The BookLook

The BookLook: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

by Gemma Pearson

So, exactly what type of girl is Lena Dunham? If I remind you that the creator of HBO’s series Girls, used the words ‘….it looks like cake and feels like sweatpants’ to describe her 2014 Emmy Awards dress, do you get an idea?

The BookLook: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Having just seen her talk at London’s Southbank Centre for her book tour, she is even more fabulous, enigmatic and warm than previously suspected. It was here, aided by Caitlin Moran, she shared her thoughts on over-sharing, anxiety, rebellion and eating carbs.

After devouring this new read, her first book, I’ve found that she’s the kind of girl to think too deeply about everything, to worship her sister, to be grateful for a lovely childhood but still be angry, to enjoy being naked even though she doesn’t look like a model, to come to terms with not being like everyone else, to have an internet boyfriend that ‘dies’, to champion other girls’ success, to think about death a bit too much and to have a wonky uterus.

The truth is, in one way or another, Lena Dunham is just like the rest of us, just a little more amplified. Her afflictions don’t scream ‘amazing famous person’, even though that’s what she is.

The content of her book is more generous in truth and lacking in censorship that you would expect from others, but this signature candour is never gratuitous. Indeed, I’m thrilled that one of the 18 unlikely things she has said flirtatiously is ‘I seriously don’t care if you shoplift’. Whilst not one on my list, I hope it worked for her.

Joking aside, this book is her way of sharing some of the things that she’s experienced and learned along the way. I’d recommend that you add it to your Christmas list, but I’m just not sure you should wait that long!


You can grab your own copy of Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham in hard cover, kindle or kindle for iPad from Amazon.

2 responses to “The BookLook: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham”

  1. Sarah Foote says:

    I loved the show Girls! I wouldn’t mind reading this since she seems like such an interesting person and very strong-willed and opinionated! Thanks for the reminder to read this 🙂

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  2. Sarah says:

    I’ve been meaning to pick this up! I loved her in the series Girls so I know I’ll love the book 🙂

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