BOOK REVIEW: Self Care: A Novel by Leigh Stein

Publication Date: June 30, 2020
Publisher: Penguin Books
Format: Paperback
Pages:  255 Pages
Genre:  fiction
Buy: Kindle | Paperback


The female cofounders of a wellness start-up struggle to find balance between being good people and doing good business, while trying to stay BFFs.

Maren Gelb is on a company-imposed digital detox. She tweeted something terrible about the President's daughter, and as the COO of Richual, “the most inclusive online community platform for women to cultivate the practice of self-care and change the world by changing ourselves,” it's a PR nightmare.

Not only is CEO Devin Avery counting on Maren to be fully present for their next round of funding, but indispensable employee Khadijah Walker has been keeping a secret that will reveal just how feminist Richual’s values actually are, and former Bachelorette contestant and Richual board member Evan Wiley is about to be embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal that could destroy the company forever.

Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and seen countless influencers who seem like experts at caring for themselves—from their yoga crop tops to their well-lit clean meals to their serumed skin and erudite-but-color-coded reading stack? Self Care delves into the lives and psyches of people working in the wellness industry and exposes the world behind the filter.


Sadly this book could be written about people I have met and some I know.  The self possessed influencers who make their living off the perfect instagram post, supposedly eating the "right" foods and dressing in vegan, sustainable fibers.  When does self care become more of a job than your job and does indulging in the fro yo once in a while make you a bad person? 

Enter the world of self help, self care influencers, welcome to Richual the place where women are empowered to give themselves self care.  Devin is the face of the brand and Maren the overworked idea person, Khadijah writes most of the content and all of them are facing a crisis.  I devoured this mind candy, beach read and ordered another book by Stein because her style is readable, fun, her wit sharp in a very relevant way.  I loved this book.  

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