In November and December 2014 the A Beautiful Mess Book Club selected Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl and Amy Poehler's Yes Please. I was really pleased when I found out that these books were selected for the book club because 1) I loved watching Lena Dunham on Girls 2) Even though I haven't been a huge fan of Amy Poehler's comedy, I respected the positive impact she's made for women in comedy and her book had good reviews. Naturally, when I approached these books (in audiobook form) I expected that I would prefer Dunham's book to Poehler's because I've been more drawn to Dunham's TV and movie work, so I was surprised that I felt like I had less in common with Lena after reading her book, but I gained an even bigger appreciation for Amy Poehler after reading her book.
Thoughts on Not That Kind of Girl
I think that I expected the book version of Lena Dunham to be a more relatable, down-to-earth, toned-down version of her character, Hannah, from Girls, but instead I felt that Lena was just as neurotic and privileged (if not more so) than her character and so I found it difficult at times to relate to her.
Topics I could relate on:
- Struggles with body image and self-esteem
- Finding a career path
- Staying in a dead-end relationship for too long
- Fearing death
Topics I could not relate on:
- Sharing a bed with a sibling from childhood through the teen years.
- Sharing a bed and cuddling with strangers throughout college.
- Having artistic parents with ties to the NYC arts scene.
- Lack of appropriate social boundaries.