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By Angela on 05-01-15
Fantastic Story, Inspiring - but not practical
Loved Sophia's story and came away feeling inspired but not necessarily equipped.
The central message is go balls to the wall on your own dream. Be your best self. The book was about how she did that. But it doesn't necessarily show you how you could do that. It's very anecdotal.
Great read for a Saturday.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Jasmine on 10-27-14
This was by far so much better than I anticipated. I never intended on listening to #GirlBoss because I couldn't get past how cheesy the title was, but Goodreads offered this audiobook for free. So hey, who can say no to free? At only a little over 4 hours long, I expected some boring tale of how some rich girl stayed rich. Well, don't judge a book by it's cover because if that's the kind of book you're looking for...keep looking!
I've never heard of NastyGal or Sophia Amoruso, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear she was just like me - a regular girl. She managed through hard work, diligence, and (she does not believe in luck) a persistent drive, to create a million dollar company - all before the age of 30!
Amoruso's candid advice of how to become a girlboss was not intimidating, unlike other self-help books that can be overwhelming. I think a big part of that was due to the fact that she is just like the average Jane - trying to make it and get by; but she did much more than that. She became it.
I'm definitely encouraged to become a girlboss after reading this. It is more than inspiring - it is encouraging and I feel as if my dreams are within my reach after listening to this book. The narrator also helped in this sentiment - because she sounded like a girl next door. I promise you will finish this book feeling like "If Sophia can do it, I know I can!".
30 of 33 people found this review helpful
By Debra on 04-21-15
For those who haven't done much
A lot of repetition driving home the points of "be yourself" and "don't care what people think". This is a good inspiration book for people just getting out of high school who are interested in doing something similar to the nasty gal vibe, or for someone who is a huge fan and wants to hear about all the examples of Sophia being a "badass bitch" from elementary onwards. No real business advice or trade secrets, just a lot of "fly your freak flag". What Sophia has done with the Nasty Gal brand is amazing and admirable but her talents lie in marketing, fashion and styling and this book should only be viewed as a promotional tool for her brand catering to the young women who shop there. Very very little practical advice and way too many stories of her being a crust punk, dropping out of school and still making it big.
25 of 28 people found this review helpful
By Margaret on 06-30-14
Red Bull to Sandberg's Skinny Vanilla Latte
This book is the Lean In for the Millenial Generation - fresh, bright, gritty, pragmatic, and fun. No less important than Lean In, and I bet Amouruso and Sandberg aren't too far apart in age - but worlds apart in perspective. Work ethic is the same. Women working their asses off, getting shit done.
Better narrator than Lean In, as well. No whining.
16 of 18 people found this review helpful
By 2Fresh on 01-20-16
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I initially bought this for my lady, but found myself listening daily.
What three words best describe Sara Jes Austell’s voice?
I enjoyed the narrators voice. It was an excellent selection. She brought the story to life.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Sofia seems like such the anti-hero. I love how she's so cool without even trying. She kept it TO REAL at times, and I loved it.
Any additional comments?
I'd recommend this to all my Boss Ladies around the world. There are many paths and blueprints to success. This is one they should know about.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
By ND22 on 02-07-15
It's good and then it isn't
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Time listening was well spent if I could avoid cringing when she used the term "girl boss" so often.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
The ending simply spent too much time repeating the same theories over and over again.
What does Sara Jes Austell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I enjoyed the narrator in this book. Well spoken.
Any additional comments?
The book IS worth reading, but after the first 2/3rds of the book, you might as well stop listening. It repeats itself.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful