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NO THANKS, #GIRLBOSS


A few months ago, after I'd battled through Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl, I made an agreement with myself to steer clear of vacuous 'celebrity' books. I stuck to it for a few weeks, but then my craving for real-life stories kicked in and I bought Sophia Amoruso's #GirlBoss. A terrible decision. I didn't hate it as much as I hated Not The Kind of Girl, but nothing could quite compare to the heinous drivel that Dunham spouts in her so-called life lessons. It has, however, earned a place on my list of the worst books I've ever read. Here's why...

1. THE TITLE
If Amoruso thinks I'm actually going to say 'hashtag girlboss' she needs to think again. I can't, no.. I won't do that. Why? Because hashtags aren't meant to be spoken. And, more importantly, if I were thinking of starting my own business, it wouldn't take a pink book and a feminized job title to convince me. Quit patronising women.

2. GENRE, OR LACK THEREOF
Amoruso is very clear about the fact that #GirlBoss is not a memoir or an autobiography, but rather, it's a 'how to' book for business-minded women. And that would be great, if (a) she didn't spend 240 pages blowing her own trumpet, and (b) she channelled some energy into actually talking about business.

3. IT'S 'CHEERLEADER' CHEESY
Not only does Amoruso omit any practical business advice (perhaps she thinks it's too hardcore for her audience?), but she replaces it with the kind of superficial mantras you'd expect to hear from a leotard-wearing 1980s fitness guru. If I wanted to be told to 'be your own idol' or that 'fortune favours action' I'd visit Pinterest. Sophia, ya ready to tell me something I don't know?

In conclusion, this book was not written for you, or me, or any other woman. Amoruso doesn't even seem to like women; she goes well out of her way to clarify that she's not one of those feminists. Rather, #GirlBoss was written for the media. With hundreds of glaring 'quotable' sentences, it's so transparent that you'd be able to see straight through it, that is, if it weren't for the cheap blackened pages that make you feel like you're reading The Sun. It's nothing more than an ego-trip, and a dull one at that. Give it a miss.

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  1. Glad that a lot of these 'hyped' books really don't tickle my interest. Will definitely give this a miss.

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

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    1. It's just a media book. It sounds good, looks good, so it catches on!

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  2. I'm ready this at the moment, I'm actually quite enjoying it, but to be honest I do completely agree with all the points you mentioned here - she gives no useful business advice, it is basically just her telling her story with the odd bit of vague Pinterest-y advice aha!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. Exactly, and that would be cool... except she says it's not a memoir! It avoids a deliberate genre to appeal to a wider audience, and in the end, it's not useful to readers; if I bought it because I wanted to read a memoir, I'd be disappointed by the lack of personal confessions; if I bought it because I needed business advice, I'd be at a loss! Gah, it's my biggest pet-peeve, haha. x

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  3. I was soso close to picking this up, thank you for warning us about this book- it sounds awful!

    My Little Online Space

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    1. It's just so vacant! Hopefully I'll find some more inspiring female non-fiction to share soon! x

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  4. Love this! I was going to read Not That Kind Of Girl but got told it was heartbreakingly awful and am glad to hear an honest review of this book. It was also quite a funny review too! Will be looking for more inspiring books to read. :)

    viicreative.co.uk

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