I’m sure that «#GIRLBOSS» is my second nonfiction of this year [not counting numerous law books]. The first one was «You’re Never Weird on the Internet» by Felicia Day, which was just as inspiring and had a similar message: Stay yourself, do what you love, dream big, and never stop being weird.
While Felicia Day was someone whose career I already followed and whose work I loved, Sophia Amoruso was very new to me. I remember watching the Netflix adaptation and loving it. I remember seeing this book pop up here and there and I always wanted to read it to see whether I’d like it or not. [spoilers: I did!]
Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two she had dropped out of school, and was broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school—a job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay.
Flash forward to today, and she’s the founder of Nasty Gal and the founder and CEO of Girlboss. Sophia was never a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers.
#GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; when to button up and when to let your freak flag fly.
«#GIRLBOSS» was and at the same time wasn’t what I expected.
1 – Humor is always a good approach when writing nonfiction. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction books, but humor is a sure way to captivate my attention and keep me interested. «#GIRLBOSS» had enough of it to make me gobble it up in under 3 hours and stay engaged from the beginning till the end.
“Opinions are like assholes; everybody’s got one.”
2 – Reading other people’s success stories is a perfect method to get inspired to build your future. There is something infectious in seeing others succeed that makes me want to strive to do more, to work harder, to get better and further.
If I ever find myself overwhelmed by numerous tasks on my never-ending to-do list, rereading this book will help me to get out of the procrastination cycle and tackle those tasks.
“You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create.”
3 – Money is an important subject to discuss. And Sophia Amoruso didn’t shy away from it! Not all of the chapters were my favorite, neither did I agree with all of her views, but the “money” ones were definitely very interesting and educational, as well as the tips she gave on resumés, cover letters, job interviews, and some common mistakes.
I love following Amoruso’s journey, but I was the most fascinated by these more business orientated chapters.
“Money looks better in the bank than on your feet.”
4 – Take everything with a grain of salt. Even this book. Sophia Amoruso’s story would have had a completely different impact on me if I’d read it right after high school or even in my early twenties. Now that I’m almost 30, and went through some job and life experiences, there were things in the book that I didn’t agree with. Which is absolutely normal, as each one of us is unique and sees the world differently. And who knows, maybe if I re-read it in twenty years I’ll agree more with Sophia’s views.
What put me off (slightly) was that the more I learned about the “book version” of Sophia Amoruso as the story progressed, the less I liked her. The girl she told us about in her book is not someone I can relate to, nor is she someone I’d picture as my friend or strive to become.
“I believe that there is a silver lining in everything, and once you begin to see it, you’ll need sunglasses to combat the glare.”
5 – When the book cover matches the color of your shirt, you know that it’s a sign! Completely off-topic, but I loved how the cover was a perfect match with one of my favorite t-shirts that I’m wearing right now as I’m writing this review. It wasn’t at all intentional! ❤
Overall, I’m glad that I read this book now, still in my twenties but not as naive as I used to be. I can and know how to select the parts that will help me move forward and discard the ones that I found less attractive.
Have you read this book or maybe watched the Netflix adaptation? What is your favorite nonfiction? Let me know in the comments below!