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#Girlboss Paperback – 29 May 2014

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (29 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • 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 (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,983 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)

Amoruso's voice is accessible and charmingly self-deprecating without losing the effortless cool that characterizes her clothes...Being anti-establishment is teh old cool. The new cool is playing by your own rules and still winning by their standards (New York Times Book Review)

Part memoir, part management guide and part girl-power manifesto. A sort of Lean In for misfits, it offers young women a candid guide to starting a business and going after what they want (Washington Post)

A power manifesto for strong, ambitious young women . . . Amoruso teaches the innovative and entrepreneurial among us to play to our strengths, learn from our mistakes, and know when to break a few of the traditional rules (Vanity Fair)

If you read one book with a hashtag for a title this year, make it #GIRLBOSS (TechCrunch)

It's easy to get the sense, reading Lean In, that Sandberg is writing for women who've already made it. #GIRLBOSS is for those who haven't, which means it is aimed at people who have nothing to lose, which makes it a much riskier and more enjoyable manifesto (New York Magazine)

Filled with great advice for all millennial women ready to take over the world (Cosmopolitan)

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LJBentley on 7 Oct. 2015
Format: Paperback
Sophia Amaruso is (among a plethora of other titles) the founder of Nasty Gal Vintage; a multimillion dollar company that started out as a little boutique on eBay. In #GIRLBOSS, Amoruso reveals how she managed her meteoric rise in the business world.

If you are looking for a paint-by-numbers, step-by-step guide to business success then you are looking in the wrong place. If, however, you are looking to read in inspirational story of hard work and reaping the benefits of that labour then maybe, just maybe, #GIRLBOSS is the book for you.

Following her natural instincts, Amoruso took her love of vintage fashion and took it right to the bank but she didn’t do this with a business degree or knowledge of the fashion world. No, Amoruso did it by following what she felt was right and with a (some would say) foolhardy determination. Along the way she learnt the ropes, knew what would sell, how to sell it, putting the customer first and also the power of social media Amoruso’s natural business acumen oozes off each and every page. You don’t think it is a coincidence that the title has a hash tag in it, do you?

One thing is for sure is that Sophia Amoruso is an inspiration. I hadn’t even finished it and I started believing that I could reach my goals and that I hadn’t fully realised my potential yet. Amoruso may not have set out to become the poster child for success but she has garnered that role through her perseverance and uncanny ability to understand the fashion market.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso is available now.

*Many thanks to Annie Hollands from @penguinrandomhouse for sending me a copy of #GIRLBOSS to review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helpful Advice TOP 50 REVIEWER 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 Carol-Anne Swales on 16 Aug. 2014
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Never judge a book by its cover, or indeed its reviews! I thoroughly enjoyed it, loved hearing the experiences that led to such empowerment. Thanks to a far from nasty girl, and an inspirational #girlboss. We take these risks, not to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping us... Never let your fear stand in the way of your dreams. I shall be reading with my daughters and stopping procrastination NOW!! Sophia is wise beyond her years, and has been the kick up the arse I needed, for sure! Never too old to learn... I was sorry to reach the end of the book, and really thinking about applying for a job with Nasty Gal!!
My thanks muchly x
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37 of 43 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 Sophia Maria on 27 Oct. 2015
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‘#Girlboss’ by Sophia Amoruso is a kind of memoir/how to book and, to be honest, having never previously heard of Sophia Amoruso and her company ‘Nasty Gal’ I had no idea what to expect from this book. Every page was filled with truth, wisdom, home truths and some cool humor. I have learnt so much from this book - I have so many pages dog-eared and I know that this is a page-turner that I will come back to time and time again when I need a kick up the ass. I would highly recommend this book to any girl who has a desire to follow her passion and dreams, no matter in what form that may take. I almost read the whole thing in one sitting and can’t wait to see how many #Girboss’ this book produces. Girl Power!
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