Audie Award Nominee, Humor, 2013
For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut.
Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes listeners on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.
Chapters include: "Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel", "A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband", "My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking", and "And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane".
©2012 Jenny Lawson (P)2012 Penguin
I've followed Jenny's blog for years, and even bookmarked the entry about the big metal chicken to revisit at times when I need a laugh-til-I-cry. Her content is hilarious but I couldn't get past her grating vocal fry, which I regrettably missed/overlooked when I listened to the audio sample. Unlikely to finish, wish I could get a refund.
I laughed out loud, once Jenny was out in the world - at least sorta on her own.
Maybe it was because the Author read it. I sounded like early 70s canned music.
Authentic, rapid fire,
OH NO! I would be like all of the seasons of Gilmore Girls in one hour!
My daughter recommended it, and I can see why - we both could see so much of the eclectic but loving group of people that surrounded her from birth: family and friends. It took a minute to get into the cadence; I attributed that to the Author reading her own work. I laughed embarrassingly out loud through the middle at the gym - where I listen to books and music. By the end, well there was no ending, and it piqued my natural momma worries. I would recommend it to anyone with daughters between 25 and 35. And Dads too, you might get a glimpse of some one your child will likely take as a spouse. Men, if you need a primer on girl speak - this is a good one.
Humor makes this novel a wonderful, bittersweet journey through Lawson's childhood and adult live.
Very enjoyable retelling of she and her sister's relationship with their dad and his taxidermy exploits.
Smart, witty and sensitive this book is a great example of making lemonade with the lemons given to us in life.
From childhood experiences to adult coping with illness and disease, Lawson portrays how humor and the ability to laugh at oneself is a valuable gift.
I love this woman. She makes me laugh, she helps me accept my physical health issues, and she helps me be okay with, and even embrace, my head not containing the same filters that normal people have. Cheers to you Jenny, for bringing us all out of our pantries, and closets, and bathrooms, so we can kind of hang out in a group closet together, only on good days, and laugh and laugh.... Pants optional, humanely dead animals welcome.
I've never listed to her books before.
HER VOICE! Through-out the entire book I kept thinking, "clear your throat!". I would have enjoyed this much more with a different reader.
I really enjoyed the childhood stories, these were quite funny and I could almost imagine some of these stories actually happening.
I had to stop at about half way through...I gave it my best try. Between her singing the titles (terribly on purpose) and the constant rambling, I just couldn't take it anymore. She's just trying too hard to be funny. I'm done!
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