Published: May 6th, 2014
Page Count: 256 pages
Synopsis: The founder of Nasty Gal offers a sassy and irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women
At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS.
This aspirational book doesn’t patronize young women the way many business experts do. Amoruso shows readers how to channel their passion and hard work, while keeping their insecurities from getting in the way. She offers straight talk about making your voice heard and doing meaningful work.
She’s proof that you can be a huge success without giving up your spirit of adventure or distinctive style. As she writes, “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’ Directort let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”
Review: First and foremost, I really need to get this out of the way, I absolutely hate it when people use hashtags in their titles (regardless of whether it’s a book title or a film title — whatever title it is, please just don’t use the fucking hashtag, okay?). If that weren’t bad enough, Amoruso kept using the word ‘#GIRLBOSS’ throughout her book. Constantly. Hashtag + All caps = super irritating. Because of that, it was actually hard to take the book seriously at times.
Another gripe I had with this book, is that I wasn’t sure whether it was supposed to be business advice or a memoir/ autobiography of sorts. It’s like Sophia Amoruso couldn’t make up her mind on what kind of book she wanted to write, so she kind of did both, which caused it to turn out a bit messy, in my opinion.
However, it’s not all bad news! Regardless of the faults in this book, I did still enjoy the actual reading experience! I admire what Sophia Amoruso had accomplished, she built a business off of literally nothing. That’s amazing! She didn’t even have a high school degree, and yet she was still able to build a brand like Nasty Gal.
It was incredibly interesting to see how she built her business. It was cool to kind of get that behind-the-scenes view of the humble beginnings of Nasty Gal — it started off as a eBay store selling reworked vintage clothing — and how, in seven years (or maybe it was eight, I can’t recall now), it’s become such a booming retailing store for Women’s fashion. And I definitely admire her for that (even though Nasty Gal did file for bankruptcy in 2016 and Amoruso has since stepped down as CEO).
3 out of 5
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