I’ve been dying to read this book for months. while browsing the bookstore shelves, I was automatically drawn in by the title and the cool girl on the cover. I have a whole pile of books that I’m supposed to be reading; however, I couldn’t resist. Here’s my review of #Girlboss
I would describe #Girlboss as a sort of autobiography/instruction manual/women empowerment script. The author, Sophia Amoruso, is the founder and CEO of the wildly successful company, Nasty gal. Nasty Gal started out as an ebay store that Amoruso created out of boredom when she was working as gate attendant at an art school in San Francisco. It’s really amazing how she describes the gradual, yet incredibly fast rate at which her company grew. She had the drive and determination to develop her brand exactly how she wanted it. The main theme that seems to find it’s way throughout the book is that you need hard work and determination to be successful and it’s up to you to make it work. No one is going to do it for you.
I have to say that what I particularly liked about the book is the Amoruso’s voice. She writes in a way that makes you feel like you’re sitting in a cool little café with her in San Francisco listening to her chat about her life story and giving you advice about starting and succeeding in business. I appreciate how Amoruso is so candid about her difficult childhood. She describes how she felt like an outcast, not quite able to figure out where she fit. She got in trouble a lot, mainly for shoplifting. It’s inspiring to read about how she turned things around for herself on her terms with very little to support herself, yet she had determination and a work ethic that would put any CEO to shame. She describes it all in much less cheesy terms, of course.
There were times I was reading and wished she was talking more about her life than giving a pep talk about making your business work, but it was minimal. So, overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in women and business, fashion, or anyone who enjoys stories of overcoming the odds, not only to bounce back stronger, but kick some serious ass!
Thanks for reading!