I just finished reading Lena Dunham's book "Not That Kind of Girl" and had to share how much I absolutely loved it! I'd been looking forward to it since I first heard she signed a book deal, and the end result did not disappoint. Dunham may be controversial, but I can't help but love her! She seems to normal that I find her success extremely inspiring, rather than seeing her as this perfect and unattainable flawless paragon of creativity.
Her book definitely reinforces that image. Full of embarrassing stories and fun anecdotes, Dunham sounds more like a friend than a celebrity. Even though I'm well aware her upbringing was privileged, I found myself totally able to relate to her childhood experiences, fears, and random anecdotes. She comes across as normal, someone I could totally imagine gabbing with over coffee.
Dunham's honesty has always been something I admired. She's not interested in seeming more put together than she is, and that means a lot to me as a writer. I see what she has done and think that I can do it as well, not that she has some unimaginable perfection that I can never even hope to accomplish with a sink full of dishes and social anxiety. When she describes herself a quitter, I nearly cheered -- for I am also someone who is very good at starting things, but not finishing them.
If you're looking for an inspiring but down-to-Earth read, definitely pick up a copy. It's thoroughly enjoyable, just gossipy enough, and leaves you with a feeling like you've just had a long heart-to-heart with a friend.
Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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