Girl, Wash Your Face
by Rachel Hollis
Girl, read this book.
I’ve slogged through my fair share of motivational books and have shelved quite a few. I’m not one to be swayed by trigger words or mantras that are supposed to enlighten and inspire me. I am often reminded of that episode of friends when Rachael, Monica, and Phoebe accuse one another of stealing each others’ wind while avoiding the bad, lightning bearing men. No thank you. Those books are not for me.
In Girl, Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis lays it on the line. With humor and humility, Rachel tells women to basically suck it up, stop holding themselves back, and break the habit of feeling guilty. Through her own experiences, we learn that although we’re not perfect and we don’t always make the right choices, we can learn from them and move forward, rather than walking around in the muck of our own perceived failures.
Rather than bombard the reader with stories of how perfectly unflawed she is, the opening line in her book reads, “I peed my pants last week.” Right away you know, this is a woman I can relate to.
If you’re looking for a book to validate how badly life has treated you or give you a magic list of words to repeat every morning, this isn’t the book for you. But, if you’re ready to grab life by the horns and get up, get out and get something done, run to the bookstore now.
Five stars, and worth every one.