It’s been a while since I decided to review a book (and it’s been a bit of a long time since I finished a book!) As quite a few of the bloggers in Sheffield enjoy reading, a couple of the girls decided to set up a book club and Girlboss was the first book chosen. It’s not a particularly long read, and a good choice to allow most of us to finish it in time. I read it over a few days. But I maybe only sat for 30 minutes at a time to get through it. It’s a good length to get you back into reading if you’ve had a break!
I’m honestly not sure where to start with this book. I didn’t know much about it before I picked it up and even now I’m not sure I understand it. I think it’s meant to be a mix of memoir, advice and feminist lit? The overall message seems to be lost along the way and I’m not sure what the purpose of the book was. Maybe I’m missing something? Honestly though, I loved the first couple of chapters. There’s a feeling that you are going to be given the secrets to unlocking your own potential. You feel hopeful and optimistic about what is to come. But I was ultimately left a little disappointed. The reiteration of not giving up and working towards your goals may be the only bit of advice I’ve taken from this.
Without going into too much detail, Girlboss deals with how Sophia Amoruso set up her original ebay store when she was supposed to be working in one of the many jobs she didn’t take seriously. She doesn’t seem to see anything wrong with this, there is no judgement from her for her past behaviour. But then she goes on to talk about how when looking at prospective employees she wants to know they are loyal to her company. She doesn’t want them to give their real ideas of what they want to do in 2 years unless it’s progress within her company. Which I understand, all businesses want loyalty but it’s a little jarring to read like this.
Sophia tends to come across a little hypocritical with this stance. She spends a good portion of the book stating how she never fitted in, and how she didn’t give it her all when she had the jobs she did have. But then expects new employees for her to be the opposite of what she was. I’d like to say this is because she has matured and grown as a person. But with the way she talks about her past it seems a little unlikely. She doesn’t seem to have many issues with how she behaved.
If this had solely been a memoir, I think I may have enjoyed it more. The segments about her past and how she went through her life were really interesting, but they were only tiny snippets. I get the feeling that if she had done a story of how she came to start her business I’d have enjoyed it more. It may have flown better and maybe it would have explained better as well? Although I’m not sure that I could have read a lot about her dumpster diving for bagels…
Despite the fact that I don’t really know the purpose of the book, I did enjoy some of the aspects of it. Every so often you will come across a mini story written by a girlboss. It allowed us to see how different people had arrived at their dream job. Sure they don’t go into as much detail but they were fascinating and added an extra dimension to the book.
Another thing I really liked about the book was the use of quotes. Each chapter had mini segments that were separated by a quote that linked to that area. There was a mix of obscure and slightly more common quotes. I found the more obscure ones to be the best as they were a welcome change. If only my memory was good enough to remember them!
Overall, I think the book was okay. It’s not something I’d want to read again. The genre was different to what you normally find on my bookshelf, and for that I’m grateful. The Netflix show also appeals to me more now, but I hope it has more explanation in it!
If anyone has any differing opinions on Girlboss I’d love to read them. And I’d be grateful if anyone could enlighten me to the book’s purpose. If you want to read it for yourself it is available on amazon here*.
Hasta la fuego
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