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A New York Times Best Seller

“My life was a complete mess, and God bless all of it. Because it’s in the messes where we learn the most - as long as we slow down enough to realize what God is trying to show us.”

Suddenly in the spotlight, 24-year-old Hannah Brown realized that she wasn’t sure what she wanted. After years of competing in beauty pageants, and then starring on The Bachelorette and Dancing with the Stars, she had become incredibly visible. There she was, in her early 20s, with millions around the world examining and weighing in on her every decision. She found herself wondering what it would mean to live on her terms. What it would mean to stop seeking approval from others and decide - for the first time - what it was she wanted from her own life.

An honest and earnest examination of her own mid-20s, God Bless This Mess is a memoir that doesn’t claim to have all the answers. Hannah knows she doesn’t have all the answers. What she does have is the insight of someone who has spent critical years of her youth under public scrutiny. Thus what emerges is a quarter-life memoir that speaks to the set of difficulties young women face, and how to move through them with grace. By pushing against her engrained need to seek approval, and learning how to think critically about her own goals and desires, Hannah inspires others to do the same - and to embrace the messiness that comes hand-in-hand with self-discovery (even it that sometimes means falling flat on your face).

Using her time on The Bachelorette as a launching pad, Hannah doesn’t shy away from the most painful experiences of her life: moments when her faith was tested, when she feared it was lost, and the moments when she reclaimed it on national television. “And Jesus still loves me.” Fans will be inspired by the never-before-told stories: the ones about facing depression and anxiety during her pageant years, the ways in which therapy and journaling have proven to be a saving grace, and the previously private moments - both at home and on television - that have shaped the star’s outlook.

Honest and emotionally urgent, God Bless This Mess is a reminder that true growth doesn’t come without strife - and it’s through those dark, messy moments that self-acceptance and love can bloom.

©2021 Hannah Kelsey Brown (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Better than expected!

I was looking forward to reading this but figured it would be a strong 3 out of 5 stars. Incorrect. I listened to the whole thing in 24 hours. Great book, funny moments, juicy moments, a lot of introspection, and extremely relatable in parts. Hannah comes across as imperfect, growing, humble, and genuinely fun. It was a lot more religious than I usually appreciate, but it’s not a deal-breaking amount if that’s not your thing. Loved it!!

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Very well written!

Very well written and very well read! Helps you understand Hannah Brown more and understand why she is the way she is. This book is very inspirational and helps you realize that it’s okay to be a hot mess! Helps you realize that we all mess up and we can come back from it and learn from our mistakes and become a better version of ourselves!

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Unexpected Surprise!

Like most people reading this book, I'm a Bachelor junkie who initially purchased this for the "tea". Upon actually diving in, I was pleasantly surprised by how much advice I was able to take away from this book, and how touched I was by listening to Hannah's story. Hannah does an excellent job narrating for the audiobook. Alot of times I tend to struggle focusing when listening to audiobooks because of how monotone or grating the narrators can be, but Hannah's voice is animated and sounds pleasant throughout.

As far as books by Bachelor Nation members go, this one is an absolute must read.

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An Inspiring & Emotional Bio

Reading this felt like having a conversation with Hannah, only you can’t reach out to offer a supportive hug. It is heart breaking to learn about all of those times when I enjoyed watching on the Batchelor, Bachelorette, or DWTS that she wasn’t always the happy woman that she seemed to be. The pressure she put on herself to be everything to us, the public , and her friends & family, was more than most people could bear. I recommend this book to everyone. Hannah provides an honest account of how societal & cultural pressures have shaped her life and choices.

Yes there is also plenty of tea to enjoy too!!

Thank you Hannah!!!!
Stay strong

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a little bit hard to finish because it was so boring. she's a little bit whiney in my opinion

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Well worth the read

I’m in my 40s and if I had had this book when I was a teen or in my 20s or even 30’s it would’ve saved me so much time and heartache. Hats off to Hannah Brown for her honesty, and being vulnerable to share her life story. The good, the bad and the ugly.

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Recommend

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Hannah before reading this book, but that just goes to show you can’t believe everything you see on reality tv or read on social media.
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Open, real and inspiring

I loved this. It was open, raw and inspiring. Life is messy and I love how candid she was with all of her experience. It’s helpful to relate if you’ve been through similar things. Or to give insight on hard times if you haven’t yet to see others as more human.

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Unexpectedly rich and full of truth and character

I watch the bachelor, so why not read the book? In this case I audio’d it. I was surprised by the back story that fills in the blanks and explains behaviors and tabloid headings.
Hanna is honest, not dramatic or overly sensationalizing in her story. There is laughter and heartbreak, even tragedy that popped up out of no where.
I could relate to so much in her story. I couldn’t have imagined that could be true. She is a real girl/woman with insecurities, family issues and experiences that could be mine or anyone’s. With the thoughts and feelings that most anyone could relate to.

Well worth the read. Maybe your teens and young adults can find wisdom in Hannas story too.

Didn’t think I wanted to read this, but so glad I did.

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Wow!

Hannah I’m so thankful to you for sharing your story. Your brutal honesty is so empowering to other women. Thank you kindly from the bottom of my heart.

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Excellent, insightful, heart touching

I couldn't get enough of it. It was so relatable. what a wonderful thing of Hannah to do and share all these stories.

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  • 11-26-21

Hard to read

Im editing my review because i’ve finally finished it.

I understand that many people may want to know more about Hannah and her experiences so I can’t fault her for the fact that the vast majority of this book is a memoir. That’s tough for those who just wanted the “Bachelor Tea” and nothing else.

What made the Memoir difficult to listen to is that Hannah is presented as someone who doesn’t take accountability for her life because she doesn’t make decisions based on thinking for herself. She looks for signs from God. She looks for superstitious coincidences. So, it’s not surprising that she keeps making poor decisions. The issue is she never comes to realise that she isn’t taking accountability for life because she isn’t making thought out decisions based on what she’s learned and want she wants. She transfers accountability to her conception of God. Ultimately, this behaviour also makes her sound entitled and sheltered.

This is a tiny point but the way she talked about “Alan” annoyed me further. I don’t watch DWTS but Alan is a professional dancer whose career depends on being successful in the competition. He’s not a therapist nor does he owe anyone conversations about why they are crying and sad. He does not have time for that. He has a draining all time consuming job. He doesn’t have time to additionally be his dance partner’s therapist.

There is some tea but its pretty much already all out there so I wouldn’t recommend reading this book for that reason.