Ok, so I listened to this book on a seven hour car trip by myself to attend a favorite aunt's funeral. In hindsight, a dumb idea. I had figured I needed an upbeat listen while going to such a sad event. My usual fare of heartwarming books about special dogs who die too young or biographies about people battling debilitating mental illness would just tempt me to drive off an interstate bridge in a heightened depressed state of mind. It was going to be a sad occasion so I needed to keep my spirits up. Unfortunately, it worked too well. Jenny Lawson's reading of her book had the effect of planting some amazingly ridiculous images in my mind which stayed there through the funeral mass, despite my best efforts to brainbleach them out. Most notably, I got a totally inappropriate set of gigglefits during the homily with the image of Jenny requesting her obstetrician to "sew up her vagina" with a Harry Potter lightning bolt after the birth of her daughter. This was so that when she got menstrual cramps in the future she could claim it was because Voldemort was nearby. My sister and stepmother, sitting with me at the service, kept stealing worried glances at me, convinced I was experiencing a serious breakdown in my grief but also puzzled as to why my sobs sounded more like stifled guffaws. The book is seriously that funny. I felt a little like Mary Richards in an old Mary Tyler Moore episode...the one where Chuckles the Clown is killed in a circus parade by a stampeding elephant because he is dressed as a giant peanut. Mary is appalled at everyone's jokes about the event until the funeral when the absurdity of the situation finally hits her and she can't keep from laughing. I finally had to get up, climb across an entire pew of grief-stricken relatives and go outside to deal with my laughter. I knew my wonderful aunt would understand but the rest of my relatives...not so much. Their reactions ranged from deep concern about my mental well-being to just plain being pissed-off that I lost it in church. Both groups seemed to avoid any contact with me for the rest of the day
My point is this book is FUNNY...not just polite tee-hee, "isn't that clever" amusing... but laugh-out-loud, howl til you cry and maybe wet yourself, lose your breath and get a headache hysterical! Even the sad parts (and there are some) have humor. I want this woman as my best friend so I can call her up and just listen to her to keep my endorphins going. I just KNOW we could manage to get into some very imaginative and memorable trouble together. She doesn't take herself, anyone else or life too seriously and I'm pretty sure that's the way we are intended to live. I'll have to ask my favorite aunt the next time I see her.
Disclaimer: Ok, so I didn't actually embarrass myself at the funeral but I borrowed a trick of Jenny's by mixing fact and fiction. So I will edit this to read "A Mostly True Review."(less)
The author is also the reader, which makes for a much better listening experience.
Jenny Lawson is funny and insightful and perfect.
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Her open letter to Victor was like she was inside my brain.
This was a fantastic audio book. Jenny Lawson's honesty is so compelling because, I think, she can't help it. She seems to not be able to "polish a turd" to turn a poetic phrase. I love this quality. It made the book hysterical and didn't make me feel uncomfortable even during the most embarrassing moments.
You should get this and then get it for a friend too. Yeah, get two. It's the best way to go.
Ridiculous, Brilliant, Funny.
I have not, but loved this one...she is so witty!
I don't usually laugh out loud, but i did ALOT during this audio book..
I probably would listen again, because I don't think the punchlines are what make this audio so hilarious. It's Jenny's delivery, and her way of saying things. My husband and I listened to it on a long car trip, and I was afraid he wouldn't enjoy it because it seemed like "chick lit" from the write-up, but Jenny had us both in hysterics. He LOVED it - an almost 60 year old man, and he LOVED it!!
Jenny's reading of her description of the "pet" raccoon's "face fight" with her sister had us both laughing so hard we were gasping for air.
Jenny's reading is so animated and, of course, exquisitely attuned to the content of the book that you feel like you are there with her (and Victor).
The chapter about Jenny's first pregnancy and losing the baby was heartrending.
You probably ought to be careful if you are listening to this book on a car trip, as we were. It's hard to stay on the road when you're laughing so hard that you're crying!
I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to a friend and already have had 2 friends download it to listen to. By nature I'm a reader not a listener but I knew I'd be going on a couple of long driving trips so I wanted to try it. I checked the reviews and found that most people said that having Jenny read her own story was so much better than reading it in print. They were SOOOOO right!!!! There were times I had to pull over the car b/c I was laughing too hard to pay attention to the road but it was so worth it. I've also found that it's just as good listening a second time! That's my kind of book!
I think one of my favorite characters would have to be Jenny's father! He's just so funny in the things he does. A close second would be Jenny's husband Victor. But Jenny above all else was just IT!
I had never even heard of Jenny Lawson prior to seeing someone on Facebook share her blog one day and thank god they did......I've been laughing ever since!
You're never going to believe what happened to me today.....
Please Jenny write more!!! I can't wait to hear more. I'm now following your blog and loving it every day!!! Wish I had more time to read through all the older ones!
Life Coach. Spiritual self-help memoir junkie. Mom in love with my kiddos. Trying to remember joy as I get older.
Yes, and again and again.
There are so many it's hard to pick. Having a drink while listening is not a good choice if you want to avoid blowing it out your nose. But my husband and I keep repeating this line to each other, a variation of which shows up repeatedly in heated conversations between Jenny and her husband Victor after she's gotten into some modern-day Lucy Ricardo pickle, "I am trying to save your life, M----- F-----!" She says all the candid and inappropriate things we all think but are too scared to say out loud -- well at least I think them. Guess I shouldn't try to speak for everyone.
She is real and raw and bat-$#*&-crazy funny. Her delivery is spot-on
Bat-$#!& Crazy Funny & Real
This book is for every person who has ever experienced a sense of not belonging, not being enough, not having enough, and overall generalized anxiety, and who has decided to find the absurdity in it and laugh yourself through it, with the occasional space for gut-wrenching tears. Jenny Lawson is my new hero.
Okay, I truly loved this audiobook. Her story is hilarious, and her style of reading makes it feel like you are listening to a friend.
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If you listen to this book on the subway, you will burst out laughing, and you will be that crazy person that people back away from. be prepared
Funny, engaging, great.
Jenny tells her own story with humor and humanity. You finish feeling like you not only know her story, but you know her.
Victor - the ease with which Jenny makes you identify with her husband who is loving and bewildered by his wife is awesome.
This is a great memoir by Jenny Lawson, strengthened because it is narrated by the author. About halfway through the book, I felt as though Lawson and I were sitting down for coffee and she was telling me her life story. There were points that I wondered where she was going to go with this book (would it be all light and airy?) when she introduced a harsh dose of reality - and how she dealt with it using humour.
Jenny Lawson, please make good on your promise to do 'Book 2'
Lawson is honest, raw and hilarious. Make sure you listen to the outtakes also. I love her blog, and was happy to hear the person behind it.
Yes - and I listened to it in a short time period. Funny vignettes make this easily digestible.