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Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” Paperback – 9 Oct 2014

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (9 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007515529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007515523
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘It’s not Lena Dunham’s candour that makes me gasp. Rather, it’s her writing – which is full of surprises where you least expect them. This is 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 apologise like that – she simply tells her story as if it might be interesting. The result is shocking and radical because it is utterly familiar. ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ is hilarious, artful, and staggeringly intimate; I read it shivering with recognition’ Miranda July

‘Frank, fearless and funny … made me want to cry out with thanks that a talented, intelligent woman has said and done worse things than I have and is repeating them without a scrap of shame … ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ is funny, empowering and as good a millennial guide for navigating and laughing at your foggy adolescence and murky twenties as there can be. I only wish it had been around earlier’ Sunday Times

‘I love Lena’s book … more shocking than I was expecting, sadder and more beautiful – anyway; within a few pages … I’m charmed, anxious, furious and totally committed’ Nina Stibbe, Observer

‘Very funny … and imbues the gloom with hope … “Having it all” need not mean hitting narrow markers of success – the perfect job/man/body – but instead being able to own your experiences: the good, the bad, the ugly. All of it’ Independent

‘Dunham’s first book is seldom less than very funny’ Iona McLaren, Sunday Telegraph

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Lena Dunham, acclaimed writer-director-star of HBO and Sky Atlantic's 'Girls' and the award-winning movie 'Tiny Furniture', displays her unique powers of observation, wisdom and humour in this exceptional collection of essays.

"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."

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Compared to Tina Fey, Amy Poeler, Mindy Kaling... this book is weak and didn't make me love Lena Dunham. Rather me rolling my eyes at her. Sorry!
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Even if you hate lena dunham you'll love this book. A very good read for any modern day woman.
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By CMM on 7 Sept. 2016
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Dreadful
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really good book. Arrived on time.
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The signed copy shows no indication that it was signed by the author. There were no details as to where the copy came from or when it was signed. The signature is illegible and looked as though it was more of a cut off of a larger signature as it was glued to the first page on a card.
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I expected big things given the hype surrounding the book and while I have to say that I love Lena's writing style, I found the book disjointed and frankly quite boring in parts. I wanted more laughs! Similarly her privileged left wing 'feminist' background somewhat irritates me!
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I bought this after wanting a light easy commute read. I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book & about Lena, but after watching a couple of series of Girls I decided to give this book a go. I enjoyed this book as it was more of a series of short stories rather than an autobiography - which is what i feared. If you want a light read then I would recommend this book.
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I bought this after starting Girls Season 1. I was enjoying Girls, so I thought I'd give this book ago. I have had to give up. I think it is meant to be wry, sad, interesting and thought-provoking. Instead it is boring. Really really boring.
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