Author: Rachel Hollis

Publication Date: September 29, 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Description

I want you to know that what’s been good will always be good: the smell of coconut sunblock, a five year old showing you the spot where his front tooth used to be, a home-cooked meal, when your love kisses that exact spot on your neck, a grandmother’s handwriting, a job well done, the kindness of strangers, the human spirit, an Appaloosa horse, the ritual of your faith, laughing until you pee your pants a little, holiday dessert tables, first birthday parties, a perfect cup of coffee. What’s good will always be good, and one of the most awful, beautiful things about the hard seasons is that unless we experience hardship, we’ll never truly appreciate the goodness.

Fear. Grief. Loss. Betrayal. Rachel Hollis has felt all those things. Now, she takes you to the other side.

Rachel Hollis sees you. As the millions who read her #1 New York Times bestsellers Girl, Wash YourFace and Girl, Stop Apologizing, attend her RISE conferences and follow her on social media know, she also wants to see you transform. When it comes to the “hard seasons” of life-the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job-transformation seems impossible when grief and uncertainty dominate your days. Especially when, as Didn’t See that Coming reveals, no one asks to have their future completely rearranged for them.

But, as Rachel writes, it is up to you how you come through your pain-you can come through changed for the better, having learned and grown, or stuck in place where your identity becomes rooted in what hurt you. With her signature humor, heartfelt honesty and true-life stories, in Didn’t See that Coming Rachel Hollis shares how to embrace the difficult moments in life for the learning experiences they are, and that a life well-lived is one of purpose and focused on the essentials. This is a small book about big feelings, inspirational, aspirational, and an anchor that shows that darkness can co-exist with the beautiful.     

Book Review

Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis is a self-help book about grief.

Rachel explains at the beginning of the book, she wrote this book about how she overcame grief throughout her life. She tragically lost her brother as a teenager and describes how that affected her whole life. During the editing stage of the book, Hollis decided to end her marriage so was also grieving the end to that relationship and the life she’s been building.

I enjoyed Didn’t See That Coming like all of Rachel’s other books. Hollis uses real world examples from her life and personal stories others have told her to help the reader. Didn’t See That Coming has a lot of useful advice for dealing with grief, loss and uncertainty. This book was the first time I heard Rachel talk about the downside of her fame and the anxiety she experiences when strangers ask for personal advice while she is with her family. I loved the style and honesty in Didn’t See That Coming. Rachel mentions her divorce at the beginning, but the whole book wasn’t talking about her divorce. I think the book might’ve been better if it was written longer after the divorce because some parts seemed bitter. Overall I still enjoyed the book. Rachel’s brother died by suicide while she was a teenager. Hearing more about her story and how it affected her life was heartbreaking and very interesting.

I recommend Didn’t See That Coming to Rachel Hollis fans and anyone struggling with grief that is looking for advice with personal examples.

Thank you Dey Street Books, Harper Collins and Edelweiss for Didn’t See That Coming.

About the Author

Rachel Hollis laid the foundation for her lifestyle brand and media company with the same unfiltered honesty and staunch inclusivity that made her a two-time #1 New York Times bestselling author. Hollis connects with a highly engaged and growing global audience who treasure her transparency and optimism. She is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers, plays host to one of today’s top business podcasts, and is a proud working mama of four who uses her platform to empower and embolden women around the world. Rachel calls Texas home; more specifically, the Hill Country just outside of Austin.

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