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Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”


Out of everyone I’ve spoken with about this book, I feel like I am the only person who didn’t have a positive opinion of it.

I’ve been asked if I like HBO’s Girls or Lena’s movie Tiny Furniture, which I answered, “Yes”. But that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy this book.

I thought the chapters on the contents of her purse and her food diary were a waste of time to read. What was the point of this? To fill space because Lena is too young to have lived enough to write her memoirs? Whatever the reason maybe, I feel she was trying to get the page count up.not that kind of girl

I did enjoy some of the book. Mostly about her dealing with her OCD, but most of the stories irked me. I just want to give her a hug and tell her that she should take charge of her sexuality and not allow men to treat her so poorly. Also, if you are drinking heavily and doing a bunch of drugs have a buddy not allow you to sleep with anyone because apparently you cannot make good decisions on your own.

The chapter where she describes her rape, you might pass by as another crazy night in Lena’s life. She seems to glance over it as the act of violence that it is, and makes it seem like she just brushed it off, other than the physical pain she had to endure afterwards. It came across as an uncomfortable first sexual encounter with a guy who was way too rough in the sac and after noticing he wasn’t wearing a condom didn’t do too much about it. I do not want to dismiss her and rape is very horrific and I hope I misinterpreted how she wanted to convey her tale of rape to the world. I also hope she takes a stand against what happened to her, even though what I’ve read recently is describing Lena as she is defending the accused. I hope Lena shows young women out there that this is a situation that should not be taken lightly and makes a positive statement to those who look to her as a role model.

I guess I am more about biographies about empowering women and role models for our youth and this is definitely not the case in this book.


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