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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
    Jasmine 10-27-14 Member Since 2011
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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!".

    1 of 1 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

    1 of 1 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Entertaining and smart"
    Would you listen to #GIRLBOSS again? Why?

    I have actually listened to #Girlboss quiet a few times. Sophia is inspiring and a strong women as well as a leader. She is also down to earth, realistic, hardworking and has made mistakes.


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

    When she spoke about hitchhiking and the guy being turned on by the fact that she didn't shave.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked it all, her life story and what she made for herself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bernice 11-20-14
    Bernice 11-20-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "This book really annoyed me"
    What disappointed you about #GIRLBOSS?

    This story wasn't original or interesting. What 20 something... or 30 or 40 or whatever hasn't at one time or another experienced a "shitty" job. Big deal! She makes it sound like working from a tiny cramped apartment in PJ's all day and night was horrific and somehow was preparing her for the ultimate game changer which was in her case actually succeeding. In this book, she moves along from day to day doing everything everyone else is doing, but maybe with a bit different flair. Difference was, she succeeded every step of the way. Congratulations sister, now what part of this story do you actually enlighten me on anything to do with being a "Girl Boss"? Because what I got from it was everything just kind fell into your pretty little "not so vintage" lap. The so called problems she experienced in this book, I would be elated to have, "it was taking off", "we grew out of our 2 thousand square foot facility", "well known photographers and designers wanted to come work with us", "I was so busy I got an assistant", "investors are interested", boo hoo.
    The point I'm getting at here is this chick fell into the right thing at the right time experiencing little to no drama getting there. Happy for you, I really am, but it does not by any way shape or form make her an authority on being a "Girl Boss".


    Has #GIRLBOSS turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No... Just the author


    How could the performance have been better?

    No. The voice was perfectly annoying to match the story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Idk, are we done yet?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Amidei 11-01-14
    Amy Amidei 11-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but not what I was hoping for"
    What did you like best about #GIRLBOSS? What did you like least?

    It told her story well. I was hoping based on the title #Girlboss would help tell women how to be one. This told girls who to be a great employee.


    Would you recommend #GIRLBOSS to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this book to other women entrepreneur's since its not a how to get there, kind of book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 10-25-14
    Deborah 10-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Follow you PASSION!"
    Any additional comments?

    Should be required reading for teens! Pursue your passion and fall in love with what moves you.

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    Hong Tran 09-15-14
    Hong Tran 09-15-14
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    "Nothing but the Raw Truth"
    Any additional comments?

    Raw, humorous, humorous, and most of all - inspiring! As I went through the book, a bunch of light bulbs began to ding and ping in my head!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Charlotte, NC, United States 09-13-14
    J. Charlotte, NC, United States 09-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it has a lot of great nuggets of information and it's written in a raw kind of truth that is refreshing and inspiring. I'm probably older than the author (or perhaps the same age) and I was still impressed with her insight.


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