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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sophia Amoruso Narrator: Sara Jes Austell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9780698162303
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“A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”

The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion—it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she’d taken for the health insurance.

It was there that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees. Sophia’s never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is winding as all hell and lined with naysayers.

#GIRLBOSS includes Sophia’s story yet is infinitely bigger than Sophia. It’s deeply personal yet universal. Filled with brazen wake-up calls (“You are not a special snowflake”), cunning and frank observations (“Failure is your invention”), and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that being successful isn’t about how popular you were in high school or where you went to college (if you went to college). Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.

A #GIRLBOSS takes her life seriously without taking herself too seriously. She takes chances and takes responsibility on her own terms. She knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them, when to button up and when to let her freak flag fly.

As Sophia writes, “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Get motivated by Sophia Amoruso’s story…Her honest advice is useful for women in any industry.”


  • “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….If there’s one real takeaway from reading Amoruso, is that a pre-packaged rulebook for business success no longer exists.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 Book Review

  • “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.”



  • “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

  • “In this appealing business memoir, Nasty Gal founder and CEO Amoruso shares her rags-to-riches story…Amoruso’s tone and language may give this book a youthful audience, and kudos to that: few business books keep the teen set riveted while simultaneously inspiring fiscal responsibility and good business sense…Amoruso’s authenticity comes through here and is, no doubt, one of the many reasons for her remarkable success.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Sara Jes Austell conveys all the hip and rough-edged savvy you’d expect to hear from the founder of Nasty Girl…Austell’s performance is seamless, free of glitches of any kind, and remarkable for her infectious confidence, off-key likability, and spontaneous phrasing. She’s a big part of the effectiveness of this energetic discussion of how women can succeed as leaders without being sucked into corporate stereotypes of how they should behave or how businesses should operate. With its candid personal stories and down-to-earth strategies for handling a variety of start-up challenges, this is an audio that’s as useful as it is fun to hear. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award and a finalist for the 2015 Audie Award.”


  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books of May 2014
  • An iTunes Top Seller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Business/Educational Narration
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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