If there is a book that been all over the media it’s ‘Not That Kind Of Girl’ by Lena Dunham. The creator and star of HBO series ‘Girls’ and all around incredible lady writes of journey through life so far… And it’s an interesting ride.
Dunham is known for being outspoken. Undoubtably Lena is very talented at what she does and an excellent storyteller but I just didn’t really relate to Dunham and her life very much. The collection of personal essays is written in a very honest way which I have to commend Lena for (however as I say later on, I question the validity in some of the recounts). Dunham speaks of crushes as a teenage, being a curious child and even speaks of her writing and creative process. A common theme through the whole book though is Dunham’s constant feeling of isolation, desperation and anxiety. I really did loved the way she spoke about a whole range of topics like relationships and sex, fearing death, body image and her struggles with finding a career path. Even though I didn’t share the same views or relate to her thoughts, I did enjoy reading about someone else’s perspective for a little while.
Lena speaks of her sexual curiosity that she experienced from as young as seven. If you read any sort of social media then you probably caught wind of the controversy surrounding her and her sister’s childhood. I pushed all of that too the back of my mind whilst reading but it was hard as I knew what was coming. Honestly, there were a few of her personal stories I found cringe-worthy and a few dry jokes I couldn’t get past.
Not because of the age or reading about the sexually awkward encounters and experiences but because I personally never experienced anything like that growing up. And no I’m not a prude. I do believe we are all sexual beings and when we first discover our sexuality we don’t know where the boundaries are or what’s appropriate and not. I also think that the recounts in the book may be a little exaggerated by Dunham for the sake of a better story (or due to her writing based off a 7 year olds memory) but regardless I found it uncomfortable to read. I can’t put a finger on what it is that makes me more uneasy – the way the recount is told or whether I’m truly offended by the actions of the seven year old.
Aside from all that, I found the book fairly hard too get through. Am I only the one? I feel like most people who have read the book have enjoyed it. The personal essay structure of the book just didn’t appeal to me and I found it very hard to follow as there wasn’t a clear storyline but more so a collection of personal essays. As I said earlier, I just didn’t relate to Lena’s experiences. I appreciated delving into someone else’s mind for a little while but in instance it was uncomfortable and cringe-worthy.
Have you read this book? What did you think about it?
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