February 2019 Book Club Discussion Questions: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Who’s ready for our next Pingel Sisters book club discussion? Find out the Girl, Wash Your Face discussion questions for the month and when all the fun begins!

Welcome to the Pingel Sisters Book Club!

If you are new, last week we announced our February book club pick – Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. To give a bit more focus to our discussion, this month I’ve come up with 7 discussion questions for Girl, Wash Your Face. If you haven’t finished the book yet, don’t worry. There aren’t any spoilers in our questions.

At the end of the month, I’ll post my thoughts on the Girl, Wash Your Face discussion questions. At the same time, Rachael (who runs all the admin tasks for the blog) will open the post for comments.

I’m excited to host this month, and can’t wait to have an open conversation about Girl, Wash Your Face.


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February Book Club Pick

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Girl, Wash Your Face
by Rachel Hollis

One of the most popular books of 2018, Rachel Hollis’s motivational book Girl, Wash Your Face, seems to be one of the most talked about books of the year. Honestly, Hollis’s writing seems to provoke extreme reactions – you’ll either love it or hate it. Honestly, Rachael loved it. It was just what she needed to hear at the time. If you ever feel like you aren’t enough or tend to be too hard on yourself, give this book a try. Read more →

Find on:  Goodreads Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository

Let’s Discuss Girl, Wash Your Face

Here’s how it work. You read the book, we pick the questions, and then we have a fun conversation! Here is our February book club schedule:

February 19th – Let the discussion begin! For the last week of February, our discussion questions will be open for comment. We will update the post with our thoughts, and would love to hear what you have to say about Girl, Wash Your Face.

Discussion Rules

Let’s lay down some ground rule for our book club.

  1. You are not required to like the book.
  2. Keep it civil. Don’t attack other people’s opinions. We want discussion, not a shouting match.
  3. No profanity. Let’s keep it clean and family friendly.
  4. Engage with the other comments. We want to build a community of readers.
  5. Have fun!

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Girl, Wash Your Face Discussion Questions

Question 1: Rating

There have been a lot of mixed reactions to this book. Some people adore Rachel and find her story incredibly relatable; others find her obnoxious and out of touch. Are you on one side or the other or somewhere in the middle?

Question 2: Themes

Every chapter of the book follows the same format: Identify a lie we tell ourselves, share a meaningful personal story on why it’s a lie, and then identify three truths you should actually tell yourself. While reading this book, did you identify any lies you tell yourself? What truths do you think you should replace it with?

Question 3: Relatability

Throughout the book, Rachel emphasizes how she’s just like you. “I’m one of the nerdiest people you’re likely to meet,” (page 3), she states. Or other statements like, “Ya’ll, I’m no saint,” (page 64), “…not in a way that makes tangible sense to a virginal clarinet player…” (page 74), “I’m bad at pregnancy.” (page 82), and much more. Do you find these statements authentic?

– Just FYI, any true southern women is saying, “bless her heart” at her EXCESSIVE use of ya’ll throughout the book. And if you live in the South, you know that’s a sweetly veiled insult.

Question 4: Truths and Lies

Rachel truly believes in all of the truths she has told herself, but that doesn’t make her statements true for everyone. What “truths” has she told herself that are lies in your life? Or vice versa, what “lie” did she highlight that is actually a truth for you?

Question 5: You Control Your Success

The bottom line of the book is that you control your destiny. “I’m an expert in bouncing back from rejection and fighting my way toward my goal,” she confidently states on page 55. And she often makes assertions that your failure is SOLELY on you and your outlook. “…taking the easy way out is how you end up on the sofa, fifty pounds overweight, while life passes you by,” (page XV). Or “…if you’re unhappy, that’s on you.” (page 5). Or how about, “…ultimately nobody is going to help you achieve (your dream),” (page 70) Do you agree with this assertion? Why or why not?

Question 6: Supporting Women

Rachel sells advice for a living. It’s not a dig, she literally says that on page 115. And yet, many of the criticisms against her book say that she assumes her white heteronormative upper middle-class Christian worldview is exactly what ALL women experience. Critics point out that she has benefited from a socio-economic background that provided few have: landing a job at a prominent film company that lead to money and a rich partner who in turn can pay for needs like mental healthcare, access to other prominent individuals in society, in-home childcare, and much more. Do you think her advice benefits all women? Or is she simply making money selling advice to women who fit the same worldview?

Question 7: Research Question

Do you prefer fewer or more questions? What do you think is the sweet spot for number of questions?

View Girl, Wash Your Face Discussion Questions as a PDF

Excited to hear everyone’s thoughts! Be sure to come back after February 19th to discuss with us!

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  • Reply Tina February 10, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    I like Rachel Hollis. I listen to her podcast, RISE. It’s very motivating. This book is on my TBR as is her first book, Girl Stop Apologizing. I like how you set up this reading challenge! I’ll definitely be joining you! Thanks for the great post.

  • Reply Gayathri February 13, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    These are interesting questions and I look forward to the discussion posts. Anyway I have been saying Y’all a lot, without even realizing. I am not from the USA so I didn’t know it was a thing. TIL!

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