If you read this blog, you probably know that I love Lena Dunham and I love Girls. I didn’t read this book for a long time because I read some problematic commentary of it online (regarding alleged sexual abuse). However, I decided to read it for myself. For the record, I don’t believe that Lena sexually abused her younger sister. She was a little kid when it happened, and she didn’t know any better. I recently participated in a workshop about children and sexual abuse for my upcoming job this summer, and they talked about instances with children as the people doing the act. At young ages, it is not the child’s fault (it is often something learned and indicates that something similar has happened to them or something about their environment). I obviously don’t know anything about Lena’s childhood other than what she has revealed (and even then it may not be reliable), so I am not one to judge. Anyways, with that out of the way…
Not That Kind of Girl is a compilation of essays written by Lena about relationships, body image, sex,friendship, work, and her life in general. The timeline of these essays spans her whole life: childhood, college, her current work. In the book, Lena shares these stories to show the reader what she has learned in her struggles with growing up, which many people in today’s generation can relate to. Here are two quotes, just because I like them so much:
“Throughout the day I often ask myself, Could I fall asleep right now? and the answer is always a resounding yes.”
“I didn’t know why this was happening. The cruel reality of anxiety is that you never quite do. At the moments it should logically strike, I am fit as a fiddle. On a lazy afternoon, I am seized by a cold dread.”
My rating: 5/5 stars. I really enjoyed this book, and I felt like I could relate to Lena and her experiences
in a lot of different ways. Her essays had the perfect mix of humor and seriousness, and she inspired me to start trying to write my own essays. I would recommend this book to fans of Girls and girls who are trying to navigate the complexities of transitioning into adulthood in general.