Sunday, October 26, 2014

Review: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Vonze: 4 out of 5

Book Description: From Goodreads: "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.

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."

I received a free audiobook of this title from Ford Audiobook Club.

As student who’s always had a high interest in e-commerce, #GirlBoss was thought provoking. Sophia Amoruso went from modern day rags to riches via her clothing e-tailer Nasty Gal. Seemingly, the odds were not in future-GirlBoss-Sophia’s favor. She struggled with ADHD, depression, being an introvert (surprisingly cause I wouldn’t have guessed), and having no continuing education. However, despite her struggles, she turned a hobby means-to-an-end into a passion into a business success story.

That’s not to say that she didn’t sow some illegal wild oats (shoplifting merch to sell), drama, and mistakes along the way. At times she comes off as cutthroat. However, although she advises readers to “never grow up” it seems she grew up, changed for the better, and learned from her missteps.

The book is part autobiography, part instruction on how to be a #GirlBoss. In my opinion, some of the how-to should be taken with a grain of salt since Sophia is an unconventional, non-typical success, similar to the lucky few that make it as rockstars. The section on job interviews seemed particularly confusing, with do’s and don’ts that felt conflicting.

But, overall the book is motivational and empowering for women. I respect Sophia’s unfiltered honesty. Self-learning from mistakes, flexibility, and hard work have certainly paid off for her.

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