Summary: For readers or listeners of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms Lena Dunham – the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO’s Girls – as one of the brightest and most original writers working today.
“If I can take what I’ve learned in this life and make one treacherous relationship or degrading job easier for you, perhaps even prevent you from becoming temporarily vegan, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile. This book contains stories about wonderful nights with terrible boys and terrible days with wonderful friends, about ambition and the two existential crises I had before the age of twenty. About fashion and its many discontents. About publicly sharing your body, having to prove yourself in a meeting full of fifty-year-old men, and the health fears (tinnitus, lamp dust, infertility) that keep me up at night. I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you with this book, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or having the kind of sexual encounter where you keep your sneakers on. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist, or a registered dietician. I am not a married mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in self-actualization, sending hopeful dispatches from the front lines of that struggle.” Read more.
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Lena Dunham: Not That Kind of Girl Audio Book Summary
Not That Kind of Girl (2014) is the work of Lena Dunham the producer, writer and actress of the HBO series Girls. Beyond belonging to the autobiographical genre, it calls itself a survival guide for all those women who do not feel “the type of girl”.
It is original to find an autobiographical book of such a young woman; With only 27 years (when the book was published) Lena has much to tell. It pretends to narrate in a humorous and truthful way subjects related to what a girl experiences when growing up; So that the public, especially the female can identify. The book achieves a certain intimacy as if a close friend was telling her anecdotes.
It is comprised of five sections: Love and Sex, Body, Friendship, Work, and Overview. Together, they tell of Lena’s experiences as her first love, her first approaches to sex, her first work, her relationship with food, her self-image, her professional ambitions, her challenges and all those events that were forging her personality.
One aspect that should be mentioned in the book is its narrative with a touch of humor and sarcasm that makes it look like nothing was so important as to take it too seriously, or that nothing is so serious as not to be able to externalize it.
It is a book about real women, those who do not fit the celebrity stereotype or magazine model, those women who once felt insecure with themselves, who felt they did not fit in, felt different, had disappointments of love, Is a book of the normal problems of a girl.
As well as he speaks unobtrusively of the problems of daily life, he also addresses with total honesty his personal problems such as obsessive compulsive disorder, the coming and going of psychological and psychiatric therapies, apparent rape, eating disorders, toxic relationships and anxiety, That is why the book in general is aimed at a specific profile of girl who could identify with Lena or her character in Girls.
Even so, it is not really a book of deep reflections or philosophical questions about existence, it is simply a book told by a girl who wants to be heard and hopes that the message can serve someone.
On the other hand, something that did not like much of the book is that Lena is in love with Lena, she invests too much time in self-analysis, it is as if she was always in her inner world, talking about herself, complaining about everything. She loves to say how crazy she is, she had problems; And it’s great that she feels so comfortable with herself, she certainly conveys it, but sometimes she feels as if she takes advantage of situations to sell her brand persona.
It seems that everything happens to him positive or negative, instead of living it as a normal person so to speak; He uses it for the creation of his character and then narrates it in his TV series, in his book or in his blog.
On the other hand, honest books are certainly appreciated, which try to speak from the heart, but in this the hand was passed; There are chapters in what is really, too much information, not in terms of extension, but in the sense that it wants to tell us everything and there are some things should be kept for itself not because we scandalise, it is just that they are in bad taste.