Not That Kind of Girl

Lena Dunham’s “Not That Kind of Girl” is a collection of personal essays regarding her childhood and what she has learned in her 30 years of life. My previous books before this were all leaning toward the memoir side whereas Dunham’s writing left me wondering if these were all true accounts or truths with exaggeratingly fictitious elements. Despite Dunham’s unmistakable voice, Dunham’s stories didn’t appeal to my taste.

Dunham speaks to a startling relatable young girl’s stream of consciousness and how it not only affected her but is constantly affecting women all over the world. Much like my feelings about Dunham herself, I am still undecided. At times, I feel as though we are kindred spirits dealing with similar anxieties, body issues and passions and then there are times that her overwhelming opinions and irrational actions annoy me endlessly (see: Odell Beckham drama). I would probably recommend this to audiences between the ages of 20-30 to writers specifically but also to anyone looking to bask in the nostalgia of their youth alongside Dunham. I purchased the book and actually may be willing to give it away to someone