Nerds and Beyond Book Club: ‘Girl, Stop Apologizing’ by Rachel Hollis


Hi fellow book nerds!

For this month’s Book Club selection I chose Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis. You may know Rachel Hollis as the author of the New York Times‘ bestseller Girl, Wash Your Face, which is one of the most recent popular personal development books among people today.

Image courtesy of Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis is an author and self-help guru that holds multiple conferences that she calls “Rise” weekend conferences in various cities in the United States, as well as London, England. Rachel’s “Rise” business conferences consist of a 3-day conference with a guest list of some of the greatest motivational speakers presenting throughout the entire weekend, such as Ed Mylett.

Like the cover says, Girl, Stop Apologizing is “A shame-free game plan to embracing and achieving your goals.” Rachel splits the book into three sections and with each part comes with multiple chapters that deal with each topic. The first section of chapters she calls “Excuses To Let Go Of,” where Rachel tackles the common excuses people use such as “I Don’t Have Time,” “I’m Terrified of Failure,” among many others. She also talks about “Behaviors To Adopt” in many chapters, such as “Stop Asking Permission,” “Embrace Your Ambition,” and “Learn To Say No,” and a final section of chapters on skills. A few examples are the chapters she does in positivity, confidence, and planning, ending with the final chapter “Believe in Your Dang Self.”

A description for Girl, Stop Apologizing Says:

“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.”

Personally this is one of the most motivating books I’ve read, and I cant wait to hear everyone’s reactions! It’s helped me immensely, as I used to be someone that came up with excuses — even some of the ones she mentions in this book — and she pretty much calls you out on them, which I absolutely appreciate. She also makes me believe I can do anything I want if I work my absolute best to achieve whatever goal I have. I wasn’t into personal development until I discovered her, and now that has completely changed for me. If you’re looking for a great self-help book and personal development, this is the one you should be checking out!

To participate in our Nerds and Beyond Book Club, send an email to with “Book Club” in the subject line. We’ll be emailing out discussion questions that will be posted in an article at the end of the month.

Adrienne is a Certified Medical Assistant, as well as a new writer that joined the team in 2019. She is a lover of all things true crime, Supernatural, Sherlock, spoken word poetry, among others. You can find her on all her social media platforms under adri_lynn.

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