The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn tfashion it was a stolen book. She spent her teenshitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpsterdiving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself toemployment, but was still broke, directionless, andworking a mediocre day job she d taken for thehealth insurance. Read more...
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The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn tfashion it was a stolen book. She spent her teenshitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpsterdiving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself toemployment, but was still broke, directionless, andworking a mediocre day job she d taken for thehealth insurance.
It was there that Sophia decided to start sellingvintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is thefounder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer withmore than 350 employees. Sophia s never been atypical CEO, or a typical anything, and she s written#GIRLBOSS for outsiders (and insiders) seekinga unique path to success, even when that path iswinding as all hell and lined with naysayers.
#GIRLBOSS includes Sophia s story, yet isinfinitely bigger than Sophia. It s deeply personalyet universal. Filled with brazen wake-up calls( You are not a special snowflake ), cunning andfrank observations ( Failure is your invention ), and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal smeteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground.It proves that being successful isn t about how popularyou were in high school or where you went tocollege (if you went to college). Rather, success isabout 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)