Lena Dunham is awesome; she’s kind of strange and terrifying but in a very awesome way. I became obsessed with Girls after five minutes of the first episode. The Sex and the City addict in me was fully satisfied with a more updated take on my beloved series. I am in full anticipation of the fourth season coming out in the new year even though I haven’t seen the third season yet (because HBO sucks and doesn’t have free episodes online). However the DVD comes out before the new season with enough time to binge watch all three seasons in a row.
After just reading Lean In it is refreshing to read Lena’s outlook on life. Even though both are feminists, Lena isn’t as preachy and is more relatable (no offence to Sheryl Sandberg). The book covers Lena’s sexual escapades and adventures as she discovers who she is and what she wants with life.
Split up into five sections, she covers all aspects of life: Love & Sex, Body, Friendships, Work, and Big Picture. If there was a moral to the story, for me, it would have to be that the choices we make in life and the people we surround ourselves with define our present and our future. Lesson: surround yourself with people that love you and make decisions that are true to who you are.
My favourite quote in the entire book is, “Wherever you go, there you are” (pg. 69). It’s a more realistic outlook on life and reminds you to be in the present and stop wishing for the future.
In the body section Lena successfully describes the struggle that all women (and men probably) face: as hard as you try to lose weight, eat healthy, etc. at the end of the day, there is a possibility you still might give in to the desires. She demonstrates in this book, and if you have watched Girls, that women need to embrace our bodies and love them as they are.
The work section in Lena’s novel reminds me of what Lean In is about; that women have the power to do what you need to do to get where you want to be. It’s about being ambitious, not backing down to anyone, and not letting people take advantage of you, especially men.
The book kind of just ends with a word about her regrets and then her acknowledgements. Even though the book is made up of essays and stories about her life, the book itself is not in a story format, it is just a collection of these essays Lena has written. Either way, it contains stories that are relatable, probably to a huge variety of people, and it gives insight into Lena Dunham’s mind and world.
Have you read the book? What are your thoughts?