Since my first experience with audiobooks, I’ve begun to check off my book list again. I love reading, and have had a love/hate relationship with finding and making the time for it. Well more so the ideal time to sit, drink coffee, read, in total (yep you guessed it) silence. But I digress, cause those moments are few and far between. My time now is during off classes and folding laundry after bedtime. Recently I’ve been able to get through this book: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.
So I saw this cover sprinkled throughout my IG timeline quite frequently, but to be honest I didn’t know who Rachel Hollis was until I read this book. The audiobook is read by her, which I like to think is pretty cool. So when my classroom door was closed, I sometimes imagined sitting across from her like a Q&A or at her seminar – not prepping for the next kindergarten art project (it’s the little things).
Okay, so what did I think of the book? It was alright. Is that really my answer? Yes. Let’s dive into a quick review:
Strengths I enjoyed:
- The book has a very strong literary voice and that’s awesome. Rachel has a way of writing that makes you want to listen and be her friend or at least a solid acquaintance.
- The flow of the book makes sense. It goes through a series of lies that Rachel has believed and pretty much how she debunked them.
- At the end of each chapter was how Rachel dealt with each lie as a guide for you if that was a struggle for you as well.
- Many of those lies were extremely relatable! Who doesn’t deal with self image or being driven, or accepting who you are as a mother?
- It was honest. And not the cliche honest either. There was a sincerity about the book that was incredibly respectable.
Areas I didn’t vibe with:
- There were moments of the book where I didn’t fully know where Rachel was taking me exactly. Was this a helpful tip I should take away or was this simply a rambling section.
- Some of the advice wasn’t new. Mind you this was stated when the book began, but I was looking for some more fresh perspectives.
- It teetered between sharing the author’s story and helping with your own story. There was a correlation, but not as prominent as I would have preferred. I felt like the caption should’ve read How I stopped believing about who I was so I could become the person I was meant to be.
Overall I did enjoy parts of the book more than others, mainly learning about Rachel and her story. I think that’s what made the book more than anything else. I do believe she writes well to her targeted audience and that’s awesome. Have you read this book? If so what were your favorite parts? What didn’t you like so much? I’d love to know!