The bookshelf – Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham


Have you read it? I might be a little behind the game, but I wait until my turn for the library comes, so sometimes I have to wait…that’s the name of the game (especially in a smaller town). With that said, I couldn’t wait to get into it, especially after all of the reviews and the bit of controversy that rose once it was released.

For those of you who don’t know-Lena Dunham takes her readers on a journey through all of the issues that women deal with-relationships, body image, love, sex, parents, weight, loneliness, mental illness and the job search to name a few; but it’s all written from a quintessential Lena Dunham’s perspective. It’s funny, it’s witty and it’s personal—it’s one of those “no holds barred” type of books.

So what did I think of it? I liked it, it kept me occupied, and I finished it for sure. I could relate to the general theme of a lot of what Dunham was saying, but if I’m going to be honest, I didn’t have as much in common with her as I thought I was going to. I mean, I knew differences were going to arise considering the fame of her parents, the fame of her, the fact that she lives in a huge city, the fact that she’s Lena Dunham for god’s sake, but we all have relationship issues and self esteem issues and growing up issues, so I thought that I would relate a little bit more than I did. With this said, I think maybe that’s why it lacked the humor and the affirmation that I was looking for. Regardless though, I think that she’s a great storyteller and a fantastic creative and really, really enjoyed getting a glimpse into someone’s life that I wouldn’t otherwise begin to even imagine what it would look like. And, considering all of our differences and the fact that I really couldn’t relate, I did recognize some major similarities from time to time. It just made me think that women are women and if possible, this book made even more proud to be one.

Did you read this book? What did you think? And, what did you think of the controversy that came up with the book?


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