#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso is a book which has been getting a lot of attention lately. It’s been all over instagram, and was recently adapted into a Netflix show. Despite not knowing anything about Sophia Amoruso or her company Nasty Gal, I thought I’d give it a read.
It’s an informal read. Many people criticize it for being too informal and sounding like a blog rather than a serious business book, but I appreciate the tone. It’s an interesting combination of self-help, memoir and business advice – which reminded me a little of the way On Writing by Stephen King was presented. In contrast Deep Work by Cal Newport, it takes common sense and presents it as common sense in a way that’s highly memorable.
I really enjoyed looking at the illustrations at the end of each chapter, which were gorgeous representations of the take-away point. There were also “Portraits of a #GIRLBOSS” at the end of some chapters, which gave a peek into the lives and careers of other successful women.
Sophia does talk about her achievements a lot. This may come across as bragging, but as someone who knew absolutely nothing about her before, it did provide some background information. There were also some snippets of fashion advice in between anecdotes.
Being a #GIRLBOSS
I found the advice portions of the book to be quite inspiring. In the past few months, I’ve found myself complaining a lot about how difficult life is and stressed by it. This book gave me a swift reminder that the only way to change that mindset is to work hard. I loved how it emphasized that there are multiple paths to success. I adored how it showed multiple ways that someone creative-minded can succeed in different fields. It was one of the first books I read where adapting to a professional environment didn’t come at a cost to creativity and being yourself.
Sophia’s story showed how starting off small is sometimes all you need. I liked that she didn’t have some grand plan – she just did what she needed to do. When you listen to YouTubers and bloggers, and other people who built their success online, this is something you’ll find they have in common. Starting off small, working with what you have, and putting in a lot of attention-to-detail. I’m guilty of planning more than doing, so it’s something I’ll remember.
The book was extremely honest about online business. It was realistic about social media and it’s role in online success. Social media is so often underrated by traditional business, who then wonder why young people aren’t buying their products. This is a good book to read if you want to know how online business actually works.
I was let down in some places.The book did have a touch of “these lazy millenials” to it, which I didn’t like. Sophia did very little to acknowledge the privilege she did have, aside from a small disclaimer about how when she was starting out there were plenty of jobs for her to pick and choose from and how that’s changed. She does attribute too much of her success to hard work and not enough to the luck that turns hard work into success.
The hashtag title is one of my pet peeves with this book. It’s trying a little too hard to appeal to the internet generation. There were some quotes about #GIRLBOSS being a movement, which I found as cheesy as the title. If you want to create a movement, don’t try so hard.
It also gave off a very distinctive, white feminist vibe which I didn’t enjoy at all. I also felt a little old for the book – it would be better suited to young women finishing high school than adults.
Have you read #GIRLBOSS? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments whether you thought it was overrated or not! You can purchase a *copy of #GIRLBOSS on The Book Depository if you’re interested in reading it!
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Book title: #GIRLBOSS
Author: Sophia Amoruso
Genre/type: nonfiction, memoir, business, self-help
My Rating: 7/10
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