The Feminist Book Club: I'm Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham


This book was captivating. I dove in with no expectations or prior knowledge about Lena Dunham's life. Honestly, her life isn't the impressive part. What is impressive is the blunt and candid nature of her writing, and I assume her nature in general. There were multiple sections of this book that made me cringe. There were multiple sections of this book that made me feel connected with past experiences and parts of myself, I have rarely really ever been comfortable thinking about. In this small way, this book changed my life. I don't even know if it changed my life for the better, but it changed my life. I have spent a lot more time seriously reflecting the oddest things, and I love it. It also has inspired me to perhaps write a candid memoir at a young age and a collection of essays in a similar fashion one day. I had some tumultuous moments and discouraging boredom through a few parts, but by the end I was so sad to finish the last page that I even read the acknowledgements enthusiastically, wanting to hear more narrative in Lena's imaginary voice (as I have never even heard her speak). I might re-read this as soon as possible. I am not sure this book is to everyone's taste though; in fact, I'm rather sure that it might not be to the taste of a lot of my associations. But I loved it. I loved it in the same way I loved the Vagina Monologues. If you liked the Vagina Monologues, you will like Lena Dunham. (I also imagine that she would find such a recommendation complimentary and hilarious). This one is a keeper on my bookshelf.
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