I finished #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso in mid-April but wanted to space out my book reviews on this blog so am only writing about it now. As part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge, I made the promise to review every single book I read for the first two years of the challenge! This is book number 4!
If you are a Netflix subscriber then you have probably seen the Netflix Original show Girlboss. Well my friend, that show, which follows the story of Sophia Amoruso and how her online business Nasty Gal Vintage was created, is based on the book in this review!
The book provides so much more than the Netflix show. Keep reading to find out what it covers and my thoughts on its content.
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#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Published by: Penguin Random House LLC
Publication Date: 2015 (originally published in 2014)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Autobiography, Business, Feminism
Format: Trade Paperback
“The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion – it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By age twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school—a job she’d taken for the health insurance.
It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Flash forward eight years to today, and she’s the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million online fashion retailer with over 350 employees. Sophia’s never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers.
#GIRLBOSS is Sophia’s story and yet it is infinitely bigger than just Sophia. It’s deeply personal, yet universal. Filled with brazen wake-up calls (“You are not a special snowflake”), cunning and frank observations (“Failure is Your Invention”), and plenty of behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college (if you went to college)or how popular you were in high school. Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.
A #GIRLBOSS takes her life seriously without taking herself too seriously. She takes chances and takes responsibility on her own terms. . She knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them. When to button up and when to let her freak flag fly.
As Sophia writes, “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.””
Synopsis retrieved from Goodreads.com
MY THOUGHTS ON #GIRLBOSS
“A girlboss is someone who is in charge of their own life”
– Sophia Amoruso