By Abigail Padgett
As all girls know, being a girl isn’t always easy. In fact, there are times when it seems pretty damn hard. Every once in a while, life feels like its conspiring against you, strategically punching you where you feel most vulnerable Everyone has had those days, those weeks or even those months where the going gets pretty rough. Sometimes, it’s frustrating to realize that those moments will continue to pop up out of nowhere, knowing that there’s no stopping this little thing called life getting in the way. But here’s the good news: you’re not alone.
All women recognize that other women face similar issues. But sometimes we (women) are so wrapped up in our own problems, we forget that we are not alone in our experiences. When life becomes too overwhelming, it becomes tough to take a conscious step back and realize that other people experience these same problems. That is why Lena Dunham’s book Not That Kind of Girl, is perfect for any college girl going through a rough day, week or semester.
Most people know Dunham as the star actress and writer of the raunchy (and Emmy award-winning) HBO series, Girls. But with her book, Dunham bears a new part of herself for the benefit of her audience. She retells past experiences that made her who she is today, whether it be a getting fired from an upscale children’s boutique in NYC or delving into a series of unfortunate hook-ups and failed relationships. Whatever the situation is, good chances are Dunham’s experienced it. She knows what rock-bottom feels like; by sharing her experiences, Dunham proves that you (as a female) most likely have shared expertise to the women surrounding you. Just know that you’re gonna laugh and you’re gonna cringe, sometimes at the same time.
Whether you’re having the best day of your life or feeling at the lowest of lows, pick up Not That Kind of Girl, and just read. Don’t worry about that job interview or lousy grade or crappy hook-up. Just read. There’s a good chance that you’ll find a friend in Dunham and her way of writing about the rollercoaster ride of being a girl in the 21st century.
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