Release Date: May 6th, 2014
At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS.I was expecting so much out of this book, but oh gosh was I not impressed. I don't doubt that it's feminist. She's very much all about girls doing what they want and not letting other people tell them what to do. She's all about girl power and giving females tips and whatnot. But the voice that she writes in! Ugh. I can't fault her for being very straightforward and blunt, but that's what didn't appeal to me. She came off as patronizing for much of the part of the book that I read. Her tone and voice were really off-putting to me, and I couldn't stand to be reading that. I didn't bother finishing the book. It definitely wasn't for me.
This aspirational book doesn’t patronize young women the way many business experts do. Amoruso shows readers how to channel their passion and hard work, while keeping their insecurities from getting in the way. She offers straight talk about making your voice heard and doing meaningful work.
She’s proof that you can be a huge success without giving up your spirit of adventure or distinctive style. As she writes, "I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”