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#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

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!

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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

My Rating




“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 



#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso - Book Review



I LOVED this book! Having watched the Netflix show before reading it, I had already built expectations about what the book was about. I expected it to be a memoir following the storyline of the show but with more detail, like most book to screen adaptations. Instead, I discovered it was less of a memoir and more business advice and feminist motivation for other aspiring women.
I believe I read this book at the perfect time point in my life and this has affected my reception of its content. After finishing the book I was scanning reviews of the book on Goodreads and was surprised the find many people complained that they could not relate to Sophia. I completely related to her struggle to find happiness in a regular job and her eventual realization that she wanted to take the risk and work for herself. I could connect with her in that way.
Sophia Amoruso started a vintage clothing business on eBay called Nasty Gal, put her heart and soul into it with very little business knowledge, only intuition, and common sense. Her business just took off! The company grew at a huge rate and Sophia, who had struggled to keep a job in the past, became the CEO of her own company and the loss of hundreds of employees. She couldn’t fit in anywhere else so she made her own world and conquered. She is truly a badass woman and an inspiration to all aspiring female entrepreneurs.

“A girlboss is someone who is in charge of their own life”

Sophia Amoruso 



I gave #GIRLBOSS a 5 of 5 stars on Goodreads because I was completely inspired and motivated after reading this book. I am a feminist and feel empowered reading about the success of other women. This book was amazing and justified, to me, exactly what I am doing in my life right now.
I highly recommend picking up a copy. Let me know what you thought of the book in the comments below. If there are any similar autobiographies written by entrepreneurial women that you found inspiring and think others would like please share!

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