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
Yes and I will I'm sure. I've recommended it to all my friends.
Jenny has a wild imagination and an interesting perspective on life. Her upbringing is very unorthodox which gave this book a different spin rather than your run-of-the-mill, a comedian writes a book. I've read several of those and her memoir surpasses everyone.
My favorite scene was when she was being chased by the turkeys at her school. It was hilarious the way she describes it.
Laughed out loud several times.
My only criticism of the book is the singing on the chapter titles. I know Jenny is hilarious and she must have thought this was funny, but it was a bit annoying and overdone.
I am at a total loss now having finished both of her audiobooks. (Yes. I know. This is the first one. I listened out of order, which is actually great because the singing of the titles may have turned me off to listen to the second had I listened to the first FIRST and I am so happy it didn't get a chance to. But I digress...)
Jenny Lawson is my FAVORITE! I don't think anything will be able to measure up now. She set the bar WAY too high. I dare you to listen to this and not love it. (I know, some people have, but that was before the whole dare so it totally doesn't count.)
I just--I just can't think of anything else wonderful to say. It may be because of all the shots she made me do toward the end. The words escape me.
All joking aside, these are hilarious audiobooks. Not for people easily offended (I can just picture my 87-year-old Aunt falling on a fainting couch, and she is cuhRAYzy progressive for her age!) but if you can handle bawdy humor, and a ton of roadkill, you'll love this book. Or your money back. I'll take it out of what Penguin owes me for all the drinks.
THANK you, Jenny! It's the most I've laughed in months. And at a time that I really needed it. ❤️
Avid reader of romantic literature, history and adventure.
It is an okay read. I felt like I was listening to a standup comedy show.
This is my first book in this genre. So it is too early to tell if I am put off by this genre
No. I have not listened to other performances of Jenny Lawson.
Yeah, worth one listen.
This is really ridiculous and vulgar and not funny at all. I could not get past the first couple of chapters. And the authors voice over and singing is awful. This sounds like he ramblings of a crazy person.
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.
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