#GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso


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’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”

This is the first nonfiction book I’ve read this year and the first that I have reviewed. So I’m going to keep it simple and just tell you what I liked and what I didn’t like and then do a summary at the end.

I decided to read this because I binge watched all of GirlBoss on Netflix a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to see if the book was anything like it.


The good:

  • I liked Sophia’s insight to what it takes to run a business.
  • The “Portrait of a #GIRLBOSS segments that were scattered at the end of some to the chapters.
  • Sophia’s attitude to being a #GirlBoss
  • There’s a chapter that looks at introverts that I thought was fascinating

The bad:

  • Her attitude to feminism was a little strange
  • Some of her choices have been pretty poor
  • I don’t feel that if really offered that much advice about starting a company, it was more about what to do once you have one.

To summarize; this was an ok read it was entertaining enough and I did enjoy most of it.

My rating 3/5 🌟🌟🌟


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