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#GIRLBOSS: How to Write Your Own Rules While Turning Heads and Turning Profits | [Sophia Amoruso]

#GIRLBOSS: How to Write Your Own Rules While Turning Heads and Turning Profits

The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion - it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was there that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees.
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The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion - it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she’d taken for the health insurance.

It was there that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees. Sophia’s never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is winding as all hell and lined with naysayers.

#GIRLBOSS includes Sophia’s story, yet is infinitely bigger than Sophia. It’s deeply personal yet universal. Filled with brazen wake-up calls (“You are not a special snowflake”), cunning and frank observations (“Failure is your invention”), and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that being successful isn’t about how popular you were in high school or where you went to college (if you went to college). Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.

A #GIRLBOSS takes her life seriously without taking herself too seriously. She takes chances and takes responsibility on her own terms. She knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them. When to button up and when to let her freak flag fly.

As Sophia 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.”

©2014 Sophia Amoruso (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    Margaret United States 06-30-14
    Margaret United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Red Bull to Sandberg's Skinny Vanilla Latte"

    This book is the Lean In for the Millenial Generation - fresh, bright, gritty, pragmatic, and fun. No less important than Lean In, and I bet Amouruso and Sandberg aren't too far apart in age - but worlds apart in perspective. Work ethic is the same. Women working their asses off, getting shit done.

    Better narrator than Lean In, as well. No whining.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jasmine 10-27-14
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    "#BossBook!"

    This was by far so much better than I anticipated. I never intended on listening to #GirlBoss because I couldn't get past how cheesy the title was, but Goodreads offered this audiobook for free. So hey, who can say no to free? At only a little over 4 hours long, I expected some boring tale of how some rich girl stayed rich. Well, don't judge a book by it's cover because if that's the kind of book you're looking for...keep looking!

    I've never heard of NastyGal or Sophia Amoruso, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear she was just like me - a regular girl. She managed through hard work, diligence, and (she does not believe in luck) a persistent drive, to create a million dollar company - all before the age of 30!

    Amoruso's candid advice of how to become a girlboss was not intimidating, unlike other self-help books that can be overwhelming. I think a big part of that was due to the fact that she is just like the average Jane - trying to make it and get by; but she did much more than that. She became it.

    I'm definitely encouraged to become a girlboss after reading this. It is more than inspiring - it is encouraging and I feel as if my dreams are within my reach after listening to this book. The narrator also helped in this sentiment - because she sounded like a girl next door. I promise you will finish this book feeling like "If Sophia can do it, I know I can!".

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    akilah 09-09-14
    akilah 09-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book for women ready to kick ass"
    Would you listen to #GIRLBOSS again? Why?

    Yes, this book is motivating & inspiring ...who doesn't need that


    What was one of the most memorable moments of #GIRLBOSS?

    This 50 dollars mean more to me than you..... This moment showed the author had guts before she had a dime


    What does Sara Jes Austell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great tone, she made the book feel like you were hearing a story from your girlfriend over lunch!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many moments that moved me.... Sorry I can't pick just one but overall the book just shows there is more than one way to become a boss


    Any additional comments?

    Great read for young women trying to figure it out

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 06-02-14
    Wendy 06-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Read"
    If you could sum up #GIRLBOSS in three words, what would they be?

    Great Plucking Read or Listen in this case.


    What other book might you compare #GIRLBOSS to and why?

    I have a read a 101 other business books and this is the only one that I thought was great from beginning to end. Others may strike a cord of brilliance here or there but rarely from start to finish. As a #girlboss of a fashion brand this book is a very relatable home run.


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    Amber 01-31-15
    Amber 01-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It exceeded my expectations"

    I heard a review from a youtuber. I guess it just wasn't her cup of tea... I really enjoyed the book. Her unconventional life journey led to a plethora of great lessons.

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    VirginiaCiCi 01-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this"

    Great book. A lot of really great takeaways. I recommend it to anyone in need of a good personal development book. I am finished and ready to take over the world.

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    Jennifer C. Cohen Long Beach, CA USA 01-29-15
    Jennifer C. Cohen Long Beach, CA USA 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great book, kind of awkward audio presentation"

    I really liked the book. Fantastic to hear, very motivating. My one complaint was that it was sometimes hard to tell when the "portrait of a girl boss" was done and when we were back to hearing the autobiography part of the book on the author because the voices were all the same so it wasn't always easy to tell. .

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    molly 01-28-15
    molly 01-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great inspiration!"

    This book was inspiring because of the tags to riches story. The language is a little bit...ummm...millennial. Still, it was fun to listen to. I actually listened twice and liked it more the second time :)

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    Summer 01-28-15
    Summer 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "From #girlboss to #girlboss this book killed it."

    This book is full of wisdom, coming from Sophia's personal experience. I love the way every odd story or mistake in her life ties into her success. She does not dismiss the little things, and in fact she believes that every single pixel matters when building a brand. I would defiantly suggest this book to any womyn who are looking to take their project to the next level.

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    A. Cadena new york 01-27-15
    A. Cadena new york 01-27-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Love hearing her story, some chapters unnecessary"
    Would you try another book from Sophia Amoruso and/or Sara Jes Austell?

    Yes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love hearing her story and how she became a girlboss, but somewhere down the line Amuroso gets caught up in preaching rather than sharing and the book loses its umph. There's a section of the book where she gives advice on resume writing, cover letters, and interviewing -- all things I would prefer to hear from a career coach and not an online boutique CEO. Very unnecessary.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to #GIRLBOSS?

    I think this book is perfect for women anywhere from 17 to 35. As a young professional myself, despite the preachy-career coach section in the middle, I definitely took away a lot of ideas for how to carry myself better and get more out of my life/career. I also work as a mentor and I bought this book for my mentee because it can put her in the right mindset to start her career off well (and she COULD actually use the resume/interview help).


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