Lena Dunham is “Not That Kind of Girl”


Credit: Meghan Schuyler/The Foothill Dragon Press

Meghan Schuyler


Credit: Meghan Schuyler/The Foothill Dragon Press
“Not That Kind of Girl” is a comedic collection of essays by Lena Dunham that illustrates lessons she has learned through her life and highlights issues Dunham has seen in society. Credit: Meghan Schuyler/The Foothill Dragon Press

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman,” the prologue announces. Lena Dunham, thus, used this gusto to compose a collection of essays about her life into a bestselling memoir.

The twenty-eight year old actress/screenwriter/producer establishes herself as an author to be remembered in “Not That Kind of Girl,” which is heartbreakingly honest, and vulgarly humorous.

Dunham’s new memoir proves that she is not in fact “that kind of girl,” although this title goes deeper than what it appears to be on the surface.

Dunham’s novel consists of her sharing her own embarrassing moments and deepest concerns. She does this in five major categories labeled Love & Sex, Body, Friendship, Work, and Big Picture.

Within these sections she describes the most pathetic email she ever sent, recounts thirteen things she’s learned are not okay to say to her friends, and supplies readers with a guide of how to run away for both nine-year-old girls, and twenty-seven-year-old women. These components result in the memoir being frequently self-deprecating, while still maintaining an element of profoundness.

“Not That Kind of Girl” is not completely solemn however, and is in fact packed with comedic advice. This form of humor kept me entertained and amused, and enhanced the reading experience.

One such pieces of advice reads, “Weak eyebrows = weak presentation. It’s like having a bad handshake, but worse because it’s right on your face,” a line that reasserted my desire to continue reading.

Dunham is also the creator, writer, and star of the critically acclaimed HBO television series Girls, and has received two Golden Globes for her work on the show. Additionally, she has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards, and is the first woman to win a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series. She can now add successful author to her list of accomplishments.

Currently, Dunham is embarking on “Not That Kind of Tour,” to celebrate the publication of her memoir, and interact with audience members who attend the events.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is still figuring out who they want to be, or is uncomfortable with the person they already are. Dunham recounts her lack of direction, confused frenzies about life in general, and how she’s still not entirely certain what she is doing, or what she wants to do next.

“No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist, or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle,” she said.

Most teenagers can identify with this sort of perplexion and uncertainty that she so heavily addresses; I know I did.

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