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bySophia Amoruso

Hardcover | May 6, 2014

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In the New York Times bestseller that the Washington Post called “Lean In for misfits,” Sophia Amoruso shares how she went from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.

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.

“A witty and cleverly told account . . . It’s this kind of honest advice, plus the humorous ups and downs of her rise in online retail, that make the book so appealing.” —Los Angeles Times

“Amoruso teaches the innovative and entrepreneurial among us to play to our strengths, learn from our mistakes, and know when to break a few of the traditional rules.” —Vanity Fair
 
“#GIRLBOSS is more than a book . . . #GIRLBOSS is a movement.” —Lena Dunham
Sophia Amoruso is the founder and CEO of Girlboss Media, which connects women to explore success on their own terms through content, community, and experiences. Her 2014 New York Times bestseller #GIRLBOSS, which chronicled her early life as well as her experience as the CEO and founder of fashion empire Nasty Gal, was adapted into a s...
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Title:#girlbossFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 0.9 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:039916927X

ISBN - 13:9780399169274

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK This book makes me want to be a "#badass "boss girl
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! Love! Love!! We need more of this in the world. Felt so empowered, just by the cover!
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't keep a copy This book is such a great resource and I can't ever seem to keep a copy because I keep giving them to friends. Definitely gives a confidence boost.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fun, but not exactly amazing. A good autobiography if you like her brand & her story behind it. Wouldn't go out of my way for it. Wanna save some time? Watch the special on Netflix.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mad Respect I learned a lot about this Woman. She deserves everything she's worked for. I didn't have any expectations before reading this and I'm very glad I did. Yes it's not really a "guide" but you can't say you didn't learn anything from it. I like her encouraging story.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad This is more of an autobiography than a guide. Interesting read nevertheless.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I wanted to like it because I love reading about successful women, but I couldn't get into it.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing this woman is so inspiring
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my style If you're into self help books I's recommend this one... otherwise it's preying on hipsters.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ok read. This book was a quick and easy read. I found it inspirational but I wouldn't say it's a guide on how to start a business.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very well written, funny book! I am a huge fan of the fashion NastyGal sells. Sophia Amoruso is the founder and creator of it. When I heard about how she started the company, I was amazed at how it all happened and how successful it became given the situations she had been in when she was younger. I knew I had to read more about her story when I heard that she was writing about it in a book format. The book is extremely well written and has a funny, raw, unfiltered flare to it. It is also very inspiring because she writes directly to the readers and offers the input and hints that she has learned in her life. I would recommend this book to fashion lovers, to people who like inspirational true stories, and to people who want to get lost in a story that proves anything can happen, know matter where you come from or no matter what hardships you've been through.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from all style Why do women want to be called girls? I think there's your problem right there. Found this style over substance.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun Read this book after watching the Netflix series. Super cute still and I liked the easy read and the author's style of writing.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Interesting read about the start of Nasty Gal. This isn't a guide to starting your own business, as mentioned by others, it's more of an autobiography. However there are useful tips and insights throughout the book!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read. Funny. Real. I'll admit, I had no idea who Sophia Amoruso was before I looked at this book; but after reading an online biography on her I was very interested to see her life and how she got to where she is today. I truly had no expectations. However Amoruso is witty and tells it like it is: she does not want to be a role model and she does an amazing job channeling and speaking to individuals who do not fit into the societal norm. It's an easy read. Some parts are funny and the pictures are a very nice touch!
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite Wasn't sure how I would like it but I've read this book three times now and I love it each time
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from autobiography not a guide The book is an overview of her life with little value into how to build an empire. Perfect for a high school student who does not know how to write a resume.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read! Sophia Amoruso shares her experiences of starting a business. She writes incredibly well and is quite funny. As a fan of her brand, NastyGal, and of her story in general, it was so fun to read the details of her story and her life. A great, witty, easy read.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books Love it, found the story gripping and relatable!!
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who doesn't love this book. This book is awesome! Yes it's more of a biography but i like how relatable it is. She was just a normal girl who made it big which is awesome for all of us trying to do our own thing and be creative and that's what i love about this book. She's also a misfit which i think a lot of can relate to if you don't conform to the norms. LOVE!
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It Super easy to read - inspiring, motivational and empowering to women - especially to those trying to start or run a business.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ! Easy and quick to read, filled with lessons and entertainment.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Even if you don't plan on starting your own company, Sophia tackles a lot good points that cam be applied to your every day life.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick but fun Book was such an easy book to read but simple and fun at the same time. I got a lot out of this book all in a couple days read. Was worth it and I enjoyed reading it. Great pick me up and leaves you feeling good.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very fun read and very inspirational! I am a huge fan of the fashion NastyGal sells. Sophia Amoruso is the founder and creator of it. When I heard about how she started the company, I was amazed at how it all happened and how successful it became given the situations she had been in when she was younger. I knew I had to read more about her story when I heard that she was writing about it in a book format. The book is extremely well written and has a funny, raw, unfiltered flare to it. It is also very inspiring because she writes directly to the readers and offers the input and hints that she has learned in her life. I would recommend this book to fashion lovers, to people who like inspirational true stories, and to people who want to get lost in a story that proves anything can happen, know matter where you come from or no matter what hardships you've been through.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Quick read I expected more content. Read this in an afternoon, still enjoyable though!
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I love all things #GirlBoss and Sophia! This book was an easy read and very empowering. If you want to see the evolution of Nasty Gal from her perspective, I recommend picking up a copy of Girl Boss ASAP
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Power read for women I loved this book and will probably read it over and over in the future! It was great to hear her story and she mixed in tips and advice, which worked well! I flew through this book and have already recommended it to friends!
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Nasty Gal As a fan of Nasty Gal, the #GIRLBOSS movement, and all things vintage, this book was the perfect read.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok I am really into non-fiction and love a good female success story but some parts of this seemed a little too embellished. If you read it with a grain of salt, and don't look too deep for direction or inspiration I think it's okay but it's not something I'll keep coming back to.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read for young gals everywhere Love Sophia Amoruso and what she stands for. This book is great for young women who are worried or unsure about what they want to do with their lives. The possibilities are endless, and passion is so important. Sophia proves this to be true in #GirlBoss!
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy read I read this book to see what all the hype was about since I didn't even know who this woman was until this book came out. An interesting read though about her journey and struggles to the top. All that stealing she did though & then making money off the stolen merchandise is just wrong and I wouldn't label her as a role model or an inspiration by any means.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This! I loved reading this book. It was written in a fun really personable way, making it easily relatable yet funny. Definitely motivates you to become your own boss if you were already thinking towards it. Also a new series on Netflix as come relating to this book !
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it! After reading this I just thought Sophia Amoruso was just the raddest chick! I saw a review said this book was an autobiography versus advice... what's wrong with that? I didn't think it was trying to be a guide. I took it to be, and found, it is the story of how she began her business and if you want to take away from beneficial advice that is up to you.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A great Book! I am happy I invested in this book. If you love knowing how the author received such a success then you should definitely read this.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Inspirational! I am a huge fan of the fashion NastyGal sells. Sophia Amoruso is the founder and creator of it. When I heard about how she started the company, I was amazed at how it all happened and how successful it became given the situations she had been in when she was younger. I knew I had to read more about her story when I heard that she was writing about it in a book format. The book is extremely well written and has a funny, raw, unfiltered flare to it. It is also very inspiring because she writes directly to the readers and offers the input and hints that she has learned in her life. I would recommend this book to fashion lovers, to people who like inspirational true stories, and to people who want to get lost in a story that proves anything can happen, know matter where you come from or no matter what hardships you've been through.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just No! I had really high hoped when going into this book, but was sorely disappointed. This book was more of a memoir and pat on the back for the author than any type of advice book on business. Any advice given in this book will appeal to a very small niche of people and isn't particularly helpful at all.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating! This book is an amazing story of nothing to something. Way to go! Very inspiring for all of the ladies who have been told they cannot achieve greatness, simply because they are female.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rebelious and Inspiring It is so great to read about a rebellious woman who becomes very successful. I found very many similarities to my business. Though my business is much smaller! I loved this book and have shared it with my female business entrepreneur friends. Definitely inspiring and a super easy read. Couldn't put the book down!
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! Super inspiring and I loved it.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This book is a great read. Really interesting and inspiring!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is great! I recommend it
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10/10! This book is full of inspiration and gives you great insight to Sophia's path to success!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read I liked this book when I read it , it was a quick read. It detailed Sophias life and the start of her career. Her rise to the top of her own company is inspiring for readers who want to emulate her and be their own boss.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book!!! It was easy to read, great ideas and inspiration plus her story is very interesting!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! My mom borrowed this book from the library and I read it in 2 days, and then went out and bought a copy of my own as soon as I was finished. This book was such an inspiring and motivational read, and I definitely recommend it to any and every #girlboss. Sophia Amoruso's story is a perfect example of how anyone can achieve success, no matter where they start off. Such a good read!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from #girlboss empowering book, sophia shares tips on being a #girlboss and tells her story how nastygal became what it is #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Motivational Loved this book. Sophia is a very hard-working woman, and it shows throughout her life story. If you need a little motivation to go after what you want, I highly recommend this book. #GIRLBOSS
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GirlBosses unite! I devoured this book on a four hour plane ride to LA. Hilarious, raw, and full of amazing career advice for any girl boss babe! Never letting go of my copy.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool! Interesting, helpful, and not boring!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pump up Book for Every Woman Love this book. In a slump? Great read and resource for the soul to get up and start working toward your dreams. A truly honest take on life.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Sophia Amoruso! This is a very touching and inspirational read for any aspiring woman entrepreneur! I loved every minute of this book!!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Girl Power in business and your life Funny, badass and entrepreneur, Sophia is a relatable girlfriend. This book is great for anyone with a dream or anyone who wants to hear about starting with nothing and accomplishing so much just because she followed her passions. She also has a podcast that shares stories of other girlbosses that she knows.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One thing One thing I took away from this book... there should be way more "girl" bosses. Though we should probably just call them women... right?
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent and Inspirational Read I absolutely loved this book. So much so that I bought my niece a copy (wasn't about to lend my copy out) My brother ended up reading it as well and enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Inspiration Read There was a little too much hype around it but it was still a fun and inspirational read/
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read I really enjoyed this book. It's easy to get into if you're interested in fashion, beauty, business, etc.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Inspiring The book can inspire! But I think the hype was a little bit too strong for this one. It does have some great ideas and views, however I don't think I will ever read it again. It was interesting, but just wasn't what I was expecting from it.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So inspiring! This book reminded me that when I fall down, that I have to pick up myself up again and try again. There's always something out there for you.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Inspiring for girlbosses and boybosses - have already recommended it to a great deal of people.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top contender One of the most inspiring books I have read! Any girl could gain something from her book! It really helped me !
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! This book is a great read!!! It is short, sweet and to the point!
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #GIRLBOSS i truly loved everybit of this book. Its like a self help, business and personal finance book all in one. I learned so much about entrepreneurship and being confidnant in myself. And not being afraid to make mistakes. I would recommend that every young adult read this.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This book was pure gold. Funny, honest and inspiring. Would read again.
Date published: 2014-11-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An autobiography, not a guide If you are a fan of Sophia or the Nasty Gal brand, you might enjoy this book. If you are looking for advice on how to become a fierce female, maybe check something else out.
Date published: 2014-10-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Take it or leave it Self helps parts were not great, but the story behind her success was very interesting.
Date published: 2014-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! A great read!
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Honest & Funny An honest, funny and simple take on how she succeeded in the big bad world. Though Sophia doesn't write anything groundbreaking or that hasn't been written before, her take is fresh and makes for a quick interesting read. Definitely a must-read for all the #GIRLBOSS out there!
Date published: 2014-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An inspiring piece of $&!@ A great honest story about a go-getter!
Date published: 2014-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honesty to its finest ! #GIRLBOSS was as honest as Sophia Amoruso diary! Loved how she presented her story. Her best and bad moments as well as the struggle she faces yet being appreciative of it all. But in every chapter there is a lesson to be learned. This definitely inspired me to work towards becoming a brave, bold woman. Thank you for your honesty!
Date published: 2014-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read, fun & inspiring I honestly had no expectations for this book when I pre-ordered it. I purchased this book on a whim because, being a fan & huge shop-a-holic of the Nastygal online store, I was naturally curious as to the story behind the coming of such a successful business. While Sophia expresses she doesn't intend/nor want to be a role model, this book is completely light hearted and motivating. Really speaks to the young women out there who don't necessarily fall into the "mould". A great read!
Date published: 2014-05-07

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Praise for Sophia Amoruso and #GIRLBOSS *Winner of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Business Book*“While we love a feel-good story, we’re even more inspired by Amoruso’s drive and success. . . . The easy-breezy blend of anecdotal tales and entrepreneurial advice makes for a fast, easy read . . . with lots of brash but actionable takeaways . . . . Bottom line? That’s some serious #GirlPower. Buy the book today, thank us the second you’re done reading.”—SELF.com“The millennial alternative to Lean In.”—Inc. magazine, naming Sophia one of the Entrepreneurs of the Year“[Amoruso] addresses the highs and lows of her journey with an honesty that’s refreshing in a management memoir . . . Amoruso’s swagger in #GIRLBOSS is contagious. The book is a decent model for all the girls—nay, people—who don’t want to climb the traditional career ladder. Her path, though unconventional, might even inspire a couple of readers to try to heed her lessons and follow in her footsteps. But if there’s one real takeaway from reading Amoruso, is that a pre-packaged rulebook for business success no longer exists.”—Fortune“[#GIRLBOSS] is part memoir, part management guide and part girl-power manifesto. A sort of Lean In for misfits, it offers young women a candid guide to starting a business and going after what they want.”—The Washington Post“The Cinderella of tech.”—The New York Times“Fashion’s new phenom.”—Forbes“Amoruso’s voice is accessible and charmingly self-deprecating without losing the effortless cool that characterizes her clothes. . . . Amoruso’s scrappy capitalist narrative makes an admirable attempt to prove that navigating the system isn’t the same as endorsing it. Being antiestablishment is the old cool. The new cool is playing by your own rules and still winning by their standards.”—The New York Times Book Review“Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, shares her irreverent and invaluable lessons in what can easily be described as a power manifesto for strong, ambitious young women. . . . #GIRLBOSS leads readers to water but doesn’t force them to drink; rather than present a get-rich-quick manual or a list of business tips, Amoruso teaches the innovative and entrepreneurial among us to play to our strengths, learn from our mistakes, and know when to break a few of the traditional rules.”—Vanity Fair“It’s easy to get the sense, reading Lean In, that Sandberg is writing for women who’ve already made it. #GIRLBOSS is for those who haven’t, which means it is aimed at people who have nothing to lose, which makes it a much riskier and more enjoyable manifesto.”—New York Magazine“A witty and cleverly told account . . . It’s this kind of honest advice, plus the humorous ups and downs of her rise in online retail, that make the book so appealing. . . . Amoruso’s unconventional approach to business and her experiences as a rebellious teen and creative outcast would also appeal to anyone’s entrepreneurial side.”—Los Angeles Times“[Sophia Amoruso is] a real-deal, born disruptor. In less than ten years, she’s turned that very same eBay vintage shop into a bona fide, $100 million global brand, through pure sweat; social-media savvy; and an eye for the fashion-forward, subversively sexy clothing women want to wear. . . . Now, sitting atop a mini-retail empire of over 350 employees, Sophia has become that rarest of things: a CEO who truly inspires and a patron saint of badass #girlbosses everywhere. Ahead, her thoroughly inspiring take on the unlikely rise of her scrappy brand, and why she’ll always be an upstart at heart.”—Refinery29“[Sophia Amoruso] is every bit as uncommon as [Nasty Gal’s] track record. Never mind the Valley’s history of funding misfits like stinky fruitarian Steve Jobs, junk food smacking Marc Andreesen, or socially awkward Mark Zuckerberg. Those misfits all fit in a similar box, Amoruso did not. . . . [Nasty Gal] is that gap between total dork and together, rich cheerleader where the bulk of girls who want to think for themselves but also be cool and accepted live.”—PandoDaily“[Sophia Amoruso] takes the wisdom of CEOs before her (including Sandberg) and wraps it up with her biography, personal philosophy, and practical advice (e.g., don’t slander former employees on social media), all delivered with the same voice and attitude that has made her site so successful.”—The Cut“If you read one book with a hashtag for a title this year, make it #GIRLBOSS.”—TechCrunch“Get motivated by Sophia Amoruso’s story. . . . Her honest advice is useful for women in any industry.”—People (StyleWatch)“While Amoruso’s backstory is one we’re pretty much all well-versed in by now (we mean, what else are Google deep-dives for?), it’s still one that we just can’t seem to get enough of.”—The Coveteur“Everything Sophia touches has an air of cool, including her new book, #GIRLBOSS, which recounts the story of her first sale and her rise to retail stardom. . . . The writing is witty and affable, like listening to a good friend tell you a story. And the advice runs the gamut from writing a good cover letter, to owning your own style, to getting fired gracefully. #GIRLBOSS is an essential read for everyone who has realized that the path to happiness isn’t always a straight line.”—The Standard / Culture Blog“Sophia sprinkles to-the-point wisdom into the story of her life so far (she’s not afraid of a little tough love), and this book is a must read for women of all ages. Who doesn’t love inspiration with a little kick in the butt?”—RealSimple.com / Lifestylers“There are some CEOs that can make running a company look ridiculously easy. Then there are some who can do it with, well, a certain je ne sais quoi. Sexiness is a subjective measure and it’s not just about looks. It’s also about success, power, ambition, charisma, altruism, fashion sense, and style.”—Business Insider (on naming Sophia Amoruso “The Sexiest CEO Alive”)“[An] appealing business memoir . . . Amoruso’s authenticity comes through here and is, no doubt, one of the many reasons for her remarkable success.”—Publishers Weekly“Among the glut of leadership books featuring paunchy old men in power suits, at least #GIRLBOSS has a shot at standing out. . . . It’s clear why young women admire her. . . . #GIRLBOSS is targeting the same readers as Sheryl Sandberg’s updated Lean In for Graduates. . . . So buy #GIRLBOSS for your daughter.”—Bloomberg Businessweek“In her new book #GIRLBOSS . . . Amoruso gives her charmingly authentic insight into how to succeed in the workplace.”—Who What Wear“Clearly, there’s some magic to the Amoruso method.”—LA Confidential“The book is full of so many great insights even though she insists it isn’t a how-to guide. You should absolutely read the entire book, but I think Amoruso should be commended for her management tips. They are what make her a #GIRLBOSS.”—Levo League“This sassy memoir inspires while also doling out career advice and entrepreneurial tips.”—Foam Magazine“#GIRLBOSS is a must have for any young female entrepreneurs.”—The T.U.R.N. Magazine“The honest, kickass confident, and unabashedly herself Amoruso tells the story of her journey to success through Nasty Gal and the lessons she learned along the way.”—Tech Cocktail“[Sophia Amoruso] began as a humble eBay store and turned her brand into one of the most coveted eCommerce destinations on the planet. . . . Sophia’s brand sticks up its middle finger at the corporate world and Nasty Gal’s loyal followers can’t get enough of it.”—begoodclothes.com“Young women could do worse than learn from her no-bullshit style and tireless work ethic.”—Flavorwire“A breezy blend of memoir and entrepreneurial how-to.”—Sacramento News & ReviewPORTFOLIO / PENGUIN#GIRLBOSSSophia Amoruso is the founder and executive chairman of the coveted fashion brand Nasty Gal. Named by Forbes as “Fashion’s New Phenom,” best-selling author Sophia has established herself as one of the most prominent figures in retail and a style icon.The term Nasty Gal was originally coined after a 1975 Betty Davis album and the singer’s outspoken and unapologetically sexy style. Building on that inspiration, Sophia’s Nasty Gal first sparked a cult following in her one-woman vintage venture on eBay where she quickly learned she had a knack and photographer’s eye for fashion, styling, and buying. In just nine years (and after being kicked off the site in 2008), the brand has grown into a one-stop shop and online retail haven with a progressive following of fashion risk-takers.In fall 2014, Sophia opened her first brick-and-mortar Nasty Gal retail space on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Only four months later, she opened a second store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, almost three times as large as the brand’s flagship.As part of the brand’s expansion beyond e-commerce, the stores offer highly curated vintage pieces, on-brand labels, as well as Nasty Gal’s own line.On the heels of Nasty Gal and #GIRLBOSS successes, Sophia is passionate about evolving her brand and team of creative mavericks in every way possible. As she continues to be deeply involved in every aspect of the business, she loves most to meet the girls who have inspired Nasty Gal to be one of the most coveted brands of our time.She recently founded the #GIRLBOSS Foundation, which awards financial grants to women in the worlds of design, fashion, music, and the arts, to help fund them on their way to becoming a GIRLBOSS.A New York Times bestseller and published in fifteen countries around the world, #GIRLBOSS is Sophia’s first book.PORTFOLIO / PENGUINAn imprint of Penguin Random House LLC375 Hudson StreetNew York, New York 10014penguin.comFirst published in the United States of America by Portfolio / Penguin and G. P. Putnam’s Sons, members of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2014This paperback edition with a new introduction published 2015Copyright © 2014, 2015 by Sophia AmorusoPenguin supports copyright. Copyright fuels creativity, encourages diverse voices, promotes free speech, and creates a vibrant culture. Thank you for buying an authorized edition of this book and for complying with copyright laws by not reproducing, scanning, or distributing any part of it in any form without permission. You are supporting writers and allowing Penguin to continue to publish books for every reader.Photographs courtesy of the authorISBN 978-0-698-15490-2Penguin is committed to publishing works of quality and integrity. In that spirit, we are proud to offer this book to our readers; however, the story, the experiences, and the words are the author’s alone.Cover design: Christopher SergioCover photograph: Gabrielle RevereINTRODUCTION TO THE INTRODUCTIONA lot has changed since I wrote this book two years ago.We made record-breaking revenues.Nasty Gal grew so fast it became the Tower of Babel.We went through layoffs for the first time.I turned thirty. Then I turned thirty-one.We opened two brick-and-mortar (#brickandmurder) stores in Los Angeles.My hair is long! I’m an adult with braces! I have three poodles! Most importantly, I got married.About those layoffs . . . we started to feel the hard times only after this book was originally put to print. One hundred million in revenue is a lot of money—but companies much larger have gone extinct.The concept of success is really weird. Is success building a beloved brand and business? Or is it how you handle yourself when it gets hard? Is success being in the right place at the right time—with the right voice, skill set, team, and drive to cobble it all together? Or is success figuring out how to tame the behemoth once it sprouts legs and sharp teeth?I think about this all the time as I’ve watched Nasty Gal grow up. At first, it was a scrappy crumb-eating infant—and then it became a thriving wild child. Now, it’s hit the awkwardness of puberty—the occasional bout of acne, a cracking voice, incipient self-consciousness. Wait—are all these people looking at me?They say that when you have a kid, it feels like your heart is outside of your body—you can’t imagine sending her off to school with the threat that she might get hit by a car or bullied by some asshole. But you have to, because that’s what growing up is all about. That’s how I feel about Nasty Gal. My whole future is in this brand—but at the end of the day, I can only give it a kiss on the head and a PB&J while standing at the front door. It’s still not fully baked. Its success depends on the resilience, fortitude, and ingenuity of the team more than any one skill that I possess.The older I get, the less confident I become. There’s simply more to lose.I used to snowboard—I’d fly down the slopes at a million miles per hour with nary a bit of concern—but today, I sense my own mortality—and the mortality of everything I’ve worked for—as soon as the alarm clock goes off each morning, knowing that at this speed my teeth could get knocked out if I biff it.It’s really weird to be in your twenties and have a company that’s valued at hundreds of millions of dollars by investors, implying to the outside world that because I own a huge chunk of the stock I’m “worth” a lot of money. The funny thing is that it’s funny money. Nearly everything I’ve earned is locked up in this beautiful, inspiring, evolving business I gave birth to nearly ten years ago.

Editorial Reviews

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES PRAISE FOR SOPHIA AMORUSO“#GIRLBOSS is more than a book and Sophia Amoruso is more than a purveyor of (fine and fly) garments. #GIRLBOSS is a movement—a philosophy for making your work life as fun, fresh and raunchy as your personal adventures. Sophia encourages us to own the qualities we've previously been ashamed of (bossiness, crudeness, petty thievery) in order to become the masters of our own destiny, financially independent and radically ourselves. I'm so in.”—Lena Dunham“[An] appealing business memoir . . . Amoruso’s authenticity comes through here and is, no doubt, one of the many reasons for her remarkable success.”—Publishers Weekly“Get motivated by Sophia Amoruso’s story . . . Her honest advice is useful for women in any industry.”—People StyleWatch“among the glut of leadership books featuring paunchy old men in power suits, at least #Girlboss has a shot at standing out . . . it’s clear why young women admire her . . . #Girlboss is targeting the same readers as Sheryl Sandberg’s updated Lean In for Graduates . . . So buy #Girlboss for your daughter…”—Bloomberg Businessweek“It’s easy to get the sense, reading Lean In, that Sandberg is writing for women who’ve already made it. #GIRLBOSS is for those who haven’t, which means it is aimed at people who have nothing to lose, which makes it a much riskier and more enjoyable manifesto.” –New York Magazine / The Cut“she addresses the highs and lows of her journey with an honesty that's refreshing in a management memoir . . . Amoruso's swagger in #Girlboss is contagious. The book is a decent model for all the girls -- nay, people -- who don't want to climb the traditional career ladder. Her path, though unconventional, might even inspire a couple of readers to try to heed her lessons and follow in her footsteps. But if there's one real takeaway from reading Amoruso, is that a pre-packaged rulebook for business success no longer exists.”—Fortune“And while we love a feel-good story, we're even more inspired by Amoruso's drive and success . . . The easy-breezy blend of anecdotal tales and entrepreneurial advice makes for a fast, easy read . . . with lots of brash but actionable takeaways . . . Bottom line? That's some serious #GirlPower. Buy the book today, thank us the second you're done reading.”—SELF.com “Young women could do worse than learn from her no-bullshit style and tireless work ethic.”—Flavorwire “Sophia Amoruso, founder and C.E.O. of Nasty Gal, shares her irreverent and invaluable lessons in what can easily be described as a power manifesto for strong, ambitious young women . . . #GIRLBOSS leads readers to water but doesn’t force them to drink; rather than present a get-rich-quick manual or a list of business tips, Amoruso teaches the innovative and entrepreneurial among us to play to our strengths, learn from our mistakes, and know when to break a few of the traditional rules.”—VanityFair.com“The book is full of so many great insights even though she insists it isn’t a how-to guide. You should absolutely read the entire book, but I think Amoruso should be commended for her management tips. They are what make her a #GIRLBOSS.” –Levo League“This sassy memoir inspires while also doling out career advice and entrepreneurial tips.”—Foam Magazine“#GIRLBOSS is a must have for any young female entrepreneurs.”—The Turn Magazine“Amoruso’s voice is accessible and charmingly self-deprecating without losing the effortless cool that characterizes her clothes . . . Amoruso’s scrappy capitalist narrative makes an admirable attempt to prove that navigating the system isn’t the same as endorsing it. Being anti-­establishment is the old cool. The new cool is playing by your own rules and still winning by their standards.”—New York Times Sunday Book Review“[GIRLBOSS] is part memoir, part management guide and part girl-power manifesto. A sort of a Lean In for misfits, it offers young women a candid guide to starting a business and going after what they want.”—Washington Post“If you read one book with a hashtag for a title this year, make it #GIRLBOSS”—TechCrunch“[Sophia Amoruso is] a real-deal, born disruptor. In less than 10 years, she's turned that very same eBay vintage shop into a bona fide, $100 million global brand, through pure sweat; social-media savvy; and an eye for the fashion-forward, subversively sexy clothing women want to wear. And, yeah, great customer service. Now, sitting atop a mini-retail empire of over 350 employees, Sophia has become that rarest of things: a CEO who truly inspires and a patron saint of badass #girlbosses everywhere. Ahead, her thoroughly inspiring take on the unlikely rise of her scrappy brand, and why she'll always be an upstart at heart.”–Refinery29“Sophia Amoruso spares no detail in #GIRLBOSS, the story of how she went from dumpster diving teen to founder and CEO of $100 million online retailer Nasty Gal.”–HarpersBazaar.com“[Sophia Amoruso] takes the wisdom of CEOs before her (including Sandberg) and wraps it up with her biography, personal philosophy, and practical advice (e.g., don’t slander former employees on social media), all delivered with the same voice and attitude that has made her site so successful.” –New York Magazine / The Cut“Sophia sprinkles to-the-point wisdom into the story of her life so far (she’s not afraid of a little tough love), and this book is a must read for women of all ages.  Who doesn’t love inspiration with a little kick in the butt?” –Real Simple / Lifestylers“Everything Sophia touches has an air of cool, including her new book, #GIRLBOSS, which recounts the story of her first sale and her rise to retail stardom . . . The writing is witty and affable, like listening to a good friend tell you a story. And the advice runs the gamut, from writing a good cover letter, to owning your own style, to getting fired gracefully. #GIRLBOSS is an essential read for everyone who has realized that the path to happiness isn’t always a straight line.” –The Standard / Culture Blog“While Amoruso's backstory is one we're pretty much all well-versed in by now (we mean, what else are Google deep-dives for?), it's still one that we just can't seem to get enough of.”—The Coveteur“With a new book #GIRLBOSS sweeping bookshelves everywhere, we're not the only ones taking notice . . . Amoruso muses on the sheer marketing power of #GIRLBOSS—as a book, as a movement—while highlighting the history of her company.” –LuckyMag.com“a witty and cleverly told account . . . It's this kind of honest advice, plus the humorous ups and downs of her rise in online retail, that make the book so appealing . . . Amoruso's unconventional approach to business and her experiences as a rebellious teen and creative outcast would also appeal to anyone's entrepreneurial side.”–Los Angeles Times