Words: Mary Marde
Not that Kind of Girl is a collection of autobiographical essays written by the creator of the critically acclaimed HBO series Girls, Lena Dunham. While at times the memoir offers some humour, the majority reflects the dark struggles faced by Dunham in relation to her mental health or toxic relationships. However, it is among such passages that Dunham’s true authorial intention, to express what she as a “young woman learned”, is finally fulfilled. For this very reason she deserves much praise, as her work is deeply exposing and addresses all her flaws, in a time where people are often too ashamed of being imperfect.