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Not That Kind of Girl - Lena Dunham

Not That Kind of Girl

Author Lena Dunham

  • Published: 2014-09-30
  • Category: Humour
4 Stars
4
From 148 Customers Review
Price: $13.99

Description

From the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO’s Girls comes a hilarious, wise, and fiercely candid collection of personal essays that establishes Lena Dunham as one of the most original young talents writing today.
 
            In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and, most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told.
            “Take My Virginity (No, Really, Take It)” is the account of Dunham’s first time, and how her expectations of sex didn’t quite live up to the actual event (“No floodgate had been opened, no vault of true womanhood unlocked”); “Girls & Jerks” explores her former attraction to less-than-nice guys—guys who had perfected the “dynamic of disrespect” she found so intriguing; “Is This Even Real?” is a meditation on her lifelong obsession with death and dying—what she called her “genetically predestined morbidity.” And in “I Didn’t F**k Them, but They Yelled at Me,” she imagines the tell-all she will write when she is eighty and past caring, able to reflect honestly on the sexism and condescension she has encountered in Hollywood, where women are “treated like the paper thingies that protect glasses in hotel bathrooms—necessary but infinitely disposable.”
            Exuberant, moving, and keenly observed, Not That Kind of Girl is a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up. “I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you,” Dunham writes. “But if I can take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile.”

Top Customer Reviews

  • Disappointing

    2
    From AliH04
    Neither funny nor insightful, a tiresome monologue by an author I expected more from.
  • Obnoxious

    1
    From Krelk
    Chapters of complaints and annoying observations.
  • Interestingly unusual girl...

    3
    From Mistercoot
    To be fair, I've never seen Girls, and have only glimpsed Lena Dunham in US magazine. Although I appreciate her brutal honesty, and support her efforts in showing that successful women need not fit a certain mold, I found her writing style a bit choppy and all over the place. She is friends with Taylor Swift though, and that alone means she's okay in my book.:) (no pun intended)
  • Pretty disappointed

    1
    From CanadaGurlllll
    I was really excited to get this book based on all the great reviews it got, but I found it to be quite narcissistic, pretentious, and patheticly sad. She is simply a wealthy hipster who is capitalizing on her regular existence.
  • Brilliant

    5
    From Sggreen
    Brilliantly executed