in and give it a fair go. Thankfully I did, because later into the introduction, she did clarify that these mental health issues were not what she was referring too. 

But there is a difference in being unhappy or discontent and clinical depression. There is a difference in having moments of anxiety and moments of depression when life reaches those tough points and having true anxiety and/or depression. One is situational. One is an illness that is not as easy to talk our way out of. I feel like this book is meant for those who deal with the situational and not the clinical--- though I think we can all benefit from it to some degree as well.

Now that I've gotten that little disclaimer out of the way, this book was quite entertaining. Rachel leaves nothing out in this fun book--- it's no holds barred as she lays it all out on the table. Do you have that one friend who always tells it like it is... no matter how crazy or embarrassing? If not, you'll find her in this book. She breaks down all of these lies that we as women tell ourselves and reminds us that not only are we not alone, but that they really are lies and can only have power over us if we allow them too. She offers tips that have worked for her and encourages each of us to stop believing the lies that hold us back.

Like all 'self-help' type books, you might find that you don't agree with everything she says or suggests... like I said, with my struggles with mental illness, I saw things from a different perspective. And you know what, that's totally okay! I think we can take what makes sense for us from these types of books, and leave behind what doesn't. I still learned a lot from this book (and was certainly still entertained by it). Regardless if you agree with everything or not, it's worth a read for sure.

If you struggle with insecurity and feeling not good enough, this is a book that you will want to experience. If nothing else it'll serve as a reminder that even those who seem like they have their life all together have had their moments where they feel the same.

Girl, Wash Your Face is available to purchase now at your favorite book retailers.

And I am giving one lucky reader a copy of the book for themselves. Enter using the giveaway form below:


  1. I love to read!


  2. I am intrigued to read this book.

  3. This looks like a good read.Thank you for the chance ☺

  4. Thanks for participating in all the giveaways that you do. I find so many authors and books to read.

  5. This is one of those books that's good to share with your family & friends.

  6. It sounds like an interesting book. I'm sure I could learn something from it.


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