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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (May 6 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039916927X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399169274
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PRAISE FOR SOPHIA AMORUSO

“#GIRLBOSS is more than a book and Sophia Amoruso is more than a purveyor of (fine and fly) garments. #GIRLBOSS is a movement—a philosophy for making your work life as fun, fresh and raunchy as your personal adventures. Sophia encourages us to own the qualities we've previously been ashamed of (bossiness, crudeness, petty thievery) in order to become the masters of our own destiny, financially independent and radically ourselves. I'm so in.”
Lena Dunham

“[An] appealing business memoir . . . Amoruso’s authenticity comes through here and is, no doubt, one of the many reasons for her remarkable success.”
Publishers Weekly

“Get motivated by Sophia Amoruso’s story . . . Her honest advice is useful for women in any industry.”
People StyleWatch

“among the glut of leadership books featuring paunchy old men in power suits, at least #Girlboss has a shot at standing out . . . it’s clear why young women admire her . . . #Girlboss is targeting the same readers as Sheryl Sandberg’s updated Lean In for Graduates . . . So buy #Girlboss for your daughter…”
Bloomberg Businessweek

“It’s easy to get the sense, reading Lean In, that Sandberg is writing for women who’ve already made it. #GIRLBOSS is for those who haven’t, which means it is aimed at people who have nothing to lose, which makes it a much riskier and more enjoyable manifesto.”
New York Magazine / The Cut

“she addresses the highs and lows of her journey with an honesty that's refreshing in a management memoir . . . Amoruso's swagger in #Girlboss is contagious. The book is a decent model for all the girls -- nay, people -- who don't want to climb the traditional career ladder. Her path, though unconventional, might even inspire a couple of readers to try to heed her lessons and follow in her footsteps. But if there's one real takeaway from reading Amoruso, is that a pre-packaged rulebook for business success no longer exists.”
Fortune

“And while we love a feel-good story, we're even more inspired by Amoruso's drive and success . . . The easy-breezy blend of anecdotal tales and entrepreneurial advice makes for a fast, easy read . . . with lots of brash but actionable takeaways . . . Bottom line? That's some serious #GirlPower. Buy the book today, thank us the second you're done reading.”
SELF.com
 
“Young women could do worse than learn from her no-bullshit style and tireless work ethic.”
Flavorwire
 
“Sophia Amoruso, founder and C.E.O. of Nasty Gal, shares her irreverent and invaluable lessons in what can easily be described as a power manifesto for strong, ambitious young women . . . #GIRLBOSS leads readers to water but doesn’t force them to drink; rather than present a get-rich-quick manual or a list of business tips, Amoruso teaches the innovative and entrepreneurial among us to play to our strengths, learn from our mistakes, and know when to break a few of the traditional rules.”
VanityFair.com

“The book is full of so many great insights even though she insists it isn’t a how-to guide. You should absolutely read the entire book, but I think Amoruso should be commended for her management tips. They are what make her a #GIRLBOSS.”
Levo League

“This sassy memoir inspires while also doling out career advice and entrepreneurial tips.”
Foam Magazine

“#GIRLBOSS is a must have for any young female entrepreneurs.”
The Turn Magazine

“Amoruso’s voice is accessible and charmingly self-deprecating without losing the effortless cool that characterizes her clothes . . . Amoruso’s scrappy capitalist narrative makes an admirable attempt to prove that navigating the system isn’t the same as endorsing it. Being anti-­establishment is the old cool. The new cool is playing by your own rules and still winning by their standards.”
New York Times Sunday Book Review

“[GIRLBOSS] is part memoir, part management guide and part girl-power manifesto. A sort of a Lean In for misfits, it offers young women a candid guide to starting a business and going after what they want.”
Washington Post

“If you read one book with a hashtag for a title this year, make it #GIRLBOSS”
TechCrunch

“[Sophia Amoruso is] a real-deal, born disruptor. In less than 10 years, she's turned that very same eBay vintage shop into a bona fide, $100 million global brand, through pure sweat; social-media savvy; and an eye for the fashion-forward, subversively sexy clothing women want to wear. And, yeah, great customer service. Now, sitting atop a mini-retail empire of over 350 employees, Sophia has become that rarest of things: a CEO who truly inspires and a patron saint of badass #girlbosses everywhere. Ahead, her thoroughly inspiring take on the unlikely rise of her scrappy brand, and why she'll always be an upstart at heart.”
Refinery29

“Sophia Amoruso spares no detail in #GIRLBOSS, the story of how she went from dumpster diving teen to founder and CEO of $100 million online retailer Nasty Gal.”
HarpersBazaar.com

“[Sophia Amoruso] takes the wisdom of CEOs before her (including Sandberg) and wraps it up with her biography, personal philosophy, and practical advice (e.g., don’t slander former employees on social media), all delivered with the same voice and attitude that has made her site so successful.”
New York Magazine / The Cut

“Sophia sprinkles to-the-point wisdom into the story of her life so far (she’s not afraid of a little tough love), and this book is a must read for women of all ages.  Who doesn’t love inspiration with a little kick in the butt?”
Real Simple / Lifestylers

“Everything Sophia touches has an air of cool, including her new book, #GIRLBOSS, which recounts the story of her first sale and her rise to retail stardom . . . The writing is witty and affable, like listening to a good friend tell you a story. And the advice runs the gamut, from writing a good cover letter, to owning your own style, to getting fired gracefully. #GIRLBOSS is an essential read for everyone who has realized that the path to happiness isn’t always a straight line.”
The Standard / Culture Blog

“While Amoruso's backstory is one we're pretty much all well-versed in by now (we mean, what else are Google deep-dives for?), it's still one that we just can't seem to get enough of.”
—The Coveteur

“With a new book #GIRLBOSS sweeping bookshelves everywhere, we're not the only ones taking notice . . . Amoruso muses on the sheer marketing power of #GIRLBOSS—as a book, as a movement—while highlighting the history of her company.”
LuckyMag.com

a witty and cleverly told account . . . It's this kind of honest advice, plus the humorous ups and downs of her rise in online retail, that make the book so appealing . . . Amoruso's unconventional approach to business and her experiences as a rebellious teen and creative outcast would also appeal to anyone's entrepreneurial side.”
Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Sophia Amoruso is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal. A creative visionary and entrepreneur who was recently named by Forbes as “Fashion’s new phenom,” she has become one of the most prominent figures in retail and a cultural icon. She recently founded the #GIRLBOSS Foundation, which awards financial grants to women in the worlds of design, fashion, music, and the arts, to help fund them on their way to becoming GIRLBOSS’s themselves. #GIRLBOSS, a New York Times bestseller published in fifteen countries around the world, is Sophia’s first book.

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The best advice I got from the book was to hold down shift when scrolling in Adobe applications for faster scrolling. If that saves me more time in my life than what it took to read this book, then I consider it a net benefit. Otherwise, it's a story about a listless, shoplifting drifter who became the very type of person she hated when she was younger (a corporate, career drive, mainstream big wig), but now she loves her job and makes mad dollars and that's all that matters - and those current day listless drifters need to shape up and work hard to make something of themselves, just like her. I donated the book to Goodwill when I was done with it. It has no place on mine or anyone's shelf. But seriously, hold shift when you're scrolling in Photoshop or Illustrator.
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While I have NOT read the entire book, I wanted to comment on one of the major points that Amoruso makes with this memoir: always asking for more and more work (with the expectation to 'benefit' from more and more said work) doesn't really work in your favour if you're stuck in a dead-end job. It would only work if you work on commission, working towards a bonus, or if you actually work for yourself, which is when blood, sweat and tears actually, physically, pay off. If you're spinning your wheels at a job that is dead-end and you are not emotionally invested in, then that advice will only lead to your frustration and burn-out. So, I would reword that one piece advice to say: focus energy towards something you know has some potential to be personally rewarding. Otherwise, it is my experience-based opinion that it is a waste of your precious time.
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I've read many book about entrepreneurship, but this one is very complete and very funny + I love Sophia Amoruso and her company, so it was the best of both world. Highly recommand this book for every girl that needs a push in the but, or some motivation of any sort. The way Sophia approaches the subject is very stimulating and also very entertaining. I would read this book many many times just for the laugh and the tips. <3
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Wish I read more reviews before buying this. It's very cheesy and I didn't actually learn anything. All of this fluff could have been summed up in a couple blog posts. I heard people talk about this book and what an amazing story she has, but unfortunately that wasn't the case. She really does come off as self righteous.
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Loved reading this, very motivating - Girlboss is proof that with passion, hunger and hard work you can make it happen. Not everyone thrives in a 9 to 5 conventional work life, some have that desire to break out of the mould - if you can relate to what I'm saying then you will enjoy this read. It's short and sweet and most of all very honest.
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Absolutely love this book! I actually bought the book as an audiobook but not on Amazon. Sophia is quite honest and real. The book is definitely inspiring if you're on your own path to being a 'Girl Boss'! Buy it and you will not regret it!
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It's great for a young crowd. I'd say its perfect for a girl under 18, or for a woman under 25 if she's looking for something light. It's just a bit too cutsey to be a serious business book.

She tells you about her specific journey, and its great to learn about a really successful young woman, but this is not a business book and she certainly doesn't tell you how to replicate her kids d of success.
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I purchased the kindle version of this book, but let me just say how amazing this book is--especially for new entrepreneurs. Amoruso was very transparent in this book while discussing her past and present. Filled with humor, I thoroughly enjoyed reading every bit of it. You can learn so much from this book and you don't even have to agree 100% with everything she suggests.All in all, it was a very motivating and encouraging book. If you're thinking about becoming an entrepreneur and extremely passionate about it, this is a good place to start.
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