Author: Sophia Amoruso
Genre: Nonfiction Memoir
Published: May 6, 2014
In the New York Times bestseller that the Washington Post called “Lean In for misfits,” Sophia Amoruso shares how she went from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two she had dropped out of school, and was broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school—a job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Flash forward to today, and she’s the founder of Nasty Gal and the founder and CEO of Girlboss. Sophia was never a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers. #GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; when to button up and when to let your freak flag fly.
Gain the confidence to become your own #girlboss.
I had been wanting to read this book for a very long time because I am a girlboss myself. Memoirs are a weakness of mine. Also, I fell in love with the tv show on Netflix about the author's life. Which I am very bummed out it's canceled. However, the book did not live up to the hype or even the show. Honestly, the advice was pretty generic and nothing special. The author was kind of bragging about how awesome her life is. This is so sad considering how much I could not wait to read this book.
There were many times when I felt like the author thought she was better than people. She bragged about her life constantly. The author even seemed stuck up in her writing. She has no empathy for the lower class or poverty-stricken people. Bringing kids to an interview or into the workplace is looked down upon. Which is totally unrealistic and cruel. If you ask me, it sounds like way too many rules to be working in her so-called "great" company.
The entitlement throughout the whole novel was almost sickening to the point where I almost did not finish the novel. She believes if you think positively amazing things will happen to you that there is no such thing as luck! Bull crap, there is such a thing as pure luck and any business person will tell you that. In most cases, you have to be in the right place at the right time or the first person to think of an idea. I do agree you have to fight for what you have.
Some of the advice I did enjoy and agreed with. For example, finding something you enjoy doing and you are bound to flourish in life. So, that's why it got one star from me. This book did not know if it wanted to be a memoir or a self-help/business book. Thank god this was a short book and that I am done reading it.
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.