In the Books: Lena Dunham


Tess Riecke, Staff Writer

Over the summer, I fell in love. Not with someone I’ve ever met, though.

Lena Dunham.

The controversial yet astounding writer, actress and director appeared almost overnight, and I have been obsessed ever since.

For Christmas, one of the gifts I requested from my mom was Lena Dunham’s book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned.”

Needless to say, I devoured the book in less than a week.

The book is a memoir, but it comes off as an advice book. But for the twenty-somethings, or almost twentysomethings in my case, it is a funny take on how navigating through life isn’t easy.

One of the chapters, “Take my Virginity (No really, Take it),” describes Dunham’s adventures and misadventures regarding sex and is witty, and ultimately hilarious, prose.

If you have seen the television show, Girls, then some of these tales might as well be written into the script because Hannah (played by Dunham) would act just like Lena.

Well, watch closely enough and you might see several similarities between Dunham and Hannah.

Dunham’s book also chronicles time in college, trying to lose weight and believing in yourself.

Her tales of the Liberal Arts College, Oberlin College located in Oberlin, Ohio, are by far her most entertaining stories.

Most of these stories deal with her relationships,or lack-thereof, with guys. Dunham reveals how she always went for guys who were unattainable for several reasons.

The chapter “Girls & Jerks” describes how Dunham went through a phase of dating guys who were obviously jerks.

Controversy followed Dunham, after she revealed a curiosity towards her younger sister’s anatomy and sex.

Some have seen it as sexual abuse, even though both girls were children at the time. Several blogs and publications called Dunham out for the pages and said what she described was nothing less than sexual abuse.

Dunham refuted the accusations saying that her sister approved the pages before the book was published.

Nevertheless, Dunham issued an apology about the pages because of the outrage.

Despite all of this, the book remains to be wonderfully written. Dunham is an intelligent, funny writer and I have never read any memoir that is funnier.

Dunham has quite the career ahead of her. Following in the footsteps of women like Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live writer and actor, author of Bossy Pants), Lena is taking the world by storm with her ability to write, act and direct.

I absolutely can’t wait to see what she will be doing next.