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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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 "Brie"

Waste of a credit...

What disappointed you about Not That Kind of Girl?

This is a memoir of a pretentious 20-something who led a very uneventful life. Why a life like her's warrants a memoir, I do not know.
She never addresses how she became successful. She spends an entire mind-numbing chapter (about 20 minutes) listing her food diary. I think she expected her OCD and sexual issues/escapades to be funny, like in a David Sedaris novel. Unfortunately, Lena Dunham is not half the writer that David Sedaris is.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lena Dunham?

Anyone else. Her habit of whining or turning every phrase up at the end (like a question) was very off-putting. I thought that was a character choice on Girls. No, she is really that annoying.

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- MC

Book Details

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