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  • Girl, Stop Apologizing (Audible Exclusive Edition)

  • A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals
  • Written by: Rachel Hollis
  • Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 364

Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: women not living into their full potential. They feel a tugging on their hearts for something more, but they’re afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough. In Girl, Stop Apologizing, number-one New York Times best-selling author and founder of a multimillion-dollar media company, Rachel Hollis sounds a wake-up call. She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people - whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings but I have to be honest

  • By Melissa Simkin on 2019-03-26

Mixed feelings but I have to be honest

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-26

I will admit- this book was motivating. Rachel Hollis laid the book out well, and she was a great narrator for this audiobook. She had a lot of good ideas, some of them were common sense, but I did incorporate them into my life. I started drinking a LOT of water at work, climbing the stairs to the 11th floor of my building instead of taking the elevator, I started squeezing more into my schedule than I used to. I started evaluating my choices, habits and friends. I feel confident to make changes in my life. That is what a motivational book should do.

But where this book falls short, is how out of touch Rachel is with the common woman. She frequently references her lavish lifestyle and how much money she makes, yet tells us not to compare ourselves to her. I would say 40% of the book included tips on how to improve your life and mood, the other 60% was a brag-fest, and her "obstacles" are ant hills compared to the mountains some women have to climb. She says she got to where she is by working hard, but the fact is, she got where she is because she has a supportive partner who makes enough money and takes care of the kids to allow her to pursue her dreams.

I felt motivated many times throughout this book. Other times, long after I stopped listening to it, I would randomly get angry about how much she brags about her life, and what examples she references to make her points. Near the end, she mentioned diversity and including more viewpoints from women of colour, women of all sizes, gay, bi, etc. yet she didn't think to talk to anyone else about their REAL problems before writing a self-help book where the majority of examples don't apply to the majority of the audience. Flying first class, lavish vacations, boob jobs, eyelash extensions, a nanny.. I just couldn't relate. Also, as a scientist, and a women with no children, she rarely used any examples that would pertain to me. Not all of us want a huge social media following, and not many of us base our success on how much we weigh.

I just felt that this book missed the mark and excluded many great women also looking for motivation that aren't social media gurus or mothers. I will not read any more books from her.

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