Review: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso


By Sophia Amoruso

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.

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.

This is a self-help book slash memoir slash feminism-induced autobiography about Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso,. Perusing this book, I had learned a thing or two about entrepreneurship, learned some tips and bits about women empowerment, but still craved for empathy and humility from the girlboss herself. I don’t know..

Maybe it’s just me, Maybe I was just expecting too much from the Cinderella of Online Tech by being more considerate about other people’s feelings, the kind of people who had unknowingly helped through her way to success. Like those people in the background that she had disregarded, making everything about her self and her “abilities”. Sophia was so self-righteous and overconfident, two factors that somehow left me wondering how those who helped her felt being left out. Not that she ever thanked them anyway.

I apologize this review had gone down to the more negative side. I admit there were a lot of things we could learn from the book, men and women alike. I wasn’t just into those self-gratifying moments she had mentioned and humblebragged about. Nasty Gal indeed was a multi-million overnight success and Amoruso’s hard work paid off, I salute her for that. I hoped young people could learn a thing or two about her climb to the top. But I also hope they would do better by acknowledging those pertinent to that journey to success.




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