#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso


The founder of Nasty Gal offers a sassy and irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story i...


Release DateMay 6th, 2014
Number of pages256 pages
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Feminism, Business, Self Help


  • Kimiko
    I had such high hopes for this book, but it turns out that now I’ll be writing one of my only truly negative reviews on Goodreads…Sophia Amoruso has surely accomplished a lot with Nasty Gal, and I respect her work ethic and ability to achieve success with rough beginnings and little formal education. However, I expected this book to relate more to those in her generation – instead, she turns out to be yet another naysayer of the Millennial ...
  • Sophie
    I put off reading this book for a long time because #GIRLBOSS is the most vomit-inducing book title I can think of and now I have read it I wish I hadn't bothered. #GIRLBOSS is peculiar mix; it's a book that doesn't know whether it wants to be a memoir or if it wants to give business advice. Most of Sophia Amoruso's memories are irrelevant and self-absorbed, with humble brags littering the pages. Sophia constantly reminds readers of the "mete...
  • Renee
    Having been Nasty Gal's first intern during the early days in Berkeley when it was just Sophia and Christina (the first full-time employee who is now Buying Director), my rating may be a little biased so feel free to take everything from this point forward with a grain of salt.I won't bother with a short summary as this book has gotten enough press and reviews from readers alike that that just seems redundant. What I will say is that having worke...
  • Stephanie
    I am stunned that #GIRLBOSS won the 2014 GRCA for best business book!Being a female in the male-dominated business world, I was excited by the title and hoping for SO MUCH MORE!!The book reads more like a blog or semi-memoir. Sophia Amoruso has a great "rags to riches" story to tell. Unfortunately, her arrogance came across loud and clear in this book. While some parts are funny (that's why 2 vs. 1 star), most of it reads like her giving herself ...
  • Jenny
    I had never even heard of Nasty Gal when I picked this e-book from the library. But the title seemed fun and I always enjoy reading business books - especially ones that tackle the unique issues that face women.But this? This is not that book.I'll say this - Sophia has done a great job of getting where she is now. She's obviously creative and obviously hard working. But I don't know who this book is written for. It is mainly biographical which is...
  • Natalie
    In #GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso recounts her life from stumbling upon her passion of selling vintage clothes online and becoming an unlikely businesswoman to building her retail fashion empire. Along the way, she realizes the value and the difficulty of being the #GIRLBOSS of her own life.“The energy you’ll expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol.”This book started out interesting eno...
  • Ami
    It's overwhelmingly clear from the book that Sophia Amoruso is a hard worker. She's dedicated to her business, she's extremely talented at what she does, and I suspect she'd be pretty fun to attend a party with even thought she would probably make you wear silver leather pants. That being said, this book just didn't do it for me. Amoruso neglects the more fascinating elements of her story, like the fact that she went from being the "youngest pers...
  • Jessica
    I so wanted this to be good, but after reading the introduction, I knew that I was probably not going to enjoy it. After she addressed the issue of whether or not her book was a feminist manifesto by saying that she believes in "showing up and owning it" not "whining" for equality, I was pretty much soured on everything else she had to say. But I persevered. And while there were some good parts of the book - she does have some interesting things ...
  • Karina
    Funny, entertaining, sassy, sarcastic, and incredibly smart. Amoruso manages to bring her funny/sarcastic personality onto these pages while seriously teaching about what it means/takes to be a girlboss. I took so much from this book and I have a strong feeling I'll be rereading it once I'm done with university. The balance between the casual narration style and spot on intelligent business/life advice is fantastic. It makes reading it so easy an...
  • Jenna
    I thought that perhaps I was a freak of nature until I read this book and realized that there is someone out there so much like me! Therefore, I found this read quite inspirational. Sophia Amoruso started her own business, now worth $100M, from scratch and pocket change. She never knew what she really wanted to do until she found herself caught in the middle of a prospering company, while feeding a hobby that she hoped would keep her from having ...
  • Kelsey Searles
    From the first page I knew I wasn't going to like this book. ("don't let the man get you! #girlboss!"... gag...) Beyond it being poorly written (sounds like a teenager's rambling life story), it doesn't have any true focus or offer any innovative or interesting advice. Most of the advice (work hard, don't have typos in your resume, attention to detail) are well known, common, and repeated in countless books, television shows, etc... (and honestly...
  • Elizabeth Schlatter
    So I mistakenly thought this was going to be about being a boss. It's really about the author, her life, her mistakes, what she's learned from them, and the meteoric success of her online company, Nasty Gal, which sells clothes. Certainly it's impressive that Amoruso became such a successful entrepreneur, at so young an age (I think she's now 30), and by utilizing social media to not just shape a distinct brand but also to identify, target, and r...
  • Janelle Zhao
    I have tremendous respect for her, for what she stands for, and for what she has built. But this book fell short on delivering something substantial. I realize that this was geared towards teens and adolescence so for them, I highly recommend it. But if you are close to Sophia's age, you might find it a little too preachy...at times, like she refuses to take off her public persona to show a real glimpse of herself. I almost stopped reading the bo...
  • alexandra
    4.5/5#GIRLBOSS was just as fantastic as i expected it'd be. (and in a really teeny-tiny way, that disappointed me but, for the most part, i loved this novel.)this is a book that i would recommend to every human. never read non-fiction novels? great, go read this. don't care for fashion? mmmm, still go read this. not a girl? who cares, go read this. it's a book that i found very honest, quick, and empowering. sophia amoruso shares her journey on h...
  • Jen
    4.5 stars 1. #GIRLBOSS is written by someone who didn't go to college. Before you back away from this book, hear me out with my nine other reasons. 2. #GIRLBOSS is bad-ass, and inspires me to be a bad-ass myself. One who can conquer ANYTHING. 3. Sophia Amoruso is so hilarious. I ACTUALLY laughed out loud on pretty much every page. In public. 4. #GIRLBOSS gives really great advice on, sure, business and getting jobs, but STREET SMARTS too. 5. #GI...
  • Jennifer Jacobs
    Perfect book!Funny and sharp!Bad girl attitude at it's best!This seems my kinda book!Just got it on kindle 5 mins ago and couldn't put it down!!Will update my review as I read :)25% update!Wow!I was able to read 25% within 2 hours!The book is superb easy to read!Very fun,inspiring too:)Another woman who did even shiitier things in her days of struggle is none other than Madonna:) (I highly recommend J.Randi Taraborelli's biography of Madonna!One ...
  • Karatepop
    Sigh. This is written like a really long blog post. I completely disagree with her attitude about money and hard work and reward. I think putting something out to the universe and making it so is bullshit. I think different people have different ideas of success. I think people who choose to be poor because it's cool and "screw the man, man!" are naive and belong in a Pulp song. I think if you grow out of that phase and just shift to the other en...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    For me, this book was perfect. It had so much to do with confidence, which is what I need right now, so it spoke to me. I know I'll read passages from it many times in the future and I'm so grateful it was given to me. I'd encourage all women to read it!
  • Rachel
    Full disclosure: I kind of view audiobooks as cheating, and this was my first audio book. When Goodreads emailed me saying I could have a free audible version of #Girlboss because I had marked it as "to read" I jumped on it. I read Tina Fey's "Bossypants," and still regret not having gotten the audible version so that I could HEAR Tina Fey reading me her book.This book was not read by Sophia Amoruso, and I cannot imagine what it would take to fla...
  • Betsy Step
    More realistic and inspiring then Lean In.
  • Katie
    NO! NO NO NO! This book does not deserve any sort of award! Unless you are in 6th grade and have never spoken to anyone about your future, do not waste your time, money, brain power. This book is one of the most mindless, judgmental, condescending, self-inflating, poorly written book on business. Sophia Amoruso may have a successful business but the way she talks about her achievements makes her seem like the first ever CEO. The advice is trite a...
  • Ashley Reid
    This was a mostly amazing book, I would recommend it to anyone, even if you are not a female entrepreneur.The author has a great outlook on life and the book inspires you to have more confidence in yourself, even if you feel like you are failing at what you think you should be doing.
  • Hannah
    Very inspiring!!! I'm a #GIRLBOSS
  • BookPal
    Six years ago, Sophia Amoruso revolutionized the fashion world with the launch of her online store Nasty Gal Vintage. Known today as Nasty Gal, the company is worth at least $250 million. How did she turn a simple ebay store into a multi-million dollar company? Sophia reveals all her secrets in her new book #GIRLBOSS.Amoruso provides a very candid account of her journey from a grungy shoplifter to CEO. Perhaps she divulges a little too much perso...
  • Jessica Gadziala
    3.5This book couldn't decide if it wanted to be a memoir, self-improvement, or business advice. As such, it missed the mark on all three and made for a half-interesting, half-boring read. There were chapters where I was sucked in and chapters that I skimmed almost entirely. That being said, for any of you who want to be a #GirlBoss in your life, it's not a bad read. It gets you pumped to work your hardest for your goals and dreams. Just be prepar...
  • MrsJoseph
    UPDATE 24-Feb-2017: Nasty Gal - the clothing company owned by #Girlboss Sophia Amoruso - has filled bankruptcy. Let's hope no one took her [incredibly terrible] advice. http://bookslifewine.com/r-girlboss/2.5 stars rounded down to 2 starsI'm not much of a memoir reader. Nor am I particularly fond of audio books...but I do a lot of driving. A lot. This made me join Ford's Audiobook Club at Goodreads. #GIRLBOSS was one of the books selected as a Bo...
  • Catherine Read
    "Confidence is more attractive than anything you could put on your body." - Sophia Amoruso I LOVED this book! Sophia Amoruso has a wonderful life story to tell - a fascinating journey for someone who is just 30 years old, a high school dropout and the CEO of her own multimillion dollar online fashion business called Nasty Gal. She started her business on MySpace selling vintage clothing back in 2006, then moved to Ebay, then to her own website. S...
  • Katie
    Ok to be perfectly fair I didn't finish the book. My previous boss though it was the greatest thing since sliced bread and 'encouraged' everyone in the office to read it.It was full of "Go get em!" GIRL POWA bullshit that I go so annoyed with the narrator I put it down. It felt like incoherent catchphrases said by a fortune teller desperately trying to cold read me and please my ego.It came across like the book was trying desperately what you wan...
  • Sofia
    Amoruso's not a good writer, but it's forgivable because she has some solid ideas. This a good, quick read that'll leave you feeling motivated to go after the things you want with renewed passion and fervour.That being said, I hate the title. I understand why it was chosen, and why it fits the book. Yet every time Amoruso addressed her readers as "#GIRLBOSSes" in training, I was afraid my eyes were going to get stuck from rolling them so hard.