Book Review: NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL BY LENA DUNHAM

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just finished reading Not That Kind of Girl and I know I am behind the curve on praising this; however, it is SO good. A fun airplane read or when you want to zone out before bed, Not That Kind of Girl is funny, honest, and entertaining. This book is a collection of short stories from the life of Lena Dunham filled with emails, love notes, and essays. Even though Lena is known as a serious actress and feminist, this book showcases those points yet does not make a political statement so much as a personal one. Serious? No. Serious Literature? Definitely not. But a fun read? Sure. If you like funny stories told in an autobiographical sense that aren’t anything you have heard before, pick this up today! The opening of this book is “If I could take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you,” she writes, “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 was worthwhile.”From the get-go, it is clear Lena is writing to act as the cool yet crazy older friend some of us were lucky enough to have as we were growing up – and still want in our lives. Occasionally, however, the theme does feel a bit too familiar in this collection of crazy tales. Struggles to lose weight,  sibling conflicts, getting a job, and going to camp all have funny stories about them, yes, but are ways to remember and recount your own relationship with each of these things throughout your own life. When reading this, please remember to not think of Lena Dunham as a person to support or be against, or as someone we all have to listen to, even if the events seem repetitive, just think of her work as “A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned.”

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