Girl, Read This Book

Girl (2)I really, really wanted to hate this book. In fact, I’m not sure why I entered to win it. I am always leery of “lifestyle” gurus. (Martha Stewart messed me up!) And I hate Gwenyth Paltrow. But. I decided to read this with an open mind. I decided that I would give it a fair and honest review. So, here goes….

I did not read Girl, Wash Your Face, though I saw it everywhere. But this book. It did something to me. I have probably sticky-noted half this book. If you are planning something big for your life. If you want to reach a goal you think is impossible. If you want to feel better about being human, then you need to read this book. Yes, there were things about it I found … presumptuous. That having been said, Rachel Hollis provides some really, really good advice on how to achieve your goals. Some of the advice is obvious – have a clean house because chaos breeds chaos – and some advice is not so obvious – stop making to-do lists and use a list that has goals, steps and mile-markers.

I am in the process of planning something that I think will be big in my life. I have been working on it seriously for a few weeks. This book came along at the right time. It has give me some excellent advice about how to make this new project truly successful. So this book came to me when I needed it and I have taken to heart a lot of the advice in it.

Things I like about Rachel Hollis: she is honest about the fact that she cannot do what she does without help. She has a nanny, a housekeeper, and a staff who help her. Most lifestyle people want you to think they “do it all” and do it by themselves. This is bullshit and she says how damaging it is for women who read and buy into these “lifestyles.” They feel incompetent and unable to succeed because they don’t see the behind-the-scenes that really goes on. I respect and like that fact that she is honest about how she does it. I also like the fact that she admits that she doesn’t like volunteering at her kids’ school and, therefore, doesn’t do it. She is kind but firm about saying no.

Things I don’t like: the folsky, aw-shucks thing. I don’t know if it’s genuine. But it annoys me. To no end.

I still think that this book is a book EVERY WOMAN should read. It is filled with good advice. It is practical and helpful in most ways. I banked a lot of really good information from it. It’s short – 200ish pages. It’s well-written and easy to read. So I suggest you pick up a copy and pursue your dreams.

I won this book from Goodreads and received no compensation in exchange for my review. The opinions contained herein are mine and mine alone.

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