Not That Kind of Girl

  • by Lena Dunham
  • Narrated by Lena Dunham
  • 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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."

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Customer Reviews

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Some interesting parts, but on the whole... meh

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to an angsty, self-involved millennial friend with an obsession for journaling and oversharing. To other friends I may recommend the clever, hilarious autobiographies of Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling and others.


What do you think your next listen will be?

Amy Poehler's autobiography (not out yet).


What does Lena Dunham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I always like listening to autobiographies in the author's own voice. It feels like I am a priest at a very weird confessional.


Do you think Not That Kind of Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Maybe a book that covers her more mature years? She will probably be a very interesting 50-60 year old. Right now, maybe it was a little...silly?


Any additional comments?

I didn't much love the book, but I liked that Lena Dunham just went for it. She's a hot mess in many of her stories and she knows it. But by her own admission, she doesn't particularly mind getting naked in front of a camera, so I guess this is the literary version of that. She's a good writer, and many times I liked her turn of phrase. But it was all a little too self conscious for me to feel really engaged.

I felt like an old biddy constantly rolling my eyes at one or another of Dunham's blandishments about sex or the state of her emotional health.

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- Amazon Customer

Eh

What did you like best about Not That Kind of Girl? What did you like least?

I remember reading " Bossy Pants" and being delighted from the very first moment. This Book is the opposite of that. It is mostly a sad mosh-mash of psychosis. a young woman that spends most of her time worrying about things that don't make a bit of sense. Filled to the brim with sexual problems, true tales of sex that are not sexy or funny but like walking in on your parents. At the end you just kind of think " well, that just happened" and if you are me , wish you had just waited for the Amy Poehler book.


What could Lena Dunham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Give a little more and a little less. I wanted to hear about how she got noticed, how she made her show , her movies , something about the success and a little less about dysfunctional sex and fear of everything.


What didn’t you like about Lena Dunham’s performance?

It was ok .. It wasn't terrible.


Was Not That Kind of Girl worth the listening time?

not for me .


Any additional comments?

If you grew up very rich, overly analyzed and a little bit sad , this might make you happy.

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- Brie Stoll

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-30-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audio