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Sophia Amoruso
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29 May 2014

'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 plus 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.

Sophia Amoruso turned her hobby selling vintage clothing on eBay into Nasty Gal, one of the fastest growing companies in America. Her rise has been covered by major media like The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., and The Wall Street Journal, and she has a devoted following on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (29 May 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0241181046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241181041
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Cinderella of tech (New York Times)

[Sophia Amoruso] remains true to her vision to inspire and be inspired by cool girls. ("Ones to Watch: 11 Women Who Just Might Change the World" Elle)

Fashion's new phenom (Forbes)

Starkly brilliant (Huffington Post)

A millennial alternative to Lean In (The Cut New York Magazine)

A compellingly motivational read (The Telegraph)

About the Author

Sophia Amoruso turned her hobby selling vintage clothing on eBay into Nasty Gal, one of the fastest growing companies in America. Her rise has been covered by major media like The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., and The Wall Street Journal, and she has a devoted following on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars bit disappointed 26 May 2014
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As a female entrepreneur I'm always on the lookout for inspiring new business books, so was excited about this one. Being uk-bases, I wasn't that aware of Nasty gal as a brand! but hoped to learn lots about her e commerce journey. Sadly I found the book full of generalisms: ' be yourself' ' be awesome' etc. And loads of general ' brand ethos' chat about nasty gal. But sadly it was very light on actual business details, facts or information on how to build a business....or how she managed and navigated the actual growth of hers. We hear about moving warehouses and offices regularly to keep up with growth....but learn noting about managing a distribution chain or the logistics of running a big e commerce company. It feels aimed at 2@-something's looking for general life wisdom...,but if you want any concrete business tips, this ain't for you. Shame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
‘#GIRLBOSS’ is story about the girl who decided when she was seventeen years old, that she didn’t need any more of formal education, devoting her life to leisure, fun and physically demanding activities, such as hitchhiking or diving. Her name is Sophia Amoruso and though there are no many examples like hers, today she weighs more than hundred million dollars as a woman behind Nasty Gal, e-tailer that attracts attention all the time with their provocative fashion designs.

With her book Amoruso manages to tell a story of her life so far, describing equally some bad phases up to the present day when she is CEO of the company she founded. In some occasions the reader may feel there is maybe too much personal info found on the pages of her book though obviously she decided to show that each of those things in one way or the other contributed to success she achieved.

Sophia is far from being a good girl, though as someone wrote there are people that can make running a company look unbelievable easy, which is especially interesting in her case because she was able to succeed in a type of business that is mainly run by men. She did and still does the things her way and due to that it was no surprise her book attracted so more attention even before it was released.

Amoruso wrote her book not to patronize people, especially young ones which is a case often encountered in books of such type; instead she tried do give some advices based on her own experience how to become successful in something you are investing lot of passion, love and hard work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky & Motivational 16 Jun 2014
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Loved it.

Inspirational read. Great to see how somebody who throught they had no real career ambition can take the ebay/vinatage world by storm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant & Inspiring 12 Jun 2014
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Having read a lot of this style of book, its hard to find one that actually teaches anything new.
Sophia's book has a lot to give and is very motivational.
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By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Some readers could be deterred by a writing style that may seem to resemble narcissism on steroids. Other readers who are not put off by the constant self-references (there are almost 50 in her brief Chronology) and melodramatic assertions (e.g. "The only thing I smoke is the competition") will find remarkable wisdom as well as candor in Sophia Amoruso's lively discussion of the various stages of her personal growth and professional development...thus far.

She certainly learned her lessons the hard way. Her epiphany or turning point occurred in Seattle when she was arrested for shoplifting: "Getting caught stealing was the straw that broke the getaway camel's back...I eventually came to terms with the fact that living free doesn't always mean living well, and there are certain truths I had to reckon with. I was starting to realize that Liked and wanted nice things, and if stealing wasn't going to enable me to get them, I was going to have to try something almost too conventional for me -- getting another job." That was in 2005. Today, she is the 30-year-old CEO of a $100-million-plus business, Nasty Gal, that has a fifty-thousand-square-foot office in Los Angeles, a distribution and fulfillment center in Kentucky, and three hundred and fifty employees.

These are among the subjects of greatest interest to me:

o The nature and extent of influence that her childhood had on her adolescence
o The impact of her parents' divorce (2001)
o The life lessons learned while living in Seattle
o Why and how Amoruso launched Nasty Girl Vintage (2006)
o The most valuable business lessons learned since then
o The extent to which her life prior to 2006 helps to explain the company's success
o The most valuable lessons that females (i.e.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hello Ego! 1 Aug 2014
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I was under the impression that this is a business leadership book. It is not. It is a book with very simple language and the occasional swear word that is aimed at 15 year olds choosing their A-Levels.
With this book is have been able to form an opinion on both Nasty Gal and the book.
Quite frankly Nasty Gal as a brand struck lucky at a time when Ebay shops were booming and the success to the company was purely customer service skills and creativity.

With regards to Sophia, as a person she is rude, abnoxious, and thinks she owns the world. It is a case of a sad 'my parents ignored me' childhood- Which personally I think is irrelevant to the business.

The book is an ego deomnstration of arrogance.

Summer, 20, Student.
Recommend: Biz Stone's biography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely loved this book! Felt empowered & ready to take on the world. A great & inspiring read
Published 18 minutes ago by Mrs K Celeste
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Perfect
Published 5 hours ago by Ross Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 3 days ago by RedEGazelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
A very down to earth but truly inspiring story which I loved from start to finish and would highly recommend for anyone wanting to start or already in business.
Published 5 days ago by helen phifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent! A really enjoyable read. Highly recommended
Published 5 days ago by J Skates
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, funny & motivating!
Loved this book, didn't know anything about Nasty Gal but found it very motivational & inspiring & a kick up the ass that we all need sometimes! Well worth reading.
Published 5 days ago by Holly Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book!
Published 7 days ago by Jessica Schannong
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Inspirational
Published 11 days ago by samantha
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring (but you'll never be as successful as Sophia)
Great, inspirational book on the whole but it did make me feel a bit of an underachiever! The advice and story and really positive and it was really interesting to read the... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Goo2088
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for new graduate, very inspiring!
Gift for niece who has just graduated in Fashion Media and Promotion.She studied Sophia Amoruso's company Nasty Gal for part of her degree. Read more
Published 20 days ago by J.fowler
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