Lena Dunham, star and creator of the HBO TV show Girls, writes about the experiences she’s had that have in some way shaped who she is today. She candidly talks about everything from her past jobs to all the often-awkward sexual encounters.
I admit, I’ve only seen the first season of Girls, and thought it was okay. I liked that it was more “real” than Sex & the City, which the show was constantly being pushed as… “a Sex and the City for the younger generation”, the “new Sex & the City“. I knew who Lena Dunham was but I didn’t know very much about her. Until now. One of the most commendable aspects of Not That Kind of Girl is just how frank and open she is at discussing all aspects of her life experiences thus far. She infuses awkwardness with humour in what results in a candid collection of essays and stories from her youth.
Strangely enough, while she’s very upfront with her stories in the book, I still felt it hard to understand or relate to her, even though she’s only 5 years my junior. Truth be told, it wasn’t until I saw her in person at the Appel Salon that I got a sense of what she’s like. What she had to say in person during the interview felt more full of wisdom, and what I felt was a bit lacking in the book. True, the subtitle includes “learned” in quotation marks, but I didn’t necessarily feel this book conveyed her full potential. There were a lot of, perhaps, shock-value moments in the essays but I guess I wanted more than that – as entertaining to read as some of those stories were.