I can’t tell if this book is a memoir masquerading as a self-help book or vice versa. It is truly interesting to read about Miss Amoruso’s unconventional path to success, but to me, the book felt over wrought in its attempts to give advice. Miss Amoruso attempts to navigate the fine line between giving advice in a cool, relate-able way and sounding like your annoying know iit all older sister.

The chapters are littered with cliched (but good, nonetheless) quotes and advice, and each one ends with a “witty” observation meant to capture the spirit of the chapter — some are funnier than others. Her overwhelming use of #GIRLBOSS to describe successful women annoyed me in general.

Overall, it was difficult for me to discern who her intended audience is. Frequently throughout the book it seemed as though she was catering toward teenage girls with advice like, “money looks better in the bank than it does on your feet”, basic interviewing advice and “Take pride in what you do. Don’t do sloppy work”.

If #GIRLBOSS does offer one transcending piece of wisdom, it is this:

The Straight and Narrow is not the only path to Success.

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Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter

This book is a modern whodunit with a golden girl gone bad main character. The main character, Jane, has recently been released after 10 years in prison for the murder of her mother. But she’s not sure she’s guilty. The book is effectively Jane’s quest to figure out exactly how her mother died.

Jane is surprisingly endearing. Snarky, sassy, an all around great character. It was odd though that despite her being the main character I was left wanting to know more about her. What happened to Jane that made her forget what happened? Something like a murder should be pretty memorable. What happened to Jane while she was in prison? What about her readjustment to life after prison? Continue reading