Sophie Amoruso is founder and CEO of the fashion brand and store Nasty Gal, her book #GIRLBOSS was one of the New York Times bestsellers when it was first released in 2014. Described as a ‘compelling motivational read’ by the Telegraph and ‘the book you need in your life’ by Marie Claire.
I have closed the blinds, popped aeroplane mode on the phone and delved in, to find out if this book, really can kick open a can of whoop-ass on your life.
Sophia shares her unique path to success, from a groin hernia to founder of Nasty Gal.
‘I am CEO of a $100-million-plus business with an office in LA.’ The book begins with a chronological timeline of Sophie Amoruso’s life, bringing her to the present day, where she is leading one of the world’s most successful eBay stores!
That’s right, I case you didn’t know already, Sophie’s story and her book centres around her real-life journey from one -girl only business, selling vintage clobber, on eBay, to managing a global website. Founder and CEO of NastyGal.
The book is not a biography, nor a step-by-step guide to setting up a business, it’s more a motivational talk, that feels like your big sister, has pulled you to one side and is telling you this story, good and bad, that leaves you feeling empowered and ready to take on the world.
Each of the eleven chapters begins with a quote, some from movies, like Wreck it Ralph, others from Sophie herself and many from other inspiring people, which set the scene for what each of the chapters will bring. You can read the book from cover to cover or use these prompts to delve in and out, at the place where you are in life and get that pep-talk you need.
The chapters are mainly Sophie, telling you about what she did, how she did it, what went right, or mostly wrong and how she dealt with it. It also includes tips, pointers, and advice, which Sophie suggest to help you on your way.
The book also includes inserts from other female business leaders, covering the world of fashion, media, beauty, and blogging, who share their own tales about their rise to success. Leandra Medine, who launched Manrepeller.com is one of these, telling readers; to get excited about the mistakes you make. These insider snippets add more fuel to the fire, to make you believe, you could do this too!
Sophie’s life story is an inspiring one, she was an outsider, whose behaviour was deemed odd. She thanks her hernia, for giving her a pathway to success, as without this health issue, she would never have taken a crappy job, that gave her time to kill and set up an eBay store.
Her tale sets the groundwork, letting girls, teens, and women know that regardless of your starting point in life, or obstacles that appear along the way, with hard work, perseverance, determination and a sense of humour, you can achieve what you set out to do.
After reading this book you are likely to be left feeling motivated, you may even sift through your wardrobe, dig out your old clothes and start photographing them for depop.
You will probably hashtag the life out of Girlboss and walk tall, feeling like you can take on the world. And hopefully, one day, you will.
Buy #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso £7.99 Paperback at Waterstones.
Girlboss has also been made into a series for Netflix and is available to watch from April 21