If I spoke exclusively in hashtags, my feelings on this book would probably read something like this: #GIRLBOSS #nastygal #awesome #lovedit. It’s pretty simple really. #GIRLBOSS is a page-turner with a multiple identity of sorts. At different points it reads like a self-help book on life, career guide, autobiography, a business how-to guide and a feminist manifesto.
Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Nasty Girl is the first to tell you how unlikely her story is and with her history it’s easy to see why she herself never could have imagined that she’d be as successful as she is right now. Founder of a wildly popular online retail site with a near cult following isn’t something most kids dream about so when this unlikely success story decided to share a bit about her journey, she immediately had a captive audience.
The book starts with the abridged timeline of events that led Sophia to where she is today. Frankly, the timeline makes absolutely no sense. I mean, how do you go from being detained for shoplifting in 2003 to operating a $100 million-plus business in 2014? Of course, the ambiguity is by design. The summary is a cute way to put things into perspective. A lot can happen in a couple of years and this is why #GIRLBOSS is a book and not a one-page summary. You want to fill in the gaps? You’ll have to read the book.
One of the reasons I love this book is its shear honesty. Nothing is sugar coated. Her real life lessons are included, killer instinct, good ideas, luck, stupid mistakes and questionable judgments alike. She isn’t’ shy about discussing any of it. What I also appreciate is the inclusion of inspirational quotes and illustrations. Whether it be her own mottos and mantras or famous quotes from other famous people, they added depth to an already valuable reading experience. Two of my favorite excerpts from the book are from her introduction and from the portion of the book that touches on managing finances. The first, “Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t ever let the Man get to you.” The second. “You can’t act like you’ve arrived when you’re only just receiving the invitation.” Man, that’s good stuff.
Overall, the book provides great insight on what can happen if you love what you do and stay committed to what you believe in. Like they say in infomercials, “Results not typical.” Clearly one shouldn’t take this book to mean they can follow some sort of blueprint laid out by Amoruso and realize the same kind of success that she’s experienced in a few short years but it really is helpful to see someone make it despite all of the signs that generally pointed to things turning out horribly, horribly wrong. There’s a great story here and the moral’s even better.
Did it move me? Yes. Would I recommend it to others? Absolutely, yes. Girlbosses (she calls us Girlbosses) like us would certainly benefit from soaking up some of this information not only for its educational value but for its entertainment value as well. Bottom line = Get this book.
Thanks for reading. Now… “Let’s keep making those power moves ladies.”