Title: Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned by Lena Dunham
Genre: Humor, Biography
Publisher: Random House Audio
Length: 6 hours
Format: Audiobook via Scribd
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Rating – 3/5 stars – I liked it
In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told.
“Take My Virginity (No Really, Take It)” is the account of Dunham’s first time, and how her expectations of sex didn’t quite live up to the actual event (“No floodgate had been opened, no vault of true womanhood unlocked”); “Girls & Jerks” explores her former attraction to less-than-nice guys—guys who had perfected the “dynamic of disrespect” she found so intriguing; “Is This Even Real?” is a meditation on her lifelong obsession with death and dying—what she calls her “genetically predestined morbidity.” And in “I Didn’t F*** Them, but They Yelled at Me,” she imagines the tell-all she will write when she is eighty and past caring, able to reflect honestly on the sexism and condescension she has encountered in Hollywood, where women are “treated like the paper thingies that protect glasses in hotel bathrooms—necessary but infinitely disposable.”
Exuberant, moving, and keenly observed, Not That Kind of Girl is a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up. “I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you,” Dunham writes. “But if I can take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, 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 will have been worthwhile.”
Happy Wednesday! I spent yesterday listening to Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham on Audiobook. I discovered Lena Dunham through watching her show Girls and I really, really loved what I have seen of the show so far . When I saw this book via one of Book Riot’s vlogs, I knew I had to pick it up at some point and read it. I wanted to know more about Lena Dunham and I really like her sense of humor.
While there were some funny moments in the book and even some moments of wisdom, I found it sort of lacking. I think I had hyped this book up so much in my mind that when it actually came down to it, it just didn’t meet my expectations. To me it just seemed like a mish mash of memories without really a cohesive message or story to it. I felt like Amy Poehler’s book definitely accomplished more of what I desired to read in a book like this. I still think Lena Dunham is fantastic and I love her work but I just wanted something more out of this book.
I am, however, super glad that I listened to the audiobook version (which I listened to on Scribd. I may not have enjoyed the book quite if I hadn’t listened to the audiobook version because I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Lena narrate her own stories. It wasn’t a long listen, it was six hours so that’s one of the shorter length audiobooks I have listened to so far.
One thing I did like about this book and about Lena is that she is wholly unapologetic about her past and who she is. I think that is tremendous and I totally respect her for putting herself out there and just saying this is me, like me or hate me, I don’t fucking care. I absolutely love that about her. She’s definitely real and fabulous. To me, it was worth the read to be able to learn a bit more about her even though I wasn’t a huge fan of this book I still liked it and found something to enjoy about it so I gave it a three star review.