- 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 (171 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,974 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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Top Customer Reviews
Although #GIRLBOSS isn’t a biography, we get to know Sophia throughout the book and hear how she became the badass lady that she is today. Her hilarious writing and her encouraging enthusiasm for the business she runs make this book delightful and inspiring to read.
Sophia Amoruso is the founder of Nasty Gal, a hugely successful online clothing store that originally started out on eBay. From humble beginnings, Sophia worked tirelessly on her business, adding a personal touch to everything she did, from photographing the clothes models to arranging the most eye-catching thumbnails, to even making sure the labels were placed neatly on the packaging when she sent the item to its new owner.
Through her endless passion for the work she did and the effort she put into focusing on her customers, making sure she paid close attention to every bit of feedback she received, Sophia transformed Nasty Gal into the success story that it is today.
This book is all about empowerment, encouraging women to go out and kick ass at everything they do. It’s also got fantastic attitude injected into the writing that makes every chapter sharp and witty. What really works about this book is how wonderfully honest Sophia is about herself and about business. Her life and her journey to where she is now makes for some interesting and entertaining reading. She is able to admit where she has gone wrong in the past, and how some of her mistakes have helped her to get where she is now.Read more ›
She's razor sharp. Everything she says about business is astute, to the point and I wouldn't argue with any of it. I think for those who haven't embarked on a journey of this sort, it'd be a very educational read.
My frustrations with the book are twofold:
It's so dumbed down it's painful. Sophia is ominously incredibly bright, yet the book is aimed at the sort of people who regularly say "hell yeah" and give high fives.
I'd devour a book which have a more factual and detailed account of her ascension. I can't help thinking that the intended consumer of this book - in terms of the way it's written - is never going to have the prerequisites to start any sort of venture.
My other qualm is that the picture painted of a homeless, dumpster diving, shoplifting character to glamorous CEO in a handful of years doesn't add up entirely. For me anyway. It irked me whilst reading it - it'd be a hugely impressive picture without this anyway. But when I read Sophia was gifted a Hasselblad camera in the middle of her 'lost' period, when she was living in square and stealing to eat, it didn't quite make sense.
Overall it looks like a marketing excercise for her company, which is understandable. But there are sincere and heartfelt parts throughout, I just wish she spoke in more detail and dropped the dumbing down.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didnt love this book as much as I thought I would... The #girlboss thing was a bit cringey, but the story of Sophie's business is incredible.Published 2 days ago by Rebecca
This book teaches nothing. It's all about her own self obssession with herself. Narcissm at its best. No thanks as there is already enough of that in the worldPublished 3 days ago by Patrick Rafferty
Loved the quotes and chapter headings . Kept book marking certain pages . Would like to know more about building a brand and setting up a website . Read morePublished 4 days ago by Charlotte Vittles
Great book. Would make a fab present for a young woman. Very inspiringPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good delivery time. New and well packaged as described. ThanksPublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Her story is fascinating! Great and easy read for any girls entering the workforce (and those already in it that need that extra motivation).Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is like it speaks to me and that's why I love it. The story of Sophia Amorouso is amazing and it can motivate women who want to be independent and self createdPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer