#GIRLBOSS

#GIRLBOSS

In the New York Times bestseller that the Washington Post called “Lean In for misfits,” Sophia Amoruso shares how she went from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two she had dropped out of school, and was br...

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#GIRLBOSS Reviews

  • Renee

    Having been Nasty Gal's first intern during the early days in Berkeley when it was just Sophia and Christina (the first full-time employee who is now Buying Director), my rating may be a little biased so feel free to take everything from this point forward with a grain of salt.

    I won't bother with a short summary as this book has gotten enough press and reviews from readers alike that that just seems redundant. What I will say is that having worked with Sophia firsthand and having accompanied her

    Having been Nasty Gal's first intern during the early days in Berkeley when it was just Sophia and Christina (the first full-time employee who is now Buying Director), my rating may be a little biased so feel free to take everything from this point forward with a grain of salt.

    I won't bother with a short summary as this book has gotten enough press and reviews from readers alike that that just seems redundant. What I will say is that having worked with Sophia firsthand and having accompanied her on what was Nasty Gal's second buying trip ever, her work ethic is a cut above the rest; she eats, sleeps and breathes Nasty Gal (always has and probably always will). There are parts in the book where she may come across a bit lofty, but she's just telling it like it is and not making any excuses. She briefly touches on the subject of extroverts and introverts, mentioning "psychologists now believe that social media is a really valuable tool for introverts, because it allows them to communicate and even network on their own terms." Being an introvert herself, #Girlboss is the creative outlet through which Sophia speaks, on her own terms.

    What makes Sophia such an icon to girls around the world (partly) is her relatability. Her story is one with a "Cinderella-esque" theme in a male-run tech start-up world, and it's easy to think / feel like something similar could happen to any of us so long as you just follow Sophia's magic formula. But she

    one in 400 trillion (if you read the book, you'll get what I mean). And what she doesn't reveal directly in #Girlboss - though hints of it are given along the way - is that she is a voracious learner, an avid reader and a (hyper)critical thinker with killer business gumption. Not all of us innately are or possess these qualities, though this is something that is absolutely within our power to change, adopt and/or improve upon. In my opinion, these are just some of the most common characteristics I've seen across-the-board of successful entrepreneurs, and just above-average humans in general.

    All in all, the book is a quick and entertaining read with snippets of slightly outrageous (and hilarious) stories from Sophia's past, wisdoms imparted by many other #Girlbosses (including fashion designer Norma Kamali, Christene Barberich, editor of Refinery 29 and Leandra Medine of Manrepeller.com), and learnings from Sophia's arsenal of books (including of course, the Harvard Business Review).

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader

    is Sophia Amoruso's story about her wild childhood, unlikely and extraordinarily successful business venture and her treatise on how to be yourself and bring what is unique to you to your professional life.

    I googled Sophia after I finished this book and was dismayed to discover she has declared bankruptcy.

    It seems she still has a successful motivational speaker program going on, but, for whatever reason, her business hasn't worked out.

    I suspect, she will land on her feet and start agai

    is Sophia Amoruso's story about her wild childhood, unlikely and extraordinarily successful business venture and her treatise on how to be yourself and bring what is unique to you to your professional life.

    I googled Sophia after I finished this book and was dismayed to discover she has declared bankruptcy.

    It seems she still has a successful motivational speaker program going on, but, for whatever reason, her business hasn't worked out.

    I suspect, she will land on her feet and start again. That is a large part of the philosophy contained in

    .

    pg 23, ebook.

    Sophia believes in being yourself. Let your freak flag fly. Embrace your weirdness- because that is what ultimately makes you great.

    pg 29, ebook.

    Between Sophia's business tips and memoir, she includes quotations. Such as:

    pg 56

    In her case, that was absolutely true. Sophia wanted a job where she didn't have to work and could get paid for doing, essentially, nothing.

    She found that job and surfed the internet most of the time. In doing so, she studied online communities like MySpace and eBay and concluded that she could network and sell items with the best of them.

    And she did.

    Sophia is a believer in creating your own reality:

    ebook, pg 109.

    Sophia, like Obi Wan Kenobi, does not believe in luck. She believes in hard work, action and selective focus.

    ebook, pg 115.

    Come bankruptcies and whatever else, I believe Sophia Amoruso will be just fine. Don't you? :)

  • Kimiko

    I had such high hopes for this book, but it turns out that now I’ll be writing one of my only truly negative reviews on Goodreads…

    Sophia Amoruso has surely accomplished a lot with Nasty Gal, and I respect her work ethic and ability to achieve success with rough beginnings and little formal education. However, I expected this book to relate more to those in her generation – instead, she turns out to be yet another naysayer of the Millennial generation, writing them off as lazy and spoiled. For so

    I had such high hopes for this book, but it turns out that now I’ll be writing one of my only truly negative reviews on Goodreads…

    Sophia Amoruso has surely accomplished a lot with Nasty Gal, and I respect her work ethic and ability to achieve success with rough beginnings and little formal education. However, I expected this book to relate more to those in her generation – instead, she turns out to be yet another naysayer of the Millennial generation, writing them off as lazy and spoiled. For someone in her early thirties with a lot of life left to live, she often puts herself up on a pedestal and talks down to readers, taking herself more seriously than necessary. Also, she seems frustratingly lacking in self-awareness and empathy – she often writes as though everything she has earned is wholly “deserved” and that the universe provided what she was “owed”, without honestly acknowledging that many out there who have likely worked harder and longer than her haven’t gotten nearly as much success. For example, at one point she writes about how bringing children to a job interview is an immediate turn-off for her; does she not realize how many single parents in poverty cannot afford childcare? How else are they supposed to make money to provide for their family? This is only one instance out of many where she lacks the ability to relate to those less fortunate than herself. In fact, she spends a whole chapter refuting the idea of luck, and claiming that her “positive thinking” brought opportunities to her… nice thought, but it comes across as entitled and naïve.

    While there are moments of amusing anecdotes and inspiring stories, in general it seems that Amoruso has little more than tired old clichés to offer in terms of business advice.

  • Ami

    It's overwhelmingly clear from the book that Sophia Amoruso is a hard worker. She's dedicated to her business, she's extremely talented at what she does, and I suspect she'd be pretty fun to attend a party with even thought she would probably make you wear silver leather pants.

    That being said, this book just didn't do it for me. Amoruso neglects the more fascinating elements of her story, like the fact that she went from being the "youngest person at a San Francisco Marxist book club" and eatin

    It's overwhelmingly clear from the book that Sophia Amoruso is a hard worker. She's dedicated to her business, she's extremely talented at what she does, and I suspect she'd be pretty fun to attend a party with even thought she would probably make you wear silver leather pants.

    That being said, this book just didn't do it for me. Amoruso neglects the more fascinating elements of her story, like the fact that she went from being the "youngest person at a San Francisco Marxist book club" and eating dumpster bagels to being a CEO with a brand-new Porsche. I don't mean to slam her for changing her mind on capitalism, but it would have been very interesting and pretty informative to see exactly how that transition happened and whether she thinks that is appropriate for everyone. Instead we get vague pieces of advice like, don't bad talk your boss on social media after you're fired. There's a chapter that outlines the importance of using sigil magic to ensure your progress through ranks that felt totally off the wall.

    The off-the-wall-ness does work for her sometimes, especially within the context of a business book. Sheryl Sandberg certainly isn't telling you about the Halloween she dressed as a 70s Blaxploitation character and tried to beat up her boyfriend's ex. Those stories, and how they helped her become a better person, are silly and illuminating. I just wish there were more of them.

  • Jessica

    I so wanted this to be good, but after reading the introduction, I knew that I was probably not going to enjoy it. After she addressed the issue of whether or not her book was a feminist manifesto by saying that she believes in "showing up and owning it" not "whining" for equality, I was pretty much soured on everything else she had to say.

    But I persevered. And while there were some good parts of the book - she does have some interesting things to say about venture capitalism and hiring and fir

    I so wanted this to be good, but after reading the introduction, I knew that I was probably not going to enjoy it. After she addressed the issue of whether or not her book was a feminist manifesto by saying that she believes in "showing up and owning it" not "whining" for equality, I was pretty much soured on everything else she had to say.

    But I persevered. And while there were some good parts of the book - she does have some interesting things to say about venture capitalism and hiring and firing - there were so many other things that made me want to throw the book against the wall in abject frustration. For a book that purports to be about women who don't take themselves too seriously, I don't think I have ever read a book by a person who took themselves MORE seriously.

    The most frustrating part for me was when she said that she didn't believe in luck. Like this multimillion dollar company that she built up from nothing, which experienced unprecedented levels of growth such that industry professionals were all agog, exists simply because Sophia Amoruso was the first person in the world to discover working hard, and there were no outside forces outside of her control that influenced the situation and helped her to get there. And then, after those few paragraphs, she goes on to talk about chaos magic and positive thinking (not like The Secret but basically if you think positively, things will happen for you) and says, "If you let yourself meander a bit, the right things and the right people will fall into place." Which sounds a hell of a lot like luck to me.

    Contradictory, self-indulgent, tone deaf and frustrating. Pretty disappointing.

  • Nat

    In

    , Sophia Amoruso recounts her life from stumbling upon her passion of selling vintage clothes online and becoming an unlikely businesswoman to building her retail fashion empire. Along the way, she realizes the value and the difficulty of being the #GIRLBOSS of her own life.

    This book started out interesting enough, but it gradually lost its steam in the second half wh

    In

    , Sophia Amoruso recounts her life from stumbling upon her passion of selling vintage clothes online and becoming an unlikely businesswoman to building her retail fashion empire. Along the way, she realizes the value and the difficulty of being the #GIRLBOSS of her own life.

    This book started out interesting enough, but it gradually lost its steam in the second half when Amoruso began sounding like a broken record. Also, the author's bragging and over-the-top tone was a little off-putting at times, so I ended up skimming the last 50-100 pages.

    I did, however, really look forward to the illustrations featured throughout:

    And I would like to pay homage to that first half by quoting some of my favorite phrases:

    I also loved the chapter about her school experience:

    I didn't know I needed this, but I did.

    Overall,

    had a nice starting point, but ended up lacking that special something that I love in memoirs such as

    or

    .

    ,

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  • Jenny

    I had never even heard of Nasty Gal when I picked this e-book from the library. But the title seemed fun and I always enjoy reading business books - especially ones that tackle the unique issues that face women.

    But this? This is not that book.

    I'll say this - Sophia has done a great job of getting where she is now. She's obviously creative and obviously hard working. But I don't know who this book is written for. It is mainly biographical which is fine - but then has these #girlboss lessons that

    I had never even heard of Nasty Gal when I picked this e-book from the library. But the title seemed fun and I always enjoy reading business books - especially ones that tackle the unique issues that face women.

    But this? This is not that book.

    I'll say this - Sophia has done a great job of getting where she is now. She's obviously creative and obviously hard working. But I don't know who this book is written for. It is mainly biographical which is fine - but then has these #girlboss lessons that made me cringe. One page will assume you've never put together a decent resume and then a few pages later it's giving you advice about how you can't be friends with your direct reports. It seems to assume that I have no business experience and am in charge of people - mainly because that's what Sophia dealt with - absolutely no business experience or formalized business education and was in charge of her own business. Which is awesome for her but rare that others will go on that sort of #girlboss trajectory.

    Also, it's extremely difficult to read the book and she's mentioning that in meetings she gets annoyed when people don't talk to her directly because they assume she doesn't know what she's talking about but then says she often makes people repeat themselves a number of times until she understands the business concepts because she has no training but she's the CEO so she has to understand. I know she got where she is by not going to business school but maybe she could look into a little bit of formal training? It's not an employees job to give you a crash course in topics they learned in their MBA.

    I think I would have enjoyed this more if it was just a straight biography and gave up the pretense of telling people how to be #girlbosses.

    I also googled Nasty Gal after reading the book and came upon a Glass Door page where the company is rated VERY low in employee satisfaction and a trustpilot page where it also is rated very low in shopper satisfaction. It made it seem as if the author lacks awareness about her company.

    This is not Lean In for a younger generation.

  • Kelsey Searles

    From the first page I knew I wasn't going to like this book. ("don't let the man get you! #girlboss!"... gag...)

    Beyond it being poorly written (sounds like a teenager's rambling life story), it doesn't have any true focus or offer any innovative or interesting advice. Most of the advice (work hard, don't have typos in your resume, attention to detail) are well known, common, and repeated in countless books, television shows, etc... (and honestly something you'd learn in high school or college,

    From the first page I knew I wasn't going to like this book. ("don't let the man get you! #girlboss!"... gag...)

    Beyond it being poorly written (sounds like a teenager's rambling life story), it doesn't have any true focus or offer any innovative or interesting advice. Most of the advice (work hard, don't have typos in your resume, attention to detail) are well known, common, and repeated in countless books, television shows, etc... (and honestly something you'd learn in high school or college, had she completed those efforts...)

    She also comes off as an un-relateable and unbelievable character. She worked hard in all her jobs? And yet most lasted no longer than 2-weeks?

    She does an incredible amount of bragging about her successes and everyone loving her, and rambles her way through her story at a very high level. I found myself constantly irritated with her. Good for you for starting a successful company, that's awesome. Your story just isn't interesting or well written enough to tell.

    Nice thing: its short and has pictures. So I finished it in a day and moved onto something far better.

  • Sophie

    I put off reading this book for a long time because

    is the most vomit-inducing book title I can think of and now I have read it I wish I hadn't bothered.

    is peculiar mix; it's a book that doesn't know whether it wants to be a memoir or if it wants to give business advice. Most of Sophia Amoruso's memories are irrelevant and self-absorbed, with humble brags littering the pages. Sophia constantly reminds readers of the "

    " and how her "

    I put off reading this book for a long time because

    is the most vomit-inducing book title I can think of and now I have read it I wish I hadn't bothered.

    is peculiar mix; it's a book that doesn't know whether it wants to be a memoir or if it wants to give business advice. Most of Sophia Amoruso's memories are irrelevant and self-absorbed, with humble brags littering the pages. Sophia constantly reminds readers of the "

    " and how her "

    " not to mention all that money she is making and how she gets "

    ," and then she reels off a list of achievements just in case we didn't already realise how successful she is. I don't doubt Sophia probably has some wise words to share about running a business, it's the way she goes about sharing it that I have a problem with. You would do well to heed your own advice, Sophia: "

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