Book Review: #GirlBoss
#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso via Exclusive Books, R328. Shop it here.
You can’t help but feel a sense of empowerment after reading #GirlBoss. Sophia Amoruso creates a stimulating sense of badass-ness and encouragement to follow your dreams… no matter the circumstances.
I came across a review in The Guardian written by Helen Lewis which made me sit up and wonder whether #GirlBoss is just a shallow book about some women’s lucky breaks in life:
“this book is as shallow as a teaspoon: God help today’s school-leavers if they need advice like “treat your LinkedIn profile like an online resume” and “spellcheck exists for a reason”. Oh, and this: “Don’t have sex with everyone in the world you work in. It’s a small world.”
To a certain extent I agree with Helen Lewis, yes it’s shallow and yes not every school drop out is going to become a millionaire but I’d like to quote a phrase from #GirlBoss itself to contradict Lewis’ above statement:
“You are about 1 in 400 trillion. (Yes, that’s 400 followed by 12 zeros.) This takes into account the chance of your parents meeting out of all the people on the planet, the chance of them reproducing, the chance of you being born at the exact moment that you were, and every other wildly improbably factor that goes into each individual person. The whole point of this crazy calculation is that we should take the sheer improbability of our own existence as a kick in the butt to get out of bed in the morning. If you hear this fact as discouraging – that you’re only one in billions – then flip the script. You are one in billions! Someone has to succeed, so it might as well be you.”
From a personal point of view I loved #GirlBoss, it was one of those books that I happened to read at exactly the right time in my life. Call it what you want, but for me, it kicked me in the butt and got me moving.