It’s a good thing you’re writing a book because you’re so full of teen wisdom!
Thanks! Well, I’m a genius. I have a sweatshirt that says that. I bought it at Forever 21, and it says Genius University. But only my cat has seen it, so it’s not that effective.
But she thinks you’re a genius.
She really does! She thinks I’m her creator, and I feed her, so I kind of am.
I take it you and your cat are really close.
I have a cat and a cat stroller! Let’s get something straight here. I am a cat lady. I have a robe and matching slippers, and I am proud of it.
Do you take your cat out in the cat stroller?
No, she hates it. I thought she was going to love the stroller. It turns out she didn’t. There’s a reason there’s no cat in a stroller cliche because it doesn’t work. They don’t like it.
Speaking of your book, I hope there’s a chapter on cat strollers. Did you get some good inspiration from Jenna Hamilton?
What I’m really trying to say about the book is that it’s not just for the awkward girl who wants to be less awkward. It’s for the mean girl in the front of the class who makes fun of that awkward girl. Because frankly, I’ve been both, and they both have the same self acceptance issues. There’s a whole world of sadness in that. I just want girls to be happy, and get your sh!t together — since it’s an exclamation point, I don’t really know how to say that. It’s a witty and comedic way to really delve into those issues.
Lena Dunham, the creator and star of Girls, is also releasing an advice book for young women. Is Get You Sh!t Together targeted toward teens?
We have a pretty wide age range. I won’t be muting myself whatsoever. That was a big deal when I was talking to publishers. I really need to be able to broach all of the topics. I feel like teens and young adults, new Millennials, whatever you want to call it, are really censored in terms of the information they get. I wanted it to be informational and meaningful, but also deeply impactful and fun and witty and easy to read. There’s so many wrong ways to to dress yourself up and put a bandaid on things — and I’ve gone my whole life putting bandaids on things. I don’t want anyone to have to put another bandaid on it.
What Awkward does really well is that it knows how to talk to teens. It totally gets the teen dialogue. Was that helpful for you when writing this book?
Right. I was watching The Goldbergs last night for the first time, and it was so subtle and brilliant. It’s shot as an ode to the ‘80s! Stylistically, it totally feels like you’re watching something from the ‘80s, beyond the hair and costumes. Thinking about that, when I was writing the book, Awkward definitely has that very specific lingo, but that lingo is just our generation. We move quicker and we talk faster. We adapt to our environment when our environment won’t adapt to us. I’m not trying to talk down to anyone or talk up to anybody. There are experts in each section because I’m not an expert in everything — whoa, breaking news! — but I have a lot of experiences that I think can help people.
Catch the Season 3B premiere of MTV’s Awkward. on Tuesday, October 22 at 10:30 p.m. ET.
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