Author: Lena Dunham
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Summary: I found the author’s voice annoying and the focus of her story was on relationships I didn’t find very interesting.
I’d never heard of Lena Dunham prior to reading Not That Kind of Girl, but I’m always up for a memoir read by the author, so I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, this particular author’s voice really did not work for me. Although I did enjoy hearing the story with the author’s intended inflection, she sounded whiny and childish to me.
I also didn’t love the focus of this particular memoir. The rare allusions to the author’s career seemed fascinating and I’d have loved to learn more. I also enjoyed some of her lists, which were the most reliably humorous part of the book for me. Had these two things been the main focus of the book, I think I could have enjoyed it a lot. Instead, the majority of the book dealt with the author’s relationships. I found this incredibly frustrating, since it seemed to me as though the author made one poor decision after another. I just couldn’t relate.
There were some parts of the author’s wild experiences that I found interesting. I also thought her discussions of feminism and her career were worth learning from. These tidbits were too few and far between to be worth the time this took, even as short as it is. If you’re looking for a funny, author-read memoir dealing with feminist issues, I’d recommend both How To Be a Woman and Bossypants over this book.
Are there any audiobooks read by the author that you’d recommend?