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 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!
The 2nd book is better. Music is annoying. Jenny's first go at narration is impressive. Funny subjects , well written, a great distraction that makes me feel less weird, alone, and far more comfortable in my own skin.
One or two funny anecdotes of deceased wildlife at the start and then hours of bland uptalky tedium.
Towards the end my book-finishing OCD proved too weak. The only work of semibiographical fiction that comes close to being an equally malodorous brown stain in the nether garments of the arts is Aune Sand's movie "Dis".
I have no idea what combination of prescription drugs one would have to ingest in order to derive any enjoyment from this book. I think we're talking multiple types of horse tranquilizer in suppository form. If that even exists.
Mental illness aside, I very much related to 99% of this book. I laughed my @$$ off, and was near to tears several times. Highly recommended!
Mostly agitation and disappointment. I constantly felt like I was trapped in a room with a crazy person that would not stop talking absolute NONE SENSE! and the worst part was that I paid for it!!!
I'm a person with a good sense of humor and laugh easily at pretty much anything with a hint of clever humor, but Ms. Lawson's story is mostly horrifyingly embarrassing life situations and I'm happy for her that she finds them humorous, but I did not find them funny nor educational. I did not enjoy this book at all so I can not recommend it to others.
It was a bit annoying with the author singing the chapter titles - unfortunately you do get used to it by the end of the book...I personally really enjoyed her second book Furiously Happy and am glad that I started there. I wouldn't if I had started with this one.
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