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
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss
This was a bit of a disappointing read. I checked the reviews before I picked up this book and they were good. It really did nothing for me. I had a few good laughs, but overall this book came across as a story told by a writer who tried real hard to shock her readers, but failed. At the end of the book, she succeeded to make it clear that she is eccentric and has bad home decor taste.
Some mystery would be nice
When she bought the big rooster for her husband.
I was extremely surprised to see how hard Jenny tried to make this book funny, as her blog is great. I cringed -- literally cringed -- every time she sang the title to each chapter. Also, nobody should record an audiobook when they end all -ing words with a "k."
I wanted to like the book, and instead I listened to half of it and couldn't finish it. Lesson learned here: ALWAYS listen to the sample before purchasing an audiobook!
No. But she doesn't equate to Caitlin Moran! This book shouldn't have been recommended to me based on my last purchase.
I'm sad to say, never again.
If you want a funny nonfiction (or "mostly true") book, listen to How to be a Woman or Bossypants. You at least learn some stuff from them.
Yes, I rarely like books read by their authors but Jenny has a real knack for narration! It is her story she should be the one reading. I know read her blog and can imagine her saying it!
Her father with the squirrel in the cracker box and Beyoncé the giant metal rooster knock knock!
This is my first for this Genre and Jenny Lawson.
Jenny suffers from panic attacks (which I do also) and I have never heard it put so perfectly, she really puts into words what feels indescribable, it felt like someone else finally really understood. It nearly moved me to tears.
I normally listen to "beach reads" at work. After buying this for my wife for a cross country journey and being told I must stop any other audiobooks to listen to this I did. It had me literally laughing out loud at work! I would have to stop, back up and re-listen to parts I missed because of laughing so hard! The other thing is she suffers from panic attacks (which I do also) and I have never heard it put so perfectly, she really puts into words what feels indescribable, it felt like someone else finally really understood. I hope she does a follow up and I am now dedicated to her blog! I love that she is from Texas and lived in Houston, as I do also, that aside it is truly one of the funniest things I have ever heard and I can not stop recommending it to people!
NO. Her voice was awful and she laughed at her own stuff and commented on things before even explaining the story at hand.
Anything but this.
Anyone but her.
Sure I would listen to it again. Hearing Jenny read her own words makes the storyies she tells come to life. She hilarious and weird and awesome.
I haven't read anything like it yet. This was my first time venturing from fiction, but after hearing this book I'm pretty sure it won't be my last.
No I haven't. This is my first time
No, but only because I didn't want it to be over.
I had never heard of Jenny Lawson before going out on a limb and buying this book, but now its safe to say she just gained a new fan.
I found the first half of the book to be hilarious and laughed out loud countless times. The second half of the book takes a dive and gets old.
Overall I enjoyed listening to it but i found myself having big gaps in between listening because her voice is pretty annoying so you have to be in the mood for something so intense.
I have read Ms. Lawson's blog and I enjoy a lot of it. But these random stories are not interesting enough to keep me engaged for an entire book. I'll admit: I stopped listening midway.
No. Again, I like her blog but her voice and accent are irritating.
It would have been 100% better if she did not weird sing/chant the chapter titles. I think that alone was enough to bias me against her entire performance. Seriously, her singing is the most irritating sound I've ever heard.
Parts of it are funny. Her dad bringing home a dead squirrel puppet? Hilarious and explains so much about who she is. But parts of it are just boring.
The author read her own work, which is generally a good thing. In this case, her accent and inflections are genuinely distracting.
Listening to this made me feel as if I'd drunk too much and was having trouble following the conversation.
I would absolutely recommend this book. Jenny Lawson has a self-deprecating wit that is subtly outlandish. I literally laughed until I cried, well mostly. This is a book that can bring anyone out of a funk.
Mindy Kaling's book
It's her memoir spoken with her intonations. I would imagine I could pick-up on her humor, but it is delightful when the writer provides the "true" intention of the book.
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