A few make-you-smile excerpts from the must-read pages of Not That Kind of Girl.
Not going to lie: it was kind of like Christmas came early when Lena Dunham’s new book of memoir-like essays arrived at our office a full day before it hit bookstore shelves. Let’s just say the book is required reading around here. And guys, it was just as fulfilling, life-affirming and relatable as one would expect from the woman who’s been reflecting our lives back at us on HBO for the past three years. From Dunham’s first time and her first love to her neon-laced college adventures and nudity-required job, it’s all there. It’s LOL-inducing (though reading particular passages out loud to our ear-bud wearing boyfriend late night may not have exactly resulted in the belly laugh we expected), and there’s many profound, make-you-think, maybe even make-you-cry (at least on the inside) moments, too. Herein, we present you with a few of our favorites. But trust us when we say there’s plenty more where this came from. Consider this your non-spoiler, Lena-approved appetizer.
1. On her fifth grade IM boyfriend, Igor, who lives in New Jersey and is Russian…
“Igor wants to see a photo of me, so I send him one of me against my bedroom wall, on which I have drawn trees and nudes with Sharpie. My hair hangs in a yellow, flat-ironed curtain, and I am cracking a glossy half smile. Igor says I look like Christina Aguilera. He’s a punk, so it seems more like a factual assessment than a compliment, but I am thrilled.”