Book Review: Up Late with #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
I read this after talking to some of the teachers at school who want to teach it for Diversified Occupations (essentially the class every human should take because it talks about essential job skills–and the teachers are awesome). The teachers wanted to see what I thought as an English teacher and get some advice on using a full book in class rather than just a textbook or articles. I have to say, this book will be perfect. It is engaging and humorous, but it also talks about important elements of success for any job. Plus, it is a quick read with short chapters and an appealing font size.
Throughout the book, she tells her story of how she founded Nasty Gal from the days of eBay where she worked out of one room to today where she’s got a huge warehouse in downtown LA. She offers advice to people who might be thinking about starting a business and also profiles others who she categorizes as Girl Bosses: women who have done what they loved and become super successful at it. These little two to three page profiles offer a jumping off point for further research as well as a way to hear other stories and garner other advice from successful people.
What I especially loved about this book was the strong voice Amoruso maintains throughout. She is unabashedly herself, and consistently positive. She tells us “anything you do can be creative” and “you shouldn’t idolize anyone” just be yourself. I also appreciated how she referenced others. I mean, how can I not love a book that quotes David Foster Wallace in order to give us some advice: “To be, in a word, unborable…It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish.” She also points out Susan Cain’s Quiet as an influence, explaining how she herself is an introvert and was happy to no longer have to do some of the many extrovert-type things involved in running a business.