Let me start of this slightly insulting series of statements with the fact that I am most definitely not part of this books ideal demographic. While ILet me start of this slightly insulting series of statements with the fact that I am most definitely not part of this books ideal demographic. While I am a twenty-something female possessing what could be politely described as an eclectic wardrobe, with an eye firmly fixed on observing how successful people around me perform and the other perusing endless internet interfaces, I have no spare care to give about fashion or being cool, and positively do not have a freak flag inside of me, no matter how alternative my lifestyle. Despite this, I wanted to give this book a chance. Don't judge a book by the cover, yada yada. #Girlboss is impressive in the fact that it simultaneously jumps through some years of her life with little explanation, yet is so repetitive with the various ways she determined the best pictures of items to on ebay or shoplifted various items that I probably deleted at least three from my memory, and there are still enough left to be annoying. Jumpiness and repetition aside, there was a brief second while reading it that I felt a glimmer of hope. It had a moment where I thought it was going to veer into being a decent tale of some of the more interesting autobiographical aspects of life that one does not immediately connect with a CEO of a giant company. After that moment it promptly spiraled into an odd chain of hackneyed advice that didn't always make sense in the order that they were provided. A few pieces of advice were original and unexpected, but for the most part it was a one way trip down cliché highway.
The rest of this is not at all review related, but I have no other method of getting it out, besides forcing a friend through the pain of reading this book to see if she or he takes away the same pointless details. Remarkably, to date this is the book that hold the record for times when an author unnecessarily addresses the reader in my literary experience. If each reader had a nickel for every time she wrote the phrase girlboss in this book, Nasty Gal would be bankrupt. On an unrelated note, having never heard of NastyGal prior to this book, I have since searched the website briefly. After glancing at a $28 tank top and $40 bikini bottoms, it is understandable why it was never on my radar. ...more
This is a book that is incredibly hard to categorize for me in any way. It was hard to rate and to shelve, and I feel like no matter what I say aboutThis is a book that is incredibly hard to categorize for me in any way. It was hard to rate and to shelve, and I feel like no matter what I say about it I should have a giant disclaimer at the top. When purchasing this book, I vaguely recalled hearing of it, and as it was only a dollar I grabbed it as my brain-cleansing filler until the next time I could make it to the library to finish the rest of my classic challenge. This was probably not the best decision, as the book is not restful or fluffy at all, but it was well written, and easily consumable, despite the subject matter. I don't know that I would ever recommend this book to anyone, because of the subject matter, however I am glad to have read it. I'm rather tough, at least emotionally, so it was fine, but if you are at all squeamish and reading this review, stop, and put the thought of reading this out of your mind right away. My biggest criticism of this book is that I would have liked to have heard more about the aftermath. The decade before the publication of the book was simplified into one chapter, and I would have been interested the the mentality behind sharing this particular part of a life with the world from the author's point of view, instead of being left to theorize by myself. ...more
I don't know that this book gave me a life-altering revelation, but it was an interesting, if inconclusive, read about sexuality. Above all else it maI don't know that this book gave me a life-altering revelation, but it was an interesting, if inconclusive, read about sexuality. Above all else it made me think that it is amazing the tests that scientists can get funded. It was an entertaining quick read.
This book was a fail for me in two ways. 1. Geisha information. Knowing a bit about Geisha culture, or at least once remembering a about a tenth of whThis book was a fail for me in two ways. 1. Geisha information. Knowing a bit about Geisha culture, or at least once remembering a about a tenth of what I once had researched in school, the vast majority of this information was repetitive, and sort of blandly stated. It didn't go nearly as in depth as I have in prior books or research, and therefore I just didn't find it as enjoyable as maybe a beginner to Japanese culture and Geisha would. On a side note, I find it amusing that he never mentions the fact that Geisha were originally men. 2. Without knowing anything about the author, besides it being a pen-name, I could tell nearly immediately that it was a man. No woman would recommend some of these rituals, for example, wear heels every day to get a man. Many of the recommendations sound very, for lack of a better word, petty, to me. There is no way as a non-drinking, underage female am I going to keep various wines on hand in my home. There were a few useful tidbits to be found, but they were mostly uninspired repetitions of standard romance advice column standbys, such as be attentive, have sex appeal, and keep your legs closed.
Not for me, but maybe someone else will enjoy it.
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I have attempted to drum up the motivation to write an amazing review for this book a few times, but it has not come to me, so...
It's a good book. ItI have attempted to drum up the motivation to write an amazing review for this book a few times, but it has not come to me, so...
It's a good book. It is a very engaging book for the subject matter, however it is still a rather hard facts book, and for most people it is not going to be a book that they will ever touch after reading the first chapter.
Most of the information is directed at very pointed problems, however, there is a lot of general information that can be taken away and applied to everyone's day to day life. You can just take the chapters that pertain to you and read them, but it is meant to be taken as a whole and I believe it should be taken in its entirety, at least initially.
Having said that, I had to force myself to go through some portions, however I am very glad that I did make it through. It is the type of resource book that I will probably keep around and refer back to in the future.