Saturday, 28 February 2015

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Author: Sophia Amoruso
Published by: Penguin
Publication date: 29th May 2014
Pages: 256
Genres: Non-fiction/Memoir
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought.

'A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.'

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 twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she'd taken for the health insurance.

It was there that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million+ online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees. Sophia's never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is winding as all hell and lined with naysayers.

#GIRLBOSS includes Sophia's story, yet is infinitely bigger than 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 behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal's meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that being successful isn't about how popular you were in high school or where you went to college (if you went to college). Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.

Let's get straight to it. I want you to read this. I want everyone to read this. Whether you're an actual girl is irrelevant, despite the title; regardless of your gender identity, you'll still be able to enjoy this book and adapt it to suit you. It's empowering, inspiring, and you don't even have to be interested in fashion to like it.

#GIRLBOSS is about business. It's about going from nothing to something. It's about getting off your butt and proving all those people who said you wouldn't succeed wrong. I was motivated from the beginning and, I swear, Sophia Amoruso might be a badass millionaire businesswoman, but we are the same person. I was constantly thinking to myself, "everyone thinks I'm weird for believing some of the things I do, but here's a mega successful person thinking along exactly the same lines."

I was going to highlight bits I related to, but that would have ended up in all of the pages becoming luminous yellow, so it's probably better that I didn't.

Not only does #GIRLBOSS take us on Amoruso's journey from dropping out of school and eating from dumpsters (that's like a skip, right?) to being a CEO with more than 350 employees, it also features other businesswomen who have worked their way up the ladder over the years. This thing is like a badass, feminist treasure trove of epic proportions, and I am so glad that this was my first read of 2015.

When I first started blogging, every book I reviewed was my "NEW FAVOURITE BOOK OMG!!!!111!!!' I haven't said that in, what, two years? You know a book is fudging phenomenal when you're only halfway through and you begin to think... this is my new favourite book. It's managed to surpass every book I have ever read. This is the one. It's right up there at the top of the list. Screw 'The Girls' Book: How To Be The Best At Everything' (I mean, really?), this is the book you should be handing down to the younger generation.

Saying that, this book has lots of swearing. On one hand, you know a person and their book must be pretty awesome when that gets past the editors. On the other hand, that might bother you, so I thought I'd throw that in there.

#GIRLBOSS will change your life. Read it.


  1. I have been wanting to read this one! Looks so good! <3 Bee

  2. I'm not sure about GirlBoss... I feel like it's become a cult book, but I just don't feel like it's for me! I've heard a lot of people say that it's too focused on Sophia's journey, rather than giving advice to others who have similar aspirations. I think I'll sit this craze out!
    Beth x

    1. It's definitely not an advice book for people with similar aspirations, but that doesn't mean you can't get anything from it! It's more "here's my story, take from it what you will" and it's hugely inspiring. Sorry you don't like the look of it, but thanks for reading my review! :)

  3. I WANT AT THIS BOOK. But ugh, swearing. Siggghhh. I'll deal.

    1. If you can deal with talking to me regularly, you can deal with reading this book, if you know what I mean. Just don't let your parents see it ;)

  4. I'll definitely check this out, since I've been hearing so much about it!

  5. My!~ Just reading your review made me inspired. The feeling is contagious. I have to look for this book on my local bookstores, I hope they have it. I want to experience what you feel reading it!~

    Oh and by the way, Amber, I nominated you for Liebster Blog Award. I assume you are already familiar with it. But I still want you to answer my 11 questions. :) Hope you don't mind. You'll find them here:

    Looking forward in seeing your post! :D

  6. I'm surprised I haven't seen this book yet. It seems like the feminist, against all books I would read. Why do you find all the best books first?

    Amelia @ YA Bookologists (