For readers of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms Lena Dunham—the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO’s Girls—as one of the brightest and most original writers working today.
“If I can take what I’ve learned in this life and make one treacherous relationship or degrading job easier for you, perhaps even prevent you from becoming temporarily vegan, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile. This book contains stories about wonderful nights with terrible boys and terrible days with wonderful friends, about ambition and the two existential crises I had before the age of twenty. About fashion and its many discontents. About publicly sharing your body, having to prove yourself in a meeting full of fifty-year-old men, and the health fears (tinnitus, lamp dust, infertility) that keep me up at night. I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you with this book, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or having the kind of sexual encounter where you keep your sneakers on. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist, or a registered dietician. I am not a married mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in self-actualization, sending hopeful dispatches from the front lines of that struggle.”
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Laugh out loud funny and painfully honest - excellently written.
This story drones on and on about absolutely nothing! And even if you can relate to her thoughts how does listening to this help you? Believe me, it doesn't! I don't care about every little detail swirling around in her head. I thought this would be an insightful book but listening to a list of "what she ate for her diet" every day for who knows how long does not consist of worthy material for people to read about, nor do her meaningless list of sexual encounters. This book is very sporadic and difficult to follow, definitely a waste of your time!
Absolutely loved it!!!
I am a huge Lena Dunham fan and I believe I'm an even bigger one after listening/reading this book. Her stories are incredibly honest and really highlight the troubles of growing up and all the realizations that come with it. A must read, I plan on reading it again!