Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Length: 240 pages
Audiobook Length: 7 hours and 4 minutes
First Published: 2018
Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie.
As the founder of the lifestyle website The Chic Site and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.
With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.
With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.
Quotes from Girl, Wash Your Face
You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are.
Comparison is the death of joy, and the only person you need to be better than is the one you were yesterday.
Our words have power, but our actions shape our lives.
Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business.
Friends, it’s not about the goal or the dream you have. It’s about who you become on your way to that goal.
Your dream is worth fighting for, and while you’re not in control of what life throws at you, you are in control of the fight.
Discussion Questions for Girl, Wash Your Face
- There have been a lot of mixed reactions to this book. Some people adore Rachel and find her story incredibly relatable; others find her obnoxious and out of touch. Are you on one side or the other or somewhere in the middle?
- Every chapter of the book follows the same format: Identify a lie we tell ourselves, share a meaningful personal story on why it’s a lie, and then identify three truths you should actually tell yourself. While reading this book, did you identify any lies you tell yourself? What truths do you think you should replace it with?
- Throughout the book, Rachel emphasizes how she’s just like you. “I’m one of the nerdiest people you’re likely to meet,” (page 3), she states. Or other statements like, “Ya’ll, I’m no saint,” (page 64), “…not in a way that makes tangible sense to a virginal clarinet player…” (page 74), “I’m bad at pregnancy.” (page 82), and much more. Do you find these statements authentic?
- Rachel truly believes in all of the truths she has told herself, but that doesn’t make her statements true for everyone. What “truths” has she told herself that are lies in your life? Or vice versa, what “lie” did she highlight that is actually a truth for you?
- The bottom line of the book is that you control your destiny. “I’m an expert in bouncing back from rejection and fighting my way toward my goal,” she confidently states on page 55. And she often makes assertions that your failure is SOLELY on you and your outlook. “…taking the easy way out is how you end up on the sofa, fifty pounds overweight, while life passes you by,” (page XV). Or “…if you’re unhappy, that’s on you.” (page 5). Or how about, “…ultimately nobody is going to help you achieve (your dream),” (page 70) Do you agree with this assertion? Why or why not?
- Rachel sells advice for a living. It’s not a dig, she literally says that on page 115. And yet, many of the criticisms against her book say that she assumes her white heteronormative upper middle-class Christian worldview is exactly what ALL women experience. Critics point out that she has benefited from a socio-economic background that provided few have: landing a job at a prominent film company that lead to money and a rich partner who in turn can pay for needs like mental healthcare, access to other prominent individuals in society, in-home childcare, and much more. Do you think her advice benefits all women? Or is she simply making money selling advice to women who fit the same worldview?
Book Trailer for Girl, Wash Your Face
About Rachel Hollis
Rachel Hollis is a bestselling author of the motivational books Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing. She is the founder and CEO of Chic Media. She currently lives in Texas with her husband and four children. Visit the author’s website →