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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (29 May 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0241181046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241181041
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693 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)

The book you need in your life ... a simultaneously funny, warm, inspiring and straight-talking guide on how to go about getting shit done. (Marie Claire)

Deeply personal and filled with brazen, hilarious moments and cunning and frank observations, don't be surprised if you laugh out loud (SheerLuxe)

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav on 8 May 2014
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina on 9 Nov. 2014
Format: Paperback
#Girlboss is amazing. As soon as it arrived in the post, I just had to start reading it. To be honest, I didn't have much of an idea of what the book was about. I knew it was supposed to be a kick-ass motivational biographical book from Nasty Gal Founder & CEO Sophia Amoruso, but I knew little more than that.

Let me just start by saying that this book couldn't have come at a better time. I'm in the process of starting a business and any inspiration, particularly from a kick-ass woman who built a multi-million pound company on her own, is more than welcome. To say she did it on her own is a slight exaggeration, but she started on her own and gradually and carefully added people to her team that she recognised had potential and a hell of a lot of motivation to grow her business. Sophia used to steal, she used to hate big corporations and she was a rebellious teenager that didn't like to follow the norm. She felt it was her 'right' to steal from big brands. She began by buying vintage clothing from thrift stores and selling them on Ebay. Before she knew it, she was making a ton of money and decided to set up a website, selling vintage and new clothing for girls like her. Today NastyGal is one of the largest online shops and one of my personal favourites.

I picked up a lot of pieces of advice from this book, one of my favourites being that customers are key. Even when Sophia had a tiny store on Ebay, she put everything she had into the presentation of her items, into the way she spoke to her customers, into the way she used social media to market her brand for free to young girls like herself. Sophia did it all on her own and she did it the exact way I would do it myself.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Crafty Mamma on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Jun. 2014
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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