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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
  • By: Rachel Hollis
  • Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,751

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the 20 lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More for women who are mothers

  • By MeredithNCSU girl on 04-07-18

Girl, Wash Your Hands of This Book!

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-19

While this book had a great concept and there were parts I enjoyed, overall, it was simply "Humblebrag, A Memior by Rachel Hollis."

If that's not specific enough for you, allow me to elaborate:

Rachel spins this book as a self help novel, and I guess it is... since she spends the entire time talking about how she helped herself, and then preaching to the listener/reader about how they simply must do the same.


She is frequently borderline condescending in her approach and, when she's not making you feel guilty for disagreeing with her, she is flaunting her own accomplishments, which makes the book mostly unrelatable and leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

She rarely gives you any advice on how to accomplish your goals, unless you count telling you to write your goals down, victim-blaming (hey, did you know I was abused because I let him treat me that way?), and telling you to stop making excuses and get off your butt. I don't know about you, but I've been given better and more original advice from a fortune cookie.

To top it all off, I totally missed that this is a Christian memior, so if you're not prepared for someone to discuss their own faith at length, this is not the book for you. It made me borderline uncomfortable at times and I share the same faith.

So, in conclusion, good for Rachel. I'm glad she is successful. But I'm going to have a hard time even looking at her blog after this. What I heard was a totally girl power and inspirational book was just a huge disappointment. If you're looking for something that will actually inspire you, I recommended "The Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes, aka the book Rachel plagiarizes several times in this one. Just stick with the original and you'll be better off.

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  • Year of Yes

  • How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
  • By: Shonda Rhimes
  • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,118

The megatalented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder chronicles how saying yes for one year changed her life - and how it can change yours, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 7 Hours Listening to an Audio Book Ever!

  • By ccreads on 02-20-16

The Self-Help Book for People Who Hate Self-Help

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I hate self help books. With a passion. "☆Smile and the world smiles with you!!!!☆" and other cliches make me consider smashing my head in with a brick. "The only person who can help you is you!" YES. I KNOW, [SELF-HELP BOOK AUTHOR]. THAT'S WHY I BOUGHT YOUR BOOK. A SELF-HELP BOOK. TO HELP MYSELF. WHY ARE YOU LIKE THIS? WHY DID I SPEND MONEY ON THIS? WHERE IS THE NEAREST BRICK??

That being said, if you are like me, buckle up...

You're going to love this book.

In "The Year of Yes," Shonda Rhimes brings all the wit and charm of her TV writing style into her personal journey from a depressed and (in her words) boring naysayer, to a vibrant, passionate, and inspiring person. As she writes her memoir, she never once sounds self-helpy. In fact, she seems to hate self-help books as much as we do, regarding them with a fantastic amount of snark and sarcasm. Nevertheless, her story is incredibly inspiring if you also find yourself never saying yes to anything and always hiding in the comfort of your routine. She will make you realize just how much of a hindrance staying inside of your comfort zone can be, and make you want to dance out of it and into a happier existence.

So, if you find yourself feeling stuck, incredibly depressed, and like you could be doing so much more with your life, please give this book a listen. Shonda has inspired me to jump out of my comfort zone and try my own Year of Yes, and I can't wait to check in with myself on my birthday next year and see how much has changed. I hope she will do the same for you.


  • Inheritance

  • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 31 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,690

Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the reviews had me worried for nothing!

  • By Robert on 05-10-12

Storm the castle! Rest. Storm the castle! Rest.

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Christopher Paolini needed to finish his money fort, so this book exists. Warning: does not end how you wanted.