The short semi-autobrographical essays in Legs Get Led Astray vary from minimalistic to complex, from stories of past relationships to stories of her apartment building collapsing. These essays are at times not for the faint of heart, but the raw emotions portrayed in Caldwell's work are authentic. In other words, this is what Lena Dunham wants to be but what Caldwell manages to pull off without pretension. (One issue I have with this collection is that the narrator states that these are autobiographical, but I'm not 100% sure that there is not a distinction between Chloe the author and Chloe the narrator. For now I will assume that they one essentially the same.)Chloe Caldwell lives in a highly literary world, with her brother and his friends working at the Strand and the keeping of a typewriter in the bathroom for use thoughts. Caldwell's essays reflect her tumultuous teenage years as well as her relationships and interactions with others as she gets older. She writes about snooping in her mothers diaries, her time in Berlin, and her early twenties bouncing between New York City and the Pacific Northwest. While airing frequently on the grittier side, Caldwell's prose is complete with the emotions of someone who is finding (and quite spectacularly found) her voice in her early twenties.