not that kind of girl book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Not That Kind of Girl is a collection of stories and essays, biographical in nature, by actress/artist Lena Dunham. The book gives us a peek into Lena’s life and how she coped with everything from finding love and being in relationships, to being lonely and obsessed with weight, as well as various other experiences that are so bizarre, they couldn’t be made up.

Lena takes us on a journey through “taboo” experiences that just about every female has gone thru, such as losing your virginity and exploring your own sexuality. She teaches us that these things are just a part of life and there’s nothing wrong with experimenting until you find what does or doesn’t work for you as an individual. She also about being accepting of people who choose a way that doesn’t necessarily match the way that works for you.

As the book progressed, I felt like her character in “Girls”, the HBO series, is essentially a portrayal of her own self. By the way she tells us about her life, it’s mostly a matter of changing the names of the people around her rather than changing any personality traits or events that transpired. She’s the type of girl I’d love to know one minute, but would be exasperated to the point of wanting to strangler her the next minute. There were a few stories she told that made me wonder about boundaries and about the presence, or maybe lack thereof, of her parents. Either way, Lena apparently has no shame, is utterly unapologetic, and there’s definitely not a dull moment around Lena whether you like it or not.

Not That Kind of Girl is a rather curious biography, but it was intriguing and refreshingly honest. There are a full range of evoking moments that will make your jaw drop, put you into a depression, and make you giggle snort in surprise. (Which my co-workers must be wondering about as I listened via Audible while I was at work.) Love her or hate her, agree or disagree, Lena Dunham is blunt and honest, and I think that’s something to be respected.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She is a full time mom and enjoys writing short stories in her spare time. She also likes watching anime, reading books, and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Audible.com. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.