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Girl, Wash Your Face

Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
Written by: Rachel Hollis
Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Self-Help, Motivational
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,423 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best seller - more than three million copies sold.

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.

If you have ever said any of these things to yourself...something else will make me happy; I’m not a good mom; I will never get past this; I am defined by my weight; I should be further along by now...then you could benefit from the unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity Rachel Hollis has in store for you. In this challenging but conversational audiobook, Rachel exposes the 20 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.

Rachel is real and talks about real issues. More than that, she 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. Because you really can live with passion and hustle - and give yourself grace without giving up. 

©2018 Rachel Hollis (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

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Mostly for moms and people with religious beliefs

I only listened to half the book because even though she sounds very nice and it's a light listening, I felt like the advice was more focused on moms and family life. Also, as a non religious person, the argument that "don't worry because God has a plan, so things will work out" makes no sense to me. I think this should be marketed as a more spiritual/religious book

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Not a good story for single women

I am a single mom and I do not like the promotion of religion. I couldn’t get past the first few chapters.

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Difficult to relate to.

Struggled to finish the book. Her story is difficult to relate to for me. At times felt too fairytale-ish. I enjoy the way she writes and tells her story but wasnt a book for me. As she says many editors told her, her book is "too sweet" and really doesnt relate to my life.

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Good for Christian Mothers

Had some good tips and stories, but not really that helpful if you're not a mother or inspired by monetary gains. Found it hard to relate to and listen to, as it seemed a bit repetitive.

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I fell for the hype

I bought this because of so many positive reviews but after listening to 5 chapters I had to return it. Everything I heard was really basic - things you’ve probably heard countless times in your life. I really didn’t enjoy the narration or find the author’s antidotes relatable or funny even though it was so clearly trying to be both of those things. I would recommend You Are A Badass instead.

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Rachel Hollis is nauseating.

Her brand reeks of wealthy white privilege. I cannot stomach this content. Come on back down here to the real world, Hollis.

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Ignorance is Bliss

i usually force myself to finish books even if i dont like them, but this one i couldnt. im not sure if it was her voice or her tone that bothered me more. as a mother with three children who works full time, this woman doesnt get it. it had religious undertones that i didnt like, and it was too ignorant. she clearly just needed an outlet to talk about how great she thinks she is

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High hopes came crumbling down

I returned after listening to 2 hours, I don't find constant self-depreciating narrative to be empowering in the least, and I felt like the 2 hours I listened were focused on trying to convince me of how 'normal' the author is, through self-depreciating stories. I like when people can laugh at themselves sure enough, but this vibe of this was not resonating with me in the least.

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Not the right tone for me

I recently saw Rachel Hollis's documentary about her Rise event, and loved it. Loved the messages, the empowerment, and all of it. So I picked up this book. But is not striking the right chord with me. I'm only about 1/3 the way through, but I had to put it aside. For now, at least. I read/listen to a lot of self-help/empowerment/mindfulness/motivational books. But this one feels like I am being scolded a bit. I get that it is just her story and she is not professing to be an expert/psychologist/etc. But something about the tone is falling flat for me - which is partly me and partly the book. I just think she has a lack of awareness about how some of her messages can be received, and I find myself wishing some of it was backed by research the way so many other books are. So I accept that this is really popular for many people as a great inspirational tale, but so far not my cup of tea.
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Redundant, obvious, and too religious

An entire book telling us we are in control of our lives? Who doesn't know that already? Is that something that indoctrinated Christians fall for? Very disappointing waste of an audible credit. There are motivating books out there containing useful information. Try Matt Fitzgerald's, "How Bad do You Want It," or Cindra Kamphoff's, "Beyond Grit."

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  • Jamie
  • 2019-06-13

Glad to see I wasn't alone

I kept seeing this book in a bunch of my friend's insta stories about how it was so great and "life changing". I just kept thinking, wow, what did I miss with this? But reading more of the reviews on here I see that I wasn't alone in thinking she was humble bragging and that she over simplified everything. As if "just get up and do it" attitude is all people with problems are missing in their life. Also, I found that she contradicted herself several times. This isn't always uncommon in self help or self growth books, but usually its between chapters or sections in book, where in this book one paragraph would strongly contradict the paragraph just previous.

I never write reviews, but this book was pretty terrible. I don't think I have ever read a book that was so hyped up, and missed the mark by so far.

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  • HGP
  • 2019-05-10

Why is this so popular?

Rachel Hollis... privileged and judgmental. I'm a thin gal but I was bothered by the fat shaming in this book. The author seems blissfully unaware of her own privilege and displays so much smugness it's nauseating. I couldn't finish the book, it was just too much blech.

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  • Christa Morgan
  • 2019-03-15

she is a complete narcissist.

can she love herself more? The rest of us are normal. you feel as if you are perfect.

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  • annmomof5
  • 2019-05-09

Waste of time

I hated this so much. I forced myself to listen to the whole thing. I wished I wouldn’t have. I can’t relate at all. She goes on about peeing her pants while jumping on a trampoline or shaving her toes as confessions of horror. She sounds like a privileged arrogant women offering fake help.

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  • Kathryne
  • 2019-05-01

Unbelievably self-indulgent

The narcissism radiating from this book is almost laughably unbelievable. There are some good principles, but how they are presented is almost comically terrible. This woman is REALLY into herself. I can’t believe I listened to this dumpster fire.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-28

Basic Humble Brag Book

I like to stick with books that I walk away from with some sort of new knowledge or a motivated feeling - this book went popular quick so I decided to take a chance, at the end of the read I was very disappointed. Full of Pinterest deep quotes and humble brags. Wouldn’t recommend in a million years, even for other books of its level.

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  • MeredithNCSU girl
  • 2018-04-07

More for women who are mothers

I did enjoy this book. much of the content spoke to me, woke me up, encouraged me to take control of my life and take action on my goals and dreams. My only real criticism is that there were a lot of times that I felt like I just couldn't relate, at all, or really follow along because it was so focused on being a good mother. I am not a mother and have chosen not to be one. More power to those that do! I salute you!!! If you're a mama and need some guidance and encouragement... this book is bomb!!! But for me, I got bored with the stories. Call me a terrible person... her testimony of her experiences were gripping but they didn't resonate with me... so I lost interest for a great deal of the book. However, overall I enjoyed it and will likely listen to it again, I'll just skip through the parts that don't speak to me. I loved the author's voice both physically as she read and in her story to call to action you living in your truth and speaking it too.

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  • NJ
  • 2018-06-22

Not what I was expecting, and not in a good way.

I wanted to like this book. I loved at the beginning when I heard her encouraging women to understand that they have the power to change their life if they are unhappy.

Yet once we got into chapter two...it all went downhill, MAJORLY. At one point she was saying she couldn’t “trust or rely” on her friend who didn’t stick to her “whole 30 diet” The author basically said “How can I trust her to keep a promise if she can’t keep a promise to herself?” Ummm it’s a DIET Rachel, not a moral test, OHHHHHKAY!?? Then it made me think...then if we can’t trust a woman that has “failed a diet” because she didn’t “keep her promise” at some point in her life, then none of us would have female friends. Zero.

She chose a HORRIBLE example, staying on a diet does not indicate a women’s values. Or her ability to keep a promise. It’s so closed minded, I can’t handle it. She goes on to talk about diets and weight loss and if you can just “make *it* (weightloss) a priority and keep your promises to yourself (aka stick to your diet and exercise routine) then you too can lose weight and magically your life will be significantly better. Um, I just can’t even people.

This is the very SAME message the media feeds women “get your life together and stick to the diet for once!!” and I refuse to read books that support that BS. Yet the author preaches the same lies, that if we could only have will-power enough to keep our promise and stick to a diet and become thinner and more physically appealing then we would conquer our issues. No thanks. It’s 2018 and a book meant to “encourage women” should have nothing to do with trying to help them “find their ability to keep their promise and stick to a diet”

To all women out there, Please know, you are loved, worthy and capable of so much more than just sticking to a diet and changing your life/body to fit societies standards. You are so much more than a just a body.

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  • Janielle
  • 2018-08-03

I can't believe people actually like this book

First off, I didn't really know what I was getting into when I chose this book. It was on the bestsellers and I was in panic mode and needed to make a quick decision.

It's possible that many of my gripes with this book stem from the Author's voice and maybe if I had read an written book my feelings would be different, but probably not.

The author come across as whiny, immature and dim witted. I can't believe that this "self help" book would actually help anyone other than a young naive teenage girl. If you are not a young naive teenage girl, then there are better places to spend your time and money.

The author really loves herself, that is apparent. It is great to love yourself, but why do your readers need to know how much you love yourself? This reads like a list of the author's accomplishments in her 35 years of life experience. Nothing of significance, enlightenment or substance here.

Here, I'll save you some money: Follow your dreams, you can be whatever you want to be in life. You're welcome.

Side note #1: She talks down about people who are overweight as if they are less than. Example: you are ugly and not worthy if you are overweight. I would like to let her know that your weight on a scale has nothing to do with your health. Also, you can be overweight and not over-eat, stress eat or sit around on a couch all day.

Side note #2: I had no idea this was a Christian book. That through me for a loop. So "God has a plan" for your life is also a major theme. Wow, thank's for the insight. ;)

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  • R. Gagnon
  • 2018-07-06

This book gave me the "brain pain"

If you like wall decals that say "live love laugh", this book might be for you.

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  • Lena
  • 2019-07-10

Mum wash your face

There are too many different problems that are listed that one person cannot possibly relate to! Eating disorder, alcoholism, body image, childhood trauma of loosing someone, having children, adoption... too many things in one book. Would have been better to diversify and make at least 2 out of one. It’s not very relatable. I did not enjoy listening to it very much. The authors performance gets better towards the end of the book. To conclude, I would not recommend buying this book for self help. There are so many other that are better written.

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  • Fabio Lunardi
  • 2019-03-04

Too much religious reference

I liked the candour, couldn't stand the scripture. There were far too many religious references for this atheist.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2020-05-10

I truly loved this book. I found it honest, and i

I truly loved this book. I found it honest open and above all motivating and inspring. I definitely recommend it.