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I recently finished reading Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind Of Girl’ where she tells us what she has learnt, in a series of sometimes hilarious, sometimes introspective and more often than not,moving essays. The thing that struck me the most was that whatever she wrote was so me. And I am not speaking about just me, its all of us confused, obnoxious, narcissistic AND normal twenty-somethings.

So here are 10 of my favourite quotes from ‘Not That Kind Of Girl’ which will just prove how much you need to read the book right now!

1) ‘I am twenty years old, and I hate myself. My hair, my face, the curve of my stomach. The way my voice comes wavering and my poems come out maudlin.’

2) ‘My mother and I have a massive fight when I choose to wear a banana- printed belly shirt and pink leggings to the Vatican.’

3) ‘I am hot, I am hungry for a snack. But mostly, I am alone.’


5) ‘Barbie’s disfigured. It’s OK to play with her just as long as you keep that in mind.’

6) ‘I’d create my own schedule that served my need to eat a rich snack every five to fifteen minutes.’

7) ‘This was the same year I became a vegan. This was inspired by  love of puppies and also a cow who winked at me on a family vacation to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.’

8) ‘As a little girl I had been obnoxiously self aware, irritatingly smug, prone to reading the dictionary ‘for fun’ and make pronouncements like, ‘Papa, nobody my age enjoys real literature.’

9) ‘Over time, my belief in many things has wavered: marriage, the afterlife, Woody Allen.’


(By Salva Mubarak)