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Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis {Review}

Blurb:

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, #1 New York Times bestselling 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—instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.

Review:

I want to start this review off by saying that self help books are not books that you can pick up and start reading and expect to enjoy if you are not in the right mind frame for the content. I read and really enjoyed Rachel’s first book Girl, Wash Your Face and was very excited when I learned that she was going to be writing a second book with more content to help women. I know that there is so much controversy behind the first book and I am pretty certain that there will be some behind this second book as well.

While listening to the audio version of this book, even though the publisher gifted me a beautiful advanced copy, I have to admit at first I had some major eye rolling moments. I knew that I probably needed to stop and step away from the book at that moment and maybe come back to it. Which is what I did and that helped so much. Now, while I am not out here trying to build a multimillion-dollar company, Rachel does have some nuggets of advice and inspiration that I know I will be able to apply to my everyday life such as having goals no matter how big or small, asking for help with confidence, planning, and most importantly learning to say no.

I enjoyed her pop culture references because they were things that I could personally relate to and I find that very important when dealing with books like this one. At the same time, I could also see where some may think that she is coming off as pretentious and privileged. I don’t think that she means to come off that way, but I also take some of her personality traits with a grain of salt. I am not here to dissect her book and life because I feel like she doesn’t know my struggle. I am here to get what I can from what she has written and apply it the best way that I can.

Once again with this book, I feel that there is something for everyone to take from it. You cannot go into a book like this with the author on a pedestal because you will be disappointed. She is a human being and she is not perfect. She has flaws just like everyone else. What she wants you to do is stop apologizing for your flaws and work on what you can. Take charge.

I would recommend giving this book a chance. Do not be fooled by the placement of this book in the Christian section of a bookstore because that is not where it belongs. Inspirational does not equal religion. Inspirational is just what it is. To inspire someone.

Rating:

3.75 Stars

Availability:

Available now in hardcover, ebook and audio

Thank you HarperCollins Leadership for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Crazy Rich Asians {Movie review}

I know this isn’t a book review but I felt it is my duty to let you know how I felt about the adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.

I went to see Crazy Rich Asians tonight. Of course I went to see it because I read the book but even if I hadn’t read the book, I would have wanted to see it. I love a good rom-com. Now, I am a HUUUUGE snob when it comes to adaptations of books. Let’s face the truth, there is so much more in a book than can be put onto the screen.

I loved the fact that the cast was primarily Asian and that Hollywood was not able to “whitewash” it. The casting of the characters was amazing even the slight adjustments they made to some personalities. Gave it a bit of flare.

I knew going in that there were going to be things left out of the movie just because that is unfortunately how it works. The book itself has so much development in it that pushes the plot but the movie was written well enough. I see why Kevin Kwan was so happy with it.

I am curious to see if they will make books two and three of the trilogy into movies. I haven’t read them yet but they have just been bumped up on my TBR.

I definitely want to see this movie again.

It wasn’t perfect(what adaptation is?) but it was well worth it. I highly recommend going to see it. If you’re a reader, I’d read the book first but if you aren’t a reader but you love rom-coms, you’ll definitely enjoy this one.

Here’s to diversity in Hollywood and a very nice adaptation of book to movie!

Rating:

4.5 Stars

Please let me know your thoughts on the movie and/or the book!