Intan Ruziana Octavia

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Book Review: #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

After back and forth stumbles across the amazing world of classic & contemporary literature over the years, I finally decided to (seriously) take up and read non-fiction books, too, as another way to enrich myself. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso is one of the non-fiction books that gets me so mixed up. I don’t even know if reading the whole book is worthy of time because reading the summary of her on Wikipedia or the short description on the back of her book is enough.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m talking about the book – not Sophia as a person. I like her brand personality, anyway. Beautiful, smart, stylish and fearless, who doesn’t adore these characteristics in a person, to be honest?

The odds of thinking that her privilege as an American white woman, growing up middle class, contribute much to her today’s success is incredibly high. However, if I look at another perspectives I would say her persistence & relentlessnes to achieve her goals and empower other women to have the #girlboss hustle is a truly inspiring.

#GirlBoss, for Sophia Amoruso, is:

someone who is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. As a #GIRLBOSS, you take control and accept responsibility. You’re a fighter. You know when to throw punches and when to roll with them. Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always on your own terms”. (15-16)

Don’t roll your eyes. I bet you’ve heard of this from someone else before, this is not really a groundbreaking statement, after all. But, you have a choice whether to think this as (A) another cliché or (B) a genuine voice from the woman who aims to push other women to be ambitious, bold, and go for what they want. I prefer the second option, though. And I can confidently say that my choice was right.

#GirlBoss explores Sophia’s journey on how she went from broke to multimillionaire in (only freaking) eight years. Of course, her success doesn’t happen overnight but I would be lying if I say this doesn’t sound like a fairytale either. #GirlBoss tries to reinforce the call to push women to slay their own way to success and for them to overcome every obstacle and fight for their goals.

Again, the topic is not something new (and she doesn’t claim to be the first woman to have a say on this, tbh). Indeed, we can easily found alternative feminist writers who also talk about a similar topic in a better way. However, what makes #GirlBoss is so unique and so hype today is because Sophia has successfully built a strong brand personality.

We all can agree that Sophia Amoruso has the whole package, everything about her looks very cool, awesome, and fairytale. If she is a character from a fiction book, I would say she’s so unreal and her story has way too much dreamy-like quality. But oh well, she exists — for real.

#GirlBoss was written in a very conversational tone and in a quite sloppy manner. I can say that this is a memoir with a little of business advice and self-improvement tips in between. To me, Sophia’s success story with Nasty Gal is not particularly relatable, her advice is not really insightful, and the tone of her voice sounds a bit full of oneself. Yet, despite all of these unfavorable elements, #GirlBoss has a powerful ripple effect of empowering girls and young women today.

A good read for anyone looking for light reading and simple motivational book. And after all, who can’t say no to a very stunning book cover? It’s nice to have #GirlBoss on your bookshelf, really 🙂

Image credit: Sophia Amoruso on Galore Magazine.


Intan is a full-time talent hunter, copywriter, and an avid reader. When she's not writing or busy finding great talent, you can find her reading books, listening to podcasts, or hanging out with her friends at malls in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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