Book Review: Girl, Wash Your Face

For over a year I heard buzz about this book, but I didn’t think much of it. The title didn’t exactly describe what the book was about. And this girl on the cover was washing her face with a fire hydrant. I mean how smart could she be? Normal people wash their face in the sink.

Then a friend of mine from Instagram recommended a podcast called Rise. I listened to the episode she suggested. The lady made a lot of sense. Then she mentioned something about her book… you guessed it:

Girl, Wash Your Face!
By Rachel Hollis

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The author is, shall we say, earthy. The first line of the book is, “I peed my pants.” So, no, not glamorous. The book is an easy read. She writes very conversationally.

It is a collection of lies she (like many) believed at one point in her life. Each chapter tackles a particular lie.

Some chapters I’d love to read to my middle school children. They are excellent lessons about life that are relevant to middle school kids. Many, if not most, still believe the lie. However, this is not a book that I can just put on the shelf. There is one chapter about sex. The message of that chapter is meant for married couples, not 11 year old children. Let’s just leave it at that.

Much of it is very inspirational though and has some good advice. I related to many of the things she said, like the excerpt below. There were one or two chapters that I just kinda skimmed because that is a lie that I don’t struggle with anymore. When you are a nerd/geek, you learn really young not to worry too much about what some people say.

A number of years ago, a friend of mine started writing. I wished my friend all the best, but I was not about to see him achieve my dream without me trying. It was not a competition thing, just a wake up. I realized I wasn’t getting any younger at 39 years old. It was the kick in the pants that got me started on fulfilling my dream. Now it is 4 years later and I have a published short story! Phase one complete! I’ve got another short story with promise in a contest and soon to be sent out to magazines. I just learned that I passed my End of Program exam (YEAH!), so it looks like I’ll be done with grad school in August and can start writing my novel. EEK! I’m so stinking excited!

Who will like this?

So, not for children but great for adults! If you have an older teen or young adult this would make a great discussion book for the family or a mother daughter book club. Then you could explain why women who’ve had one or more children worry about wetting themselves. On second thought, maybe that’s a bad idea!

Three quills because it’s not really appropriate for children and I could have done with a little less… earthiness and a little more decorum. That’s just my personal preference. You do You!


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