By: Rachel Hollis
Standalone | 240 Pages | Pub. 2018
I have been trying to read more nonfiction lately so I picked up this book not really knowing too much about it. It was on a list of solid nonfiction reads on goodreads. I’m not really a self-help book type of person, but this promised to be funny and cute, so it was added to my list.
I listened to the audio on Hoopla and it it actually read by the author so that was a nice personal twist.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s not about how Hollis established her media empire, but about real life and how she manages to prioritize the things she loves over the things she has to deal with. I laughed and I was extremely sad and all of the good feelings that you are supposed to get from a book. Be aware that you aren’t going to learn how to build your own empire, but you will hear hilarious stories about how she peed herself on a trampoline.
At the end of each chapter, Hollis gives helpful ways that she survived situations or handled a particular issue. They were actual helpful and doable things which I really appreciated and she didn’t sound condescending while offering advice.
It is important to note that because she is a mother of four, her audience is 20-40 somethings. There is content surrounding children and work, but you could probably translate this to family in general or school. She gets into some dark things in her past from the very rocky and questionable beginning of her relationship to how she deals with her brother’s suicide. Things get REAL. I almost cried a few times, so if you are looking for just funny, you may need another book.
The last thing I will note is that Hollis is a christian and that is reflected in this book. She does not, by any means, try to convert or overwhelm, but she does refer to her faith. This didn’t bother me and actually added a layer of reality and connection, but I realize that may not be the case for everyone.
Overall, I truly enjoyed this and would encourage you to read (or listen) if you are on the fence!
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