Not That Kind of Girl - Lena Dunham

Not That Kind of Girl

By Lena Dunham

  • Release Date: 2014-09-30
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 1,474 Ratings


For readers 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 could take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile. I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimidated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist, or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.”

Advance praise for Not That Kind of Girl
“It’s not Lena Dunham’s candor that makes me gasp. Rather, it’s her writing—which is full of surprises where you least expect them. A fine, subversive book.”—David Sedaris
“Always funny, sometimes wrenching, these essays are a testament to the creative wonder that is Lena Dunham.”—Judy Blume
“Dunham’s writing is just as smart, honest, sophisticated, dangerous, and charming as her work on Girls. Its essential quality is a kind of joyful super-awareness: of herself, the world, the human. Reading her makes you glad to be in the world, and glad that she’s in it with you.”—George Saunders
“Very few women have become famous for being who they actually are, nuanced and imperfect. When honesty happens, it’s usually couched in self-ridicule or self-help. Dunham doesn’t apologize like that—she simply tells her story as if it might be interesting. Not That Kind of Girl is hilarious, artful, and staggeringly intimate; I read it shivering with recognition.”—Miranda July
“This book should be required reading for anyone who thinks they understand the experience of being a young woman in our culture. I thought I knew the author rather well, and I found many (not altogether welcome) surprises.”—Carroll Dunham

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Sometimes light, easy read

    By Jesslynnmart34
    Dunham is a great writer. I'm very much a fan of hers and this book helped me understand Girls and how her experiences made way into the show. I read this in a couple of days on vacation. Will definitely read her next book!
  • So relatable

    By XOgrenadejumper
    As a 20 something year old girl, all of these essays really hit home, in both flow and content. One of those books that makes you feel like you're not alone. Really captures the selfishness of youth and the journey of adolescence into adulthood.
  • Yes!

    By Tajebear
    I couldn't put it down. So funny! Love her and this amazing book!
  • Ummm What??

    By AcaciaMarie
    What the hell was the point of this book? This isn't a book about what she has learned this is a book about every little stupid thought she has ever had which few people can even relate to. Waste of my time and money!!
  • Shouldn’t this book be listed in fiction?

    By prometheon123
    If her gigantic gaudy arm tattoo is not evidence enough, the overtly untrue “Raped by a Republican” chapter in this book clearly shows she is one very disturbed person.
  • Honest female humor, raw fun.

    By Keylimecat
    Praying Lena writes more books. I'm inspired to write but could never create something as humble & fun as this read.
  • What just happened?

    By NZflowergirl
    Very difficult to follow. Would not recommend.
  • Great book

    By Hangman9009
    This book is a wonderful insight into Lena Dunham's brain. Great to buy if you are a Girls fan, or have seen Tiny Furniture, or like reading about slightly neurotic and interesting people growing up.
  • Wow

    By STG1000
    This was a great book. It was very reminiscent of my own childhood and young adulthood. So glad I'm not the only one. A must read for women who felt like maybe they just didn't quite fit into society how they were "supposed to"
  • Who cares?

    By Kuranga
    I agree with the other reviewers and wish I would have read all of the reviews before buying. I just didn't care about anything in here and found myself skipping whole chapters. Wish I could get my money back, or at least those hours of my life I just lost. Hard to follow and simply uninteresting. And I like the show, just NOT this book.