The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn't fashion--it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. Read more...
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The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn't fashion--it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she'd taken for the health insurance.
It was there that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees. Sophia's never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is winding as all hell and lined with naysayers.
#GIRLBOSS includes Sophia's story, yet is infinitely bigger than Sophia. It's deeply personal yet universal. Filled with brazen wake-up calls ("You are not a special snowflake"), cunning and frank observations ("Failure is your invention"), and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal's meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that being successful isn't about how popular you were in high school or where you went to college (if you went to college). Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.
A #GIRLBOSS takes her life seriously without taking herself too seriously. She takes chances and takes responsibility on her own terms. . She knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them. When to button up and when to let her freak flag fly.
As Sophia writes, "I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don't ever grow up. Don't become a bore. Don't let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let's do this."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-03-17
- Reviewer: Staff
In this appealing business memoir, Nasty Gal founder and CEO Amoruso shares her rags-to-riches story. Having eschewed college, Amoruso moves home, opens an eBay store for vintage clothing, and, after a lot of hard work and many a “Venti Soy No Water No Foam Chai,” finds herself the CEO of a $100 million fashion business called Nasty Gal Vintage. Amoroso’s tone and language may give this book a youthful audience, and kudos to that: few business books keep the teen set riveted while simultaneously inspiring fiscal responsibility and good business sense. It doesn’t hurt that the author has a rebellious streak. A chapter titled “Shoplifting (and Hitchhiking) Saved My Life” turns into a valuable lesson in how to turn one’s life around: “I had always wanted to do something awesome, and instead I was just racking up a soap opera’s worth of skanky experiences.” When Amoruso reminds her reader to pay off her bills and not spend beyond her means, she gives the message a powerful spin, based on her experience of missing a credit card payment at age 19: “I built the company with no debt… by choice… no one would even give me a credit card, never mind a business loan.” Amoruso’s authenticity comes through here and is, no doubt, one of the many reasons for her remarkable success. lllus. Agent: Andy McNicol, William Morris Endeavor. (May)