Not That Kind Of Girl.. Or Am I?

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As far as idols and girl crushes go, Lena Dunham is my one and only; I have been absolutely obsessed with her since I started watching 'Girls' a few years ago. I don't know what it is about her, whether it's her down to earth nature, body confidence or her general attitude towards the media and haters, I just can't get enough. So naturally when I heard she was releasing a book I got super excited to read all about this incredible woman.

As ever it took me longer than anticipated to get my hands on it. But I finally did a few months ago and I literally couldn't put it down. The book is divided into sections such as 'Love & Sex', 'Work', 'Friendships' and 'Body' where Lena delves into everything and anything on the topic at hand. Her honest words really spoke to me and I couldn't help but feel like I was reading about aspects of my own life.

My favourite chapter was probably 'Love & Sex'. It was so refreshing to read someones real stories about heartbreak, disasters and mix-ups that we've all been through and are sometimes too afraid to say. Lena reminds us that it's okay to get emotional with some of my favourite quotes such as, 'Pit stops are okay on the road of life.' and 'You will find, there is a certain grace to having your heart broken.'

It's unusual to read from the point of view of someone who's not afraid to say what she thinks, and this makes me respect her so much. Throughout the book Lena also tackles some of life's more daunting topic's such as death and feminism. I didn't know how I would feel reading a chapter about death but it actually comforted me somewhat and I felt like I was reading a friends thoughts. As a person I find it hard to keep things from people and often wonder if I'm too honest and open. When Lena states 'I live in a world that is compulsively free of secrets.' it helped me realise I'm not the only one. 

I can't stop gushing about this book to everyone I meet. At a time in my life when I'm a little bit all over the place it was a much needed reminder that it's okay not to be okay all the time and that things will improve. Sometimes you have to go through the hard stuff to realise who you are as a person. Aisling. xo 

8 comments:

  1. I can't wait to get my hands on this, I love coffee table books! Great review, it sounds so good!

    www.sophieslittlesecrets.blogspot.com

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  3. I really enjoyed Lena's book, I thought it was well written, funny, and relatable, and thanks to Girls I could totally picture how she would say it and I found myself thinking about the things she said long after I put it down. Great read!

    Danika Maia

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  4. I don't watch Girls but I really want to read this book as I've heard a lot of good stuff about Lena Dunham. How amazing does she look in that photo omg. *heart-eyed emoji* I'm going to try to get hold of this book :)
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings
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  5. I have been meaning to read this book for a while, it has been all over the place these past few months!
    Rosie
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    www.anenglishrosie.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I completely agree with how daunting it was to read from the POV of such an open person. It felt uncomfortable at time, we're socialized to keep the dark stuff private and intimate, but she let's it all out blatantly, and doesn't dwell - moves right on to the next thought lol
    I loved it. You summarized the experience pretty well lol

    I also chose some of my favourite quotes from the book on my blog http://www.dominiquebennett.com/favourite-lines-from-lena-dunhams-not-that-kind-of-girl/

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  7. Aisling, I am so with you with feeling like I'm too open about things..but you know what, it's probably actually healthy! Much better than bottling things up anyway. I love the sound of this book and I'm sure I could learn a lot from it.

    Emma xx

    www.alittlefreckle.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Aisling, I am so with you with feeling like I'm too open about things..but you know what, it's probably actually healthy! Much better than bottling things up anyway. I love the sound of this book and I'm sure I could learn a lot from it.

    Emma xx

    www.alittlefreckle.blogspot.co.uk

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