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My thoughts and feelings about best selling #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.

I first found out about #GIRLBOSS from everyone else's blog photos. It seems to be a staple in photograph backgrounds and strikes me as the 'in thing' of the moment. I saw the trailer for the Netflix adaptation and I cracked (Since finishing the book I’m half way through the show and love it!). I'd been reluctant to read this book, in fear of jumping onto the hype train, but I couldn't take it anymore. I needed to see what all the fuss was about.

On a not so special evening, I downloaded the sample of #GIRLBOSS onto my phone. In the edition I was reading, there's actually an introduction to the introduction. Not gonna lie, I found this annoying. I'd had no chance to get to know Sophia, and was straight away met with points written to validate whatever it is that happens in the book. Trouble is, I haven't read the book yet! I felt it was unnecessary and as someone who didn't already know the story, it was frustrating. I just wanted to read the bloody book! I bought a full copy off of Amazon, skipped the intro, and got stuck in.

I'm so glad I did.

This book follows the life of Sophia Amoruso and her hiccups along the way, as she founded her very own company, Nasty Gal. Sophia's personality shone through this book. There was a real attitude throughout the book, a real sense of, if you want to get shit done, get out there and do it. People my age can get swept up into this feeling that they'll just fall into what they want to do. It can be easy to forget that things that are worthwhile require hard work. Sophia's determination and confidence radiates throughout. Sure, she didn't set out to have her own business, and she faced some challenges where she had no idea how to handle it, but she grabbed it by the horns and got on with it.

I'm looking out for role models more than ever before, and I loved how much I could relate to Sophia. It's nice to know that she too, had no idea what she was doing in her early twenties. Sure, that shouldn't be an aim, but it's good to know that even if you do feel like that, there's still a way out. She's honest! I'm reluctant about reading business books because I don't like the waffle. Cut the crap, get rid of all that business jargon and say it like it is. I don't think I'm going to be the boss of an entire company anytime soon (but who knows what the future holds?) but I enjoyed the chapters talking about how Sophia felt when she had to fire people, and how she dealt with investors. It was a glimpse into how she runs the business and what you have to do as queen bee. It's not all fun, there are tough conversations to be had and decisions to be made. I loved that she stayed true to herself and the brand. She was #relatable.



Don't mistake my praise for this book as me sucking up to it, just because it's popular. I loved it, and I couldn't put the damn thing down, but I a couple things did bother me here and there.

Being so late to the party on this one, I knew even before reading the book that Nasty Gal had filed for bankruptcy last year. After a bit of googling, it looks like BooHoo have bought them up, which is great, but it did beg the question, where did it all go wrong? Here I am investing time into a book telling me how to smash it, yet the very thing it's all based on has come crashing down. It made me question a few things, and wonder if I should be taking it all with a pinch of salt, however, as Sophia said herself in a recent article “Hey, it was my first business, and I think I got pretty far.”

High-end name dropping didn't float my boat. To be fair, I think it was Sophia's way of making a comparison. She wasn't name dropping all the expensive labels she was buying from for nothing, she was doing it to prove how far she's come. I think it can come across as a bit snobby sometimes, look at me and what my success can buy - a Porsche, for example, but hey, if you've got the dollar, go for it gal.

I'm glad I read this book when I did because it's given me a lot of guidance and one heck of a confidence boost when it comes to what's happening in my life right now. I'm 21, and like, damn girl you need to get your shit together. Don't get me wrong, I've got it together in some aspects, but I want to be more. My blog content was getting so stale it was making me yawn, so god knows what other people thought about it! Hello, reboot! It's scary when you grow up, I've turned a corner in my head, and now I know that I want to make a name for myself. I want to be a #girlboss at work, I want my team to be proud of me, and I want to take this blog to the next level. This book has given me the kick I needed to up everything a notch.



If you're a woman, especially if you're my age, read this book. Today. It gives you an insight of how you can go from top to bottom, and I think it's bloody great. This is definitely a book that's going to leave a lasting impression on me, and it's given me the motivation I needed to get back into the swing of things again.

I am a #GIRLBOSS.

Much Love

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