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Book Chat – #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso


Eh. I’m not sure about this one. I wanted to love it, I wanted to find some sort of advice for a girl who wants to be a boss, but I kinda got nothing out of this. However, I did read it in one go, so there must be something there that I liked? It’s a weird one this dilemma.

I have a fair amount of criticism towards this novel in that I found it to be arrogant, full of double standards and more like a book of advertising. I’m a big believer that if I read your book, you really ought to give me something out of it, like a great story or amazing characters or a bunch of mistakes that I learn not to make. But this? I lost count of how many times she wrote her own company name, or told us how quickly the business grew without telling how she managed to do that.


The double-standards were ridiculous. In one sentence we get told not to spend money, but then she bought a new car and desperately wants these new Dior shoes. I don’t get it; don’t spend money but buy extravagant things? And then there’s the whole chapter dedicated to how she hated commercialism and capitalism, shoplifting anything and everything only now to own a business and suddenly love money? It’s all coming across a little too fake and set-up for my liking.


Just check out page four if you don’t believe me. She has written a chronology of how she got to the top.

“2006: I dick round on the internet and open up an eBay shop called Nasty Girl Vintage” (name drop number one) then it jumps to “2014: I am the CEO of a $100-million-plus business with a fifty-thousand-square-foot office in Los Angeles, a distribution and fulfilment centre in Kentucky, and three hundred and fifty employees.”

Nothing between 2006 and 2014 to start with, and there isn’t a hell of a lot of modesty in that last part. I’m not trying to be all tall-poppy here, but I think this could have been done so much better with just a touch of modesty rather than bragging. It made me dislike her instantly because it came across as arrogant rather than humble.


Sadly this book contains no advice, so I can’t offer you any pearls of wisdom expect to say don’t waste your money buying this book, you’re not supposed to spend money anyways…or are you?

If you really, really want to read this book, you can click HERE to purchase it from Book Depository.


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