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by Amber Maccione
The book entitled #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso is a nonfiction account of founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso’s journey in creating Nasty Gal, a fashion company located in Southern California. Sophia was not your typical success story as a child. School did not come easy for her, and she moved out on her own at 17, shoplifting, working dead-end jobs, and living the life of a free-spirit. However, through her interest in vintage, which started at an early age, Sophia hit gold as she created her own vintage eBay store. Through hard work and dedication to her passion, her company grew year after year into the success it is today. She states that she never imagined nor intended for Nasty Gal to become as big as it has, but it did because of how she applied herself.
This book is an encouraging book to all the girls who want to be girl bosses and even to those dudes who want to be dude bosses, as Sophia would say. Sophia encourages individuals to find a passion and a dream and go for it. She doesn’t sugar coat the hard work that has to go into making one’s dream a reality. She states that it is hard work and that one has to be committed and willing to go the extra mile to see the dream come true. She also states that once the dream comes true, that one has to keep working hard to make sure the dream stays a reality.
Through picture sketches, quotes, and shared experiences of her life, Sophia creates a book that someone can relate to, even if they are not in the fashion industry. She shares her life, the good, the bad, and the ugly (even having to say that no one should do some of the crazy things she did as a young adult) and organizes the picture sketches and quotes in a way that fit in and highlight the points she is trying to make by her life examples. As one reads, Sophia becomes like a friend giving the reader a one on one understanding of what it is like to be a girl boss. Although the advice is not laid out in a nice and easy way to take notes or here is the formula, she allows herself and her experiences to leave subtle hints at what it means to be a girl boss. Her language is her own, colorful and real as she is. She illustrate that you don’t have to have a degree or fancy upbringing to be a girl boss through her own life experiences as well as other people’s stories. The last few chapters of the book is where one might want to grab the highlighter as she goes into more of encouragement and advice than in the rest of the book. The first two thirds of the book, although there is advice within her stories, is dedicated mostly to her life and how she became the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal. The last few chapters are where she starts to hone more into advice about creativity, working hard, and taking risks. In the end, she encourages the reader to be that great entrepreneur by saying, “They take leaps before seeing the bridge because they know that if they don’t, someone else will get that Holy Grail.” What she means is that sometimes one will not always see where the path will end, but by taking small steps and just moving level to level, one can reap the benefits of hard work and dedication to his or her passion.
If you haven’t read #Girlboss, it is a must read for every girl (or dude) out there that has a dream that he or she wants to become a reality. There are great nuggets of advice in it, and Sophia is a down to earth, real girl boss that anyone can relate to. If you or someone you know is wanting to pursue being an entrepreneur, this is the book to get. So when you order a copy for yourself, be sure to get a couple more to give as gifts to those special others in your life that have a dream worth fulfilling.
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Interview with Sophia Amoruso
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