Musician and runner living on the island of Jeju in South Korea.
About halfway through this audiobook I considered stopping. It's not that I wasn't entertained, it was more that I had realized that Lawson had a formula that she was sticking to and wasn't going to diverge from. Throughout "Let's Pretend" Lawson present readers with a unique situation that she's found herself in, adds some quirky references and digressions, and sprinkles in some dialogue in which she alienates the other person.
The problem for me was that Lawson spent the entire novel trying to prove her uniqueness as a storyteller and, in doing so, bypassed much of what could have made the book interesting. For instance, her husband, someone who she's made it through 15 years of marriage with, comes across as a boring mirror for Lawson's zaniness. He is presented as somebody who is constantly sighing and throwing up his hands or forking over his credit card for Lawson's next impulsive buy. It seems that in making the people around her into mirrors, Lawson tries too hard and misses the actual unique viewpoint that she could be exploring.
There are moments in the stories when Lawson's voice makes a notable dog leg into a sincere tone. This is when Lawson allows herself to be vulnerable and shows her potential for something more. Lawson, however, sabotages these moments by trivializing them through some digression or other interruption. These moments show what the book could have been: a chance for Lawson to get away from the blog format and explore a more long form approach.
Overall, the book was like hearing one of Zooey Deschanel's characters narrate her journal. It reads to me like somebody trying too hard to prove how special they are by listing every scarring memory and wacky thought that pops into her head. There were too many references to cowbells and velocoraptors for my taste.
World traveler, free sprite, lover of art, drinker of wine, giver of goodwill, design obsessed, strange, wife and loving mother of two cats.
Yes. Her tone make the book!
The narrator/ author's tone was hilariously perfect!
There were several times I laughed out loud!
Loved the redneck stories plus the honesty if anxiety disorder. I have no idea what the author looks like, but her voice reminded me of Kristen Bell, so if there's ever a movie made, there's the lead!
MY THOUGHTS: I loved this book so much! I had never heard of Jenny Lawson before, but this had good reviews so I thought I'd pick it up on Audible. I'm so glad that I did. It's hard to find the words to describe this book. It's just funny. This book was incredibly hilarious. I was listening to quite a bit of this while I was at work and I was biting my cheeks to stop myself from laughing out loud. I highly enjoyed every moment of this book.
I also loved the more serious moments. In chapter 25, Lawson talks about her anxiety and her husband being well-meaning, but just not understanding. I can completely relate to that. I feel like she took the thoughts right out of my head.
COVER: After reading the book, I can see that the cover is perfect for it!
Jenny Lawson is charming, quirky, extremely funny, adorable, and unbelievably bizarre yet strangely relatable. I loved the cadence of her voice, the sarcasm in her tone, and her never-ending wit. One day I'd love to just hang out with her in a bar because I would totally be friends with this woman. She's amazing. And so is her book!
Funny stories about growing up odd inTexas. The author has a great writing voice and is a good reader to boot. I find it best to consume short stories and vignette-type pieces in small doses over time and that rule applies here. The only thing I wished she hadn't done was to sing the chapter titles. But other than that, good stuff.
I do not usually laugh out loud when listening to audio books. I ended up snorting with laughter after trying to be quiet while listening to this book. Luckily no one was around to hear me. Such a good listen. Jenny Lawson's interactions with her husband Victor were hilarious. Jenny is very funny and upbeat about even the difficult events in her life. A must read.
I laughed quite a bit through this book. It was well written and well read. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun heartwarming glimpse into one woman's life.