#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso | Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)
“The energy you’ll expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol.”
Infamous #GIRLBOSS extraordinaire, founder and former CEO of Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso's memoir (though not quite memoir) is loud, proud and humorous. I've always loved Nasty Gal's clothing (oh, the downfall of it all has been sad) and as a supporter of every Girlboss to have ever been: I had to pick this book up. While I don't consider it to be groundbreaking or particular excellent reading material, it is an entertaining pick-me-up about one girl's adventures leading up to her crowning moment: opening her own business.
It's likely you've heard a lot about each and every one of Sophia Amoruso's flaws and exploits. Oh, she certainly is a wild one--isn't she? Despite not being particularly likable (let's be honest--it's because of these flaws and goals most readers will admire her) and having had more than one scandal float her way, #Girlboss is an engrossing read that gives fans a look into the personal and business life of Amoruso.
Given Nasty Gal's present financial problems (bankrupt) and Amoruso getting the boot from her own company, it's quite the insight to the rise (and ultimately fall) of one woman's business. You've got to admire Sophia Amoruso for creating her company in the manner she did--with time, luck and a fuck ton of determination: she really had it going for her. And while taking business advice from her at this point in life wouldn't be altogether wise, it's still a relatively fascinating read.
She's not your ordinary rags to riches kind of #Girlboss but that premise is there all the same. It's cool to see her narrative and I wouldn't mind seeing that expand to the reasoning--and downfall--of her role in Nasty Gal.
At the end of the day, this is definitely only a read for fans of Sophia Amoruso and the new Netflix series based loosely upon her life. She certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea but this is definitely a stylish beach read for women of all ages who won't take themselves, or their books, too seriously.