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Girl Boss

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Released: 05.06.14
Review by | August 3, 2015 at 6:00 PM
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“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action.”

Basically: Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of the clothing company Nasty Gal, shares her life story along with insights on how she became successful, and how you too can become the ultimate #Girlboss

There’s no question that Sophia Amoruso is a fascinating individual armed with a compelling story, detailing how she utilized her mistakes, failures, and growth to become successful.We were told that #GIRLBOSS would be the book to read if we wanted to find the motivation within ourselves to go out there and get what we want out of life.

However, what we got was a book that reads more like a memoir of Sophia Amoruso’s life; she leads the readers through her journey from the odd child with an adventurous fashion sense, to the rebellious young adult that hated capitalism, to becoming the successful CEO of Nasty Gal.

When you read #GIRLBOSS you’ll find anecdotes with fulfilling advice in the “Portrait Of A #GIRLBOSS” snippets between chapters. These feature professional women in a variety of positions offering their own insights, separate from what Amoruso offers. However, the book only offers approximately 20 pages of general advice that isn’t specifically geared towards women, and includes tired advice like “treat your LinkedIn profile like an online resume” along with an obvious list of “Interview No-No’s That May Doom You To Unemployment” thrown in for good measure.

With a chapter that mainly points out what Amoruso looks for in new hires at Nasty Gal along with her own pet peeves in the work place, it’s abundantly clear this book isn’t written for people who need a little shove of motivation from an empowering female voice. This is a book written for people who are enamored by the Nasty Gal brand and are interested in learning about Amoruso’s life through her view of herself.

In the end: Get the Cliffnotes. #GIRLBOSS guises itself as an empowering book for women but it is lackluster in meaningful content–you’ll learn all about Sophia Amoruso’s life but this book won’t make you a #Girlboss.