My two stars = "It was fair." I did not hate this book. There were even aspects of it that I liked quite a bit. But I had enough misgivings about it that I couldn't give it a solid "I liked it."
I should start writing down where I get recommendations. I think I recall someone enthusiastically recommended it in a Facebook group I belong to. One of those "Everyone should read this" types of recommendations. I even put myself on a waitlist for the audiobook, on my library's e-collection site. I was psyched when it came to me.
One of the things that made me go "WHAT?!?!" early on was the author's mention of the book having a "Christian publisher." That was not made obvious in any way. Often throughout the book, Hollis refers to God's plan; hearing the Lord quietly speaking to her, etc. I found myself recoiling whenever she did that. I'm neither Christian nor religious.
Rachel Hollis is your friend who thinks she can be your therapist because she goes to therapy herself. She's your friend who lost weight and thinks she knows the cure to everyone's fatness. She's also the friend who posts Jesus memes on Facebook and then doesn't understand when her Jewish friends don't like them.
She apparently has a wildly successful online media/lifestyle company I've never heard of. Her big dream is to be on the cover of Forbes magazine for being a self-made female billionaire. Stay tuned, I suppose.
I fully recognize that I am not the target audience for this book. The author reportedly has a large following of fans, and I suppose they're the ones eating this book with a spoon. Her basic message boils down to: YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE; YOU HAVE THE POWER. That's a valuable message, but nothing I haven't encountered elsewhere, from people with more qualifications.