#GIRLBOSS is the first biography of Nasty Gal’s founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso who started her vintage fashion boutique on eBay and cultivated it into the multi-billion dollar company that it is today.
I originally purchased #GIRLBOSS with the intention of reading it for my Master’s dissertation and although I read the introduction I did not get any further. Having completed my essay I had no desire to finish the book. That was until I learned that Netflix had released a series based on #GIRLBOSS and being one of those people who likes to read the book first I picked it up again. The most prominent thought I had whilst reading this semi business/semi biography was why did I not complete the book before finishing my Masters?! Reading Amoruso’s accounts of how she built her business and her working methods I stumbled across several quotes that supported my thesis. She covered many of the topics I had been struggling with including tardiness and team work. Nevertheless, despite my self resentment at not finishing the book earlier I did enjoy the read.
I would suggest that #GIRLBOSS is not a book for everyone. If you are looking for a more relaxed business book then it could certainly work for you. The informal nature of Amoruso’s writing meant that it was very easy to read and gives you a perspective of what its like working in business when you’re not necessarily business orientated. Having said that, I found that some of the memoir elements were irrelevant to the overall message of the book. I also feel that I did not learn anything new from her professional advice: be confident, don’t make spelling mistakes and show attention to detail, all advice that is preached to us already in school, in books and on tv.
I am disappointed that I did not finish the book earlier but I also think that my work would not have benefitted all that much if I had. Sophia Amoruso’s rags-to-riches tale is impressive but this is in no way offers a formula to repeat her success. Despite finding flaws with this book I have given it a 4/5 rating on Goodreads. I felt that Amoruso’s personal qualities came across loud and clear whilst reading and it is a funny, sarcastic and entertaining read.