Book Brief: Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba

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girl codeGirl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur
Cara Alwill Leyba
Portfolio/ Penguin Random House, 2015, 2017

The Idea

If you are a male entrepreneur, you may want to skip this month’s book review. This month, it’s all about the women, as Cara Alwill Leyba shares her coaching philosophies in the cloak of bright shininess and luxe living.

This book evolved from her blog,, that she created while working at MTV to track her weight loss journey. Through this journey, she discovered her empowerment, deciding that The Champagne Diet is more about celebrating our lives, our bodies and our health every day; that we need to live our most effervescent lives, celebrate ourselves and always leave room for a glass of champagne.

Recommended For

  • The woman who becomes jealous when she learns about another businesswoman’s success
  • The person who knows that connecting with others will catapult her business but isn’t sure how to do it
  • The business woman who want to build her self-confidence
  • The female entrepreneur who believes she need to clean up her personal “house” in order to prosper her business “house.”

The Pros

It’s a fun and engaging read. Not unlike other self-help pros, Alwill Leyba bases much of her advice in her own experience, but her point of view is really fun. Her idea, “Creating your Champagne Life” is consistent throughout the book. Who doesn’t love a self-help book that includes chapters entitled, “Trust You Own Brilliance” and “Look for the Diamond Lining?”

The book is part reader and part workbook. There are Girl Code: Secrets interspersed in every chapter (takeaways/ deep thoughts) and each ends an interview with a female entrepreneur (Girl Code: Unlocked), an exercise (Girl Code: Extra Credit) and a Girl Code: Notes page with the prompt. “My Biggest Takeaway From this Chapter:”

The Cons

There was nothing earth-shaking about this book. A few revelations, a few “no kiddings” and a few “really?” moments, but nothing that I haven’t heard before. Presentation was unique, but topic isn’t.

To Buy or Not to Buy

This was a borrow book. I did take notes in a separate notebook, since I didn’t think future readers would appreciate my commentary.  I am curious about her other books, but my gut says they will all be very similar, so I’ll borrow those as well. However, this book could be a great gift for a friend who is starting on the entrepreneurial journey, someone who checks their value through the lens of someone else’s success or someone who appreciates a stylish and edgy approach to her life and her business.

Shared Insight

I loved many of the Girl Code secret quotes, including:

“Her success is not your failure”

“Insecurity competes, confidence empowers”

“Interrupt Fear with Gratitude”

My favorite quote, which wasn’t a Girl Code: Secret, but should be:

“Fear wears many different outfits and not one of them is cute.”


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