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
There is beauty in imperfection, there is laughter in the bizarre and strange. No one’s life is meant to fit into a single mold and this book has helped me realize that many of us expect it to be. I listened to the audio book and I am so glad I did because there is something so much more personal about listening to the way the author tells her tale through her own voice. Jenny Lawson does an amazing job in narrating her own work and while it doesn't have the crisp edges of a professional narrator, that was what made it all the more intimate. Half way through the book I felt that I understood this quirky, insane , broken person and I kinda love her.
I love her for having no filter.
For saying all the silly things I keep to myself out loud.
For not caring what other people think enough to sacrifice who she is.
I loved her for being real.
It helped of course that the book was hilarious, and scattered. It didn't matter that hidden within funny anecdotes and what felt like what I can only describe as Murphy’s Law Rumpus Room, that she hid gems of heartache and pain that left my eyes stinging. I found myself chuckling throughout work while listening to it and wondering how I hadn't heard about this book sooner. Then 3/4 of the way through I realize that I had heard a story she was sharing about a big metal chicken and I realized that I read her blog once, years ago and somehow it had completely escaped me. I can't recommend this book more. If you have a love for life, even your most imperfect one, I suggest letting Jenny give you a tour into her own.
Cuz this girl has seen some shit. Props.
PS..REVIEW: Just because I loved this quote, Ill leave it here.
You are defined not by life’s imperfect moments but rather your reaction to them because there is joy in embracing rather than screaming from the utter absurdity of life..
I was expecting a funny and thoughtful book. Instead I found it so full of offensive words and not funny or interesting. I realize I am among the shrinking minority that believe using the f word in every paragraph is unappealing, but there so it is. Maybe the other book Ms. Lawson wrote is better, but the reviews indicated otherwise. See--I wrote a whole paragraph without the F word.
About baseball or a mystery. I listen to so many things and am almost always pleased with the time and money spent to be able to do so.
I'm sorry I wasted my credit!
LAUGH OUT LOUD
Probably the fact that I could relate to many of the stories. I'm not sure what that says about me. :D
I don't think anyone else could tell these stories like Jenny does.
I laughed out loud a bunch. Some moments were so good that I played them for the other women in my office.
I felt good listening to Jenny's stories...partly because I could relate, partly because they illustrate funny things about most people, and partly because she's such a good storyteller.
So much. I love her so very much. Like, I laughed till I peed my pants more than once, and it's like listening to the love child of my inner dialogue and my best friend (who is also from Texas). So funny, smart, clever, and even touching.
Let's Pretend I Never Bought This Book - I'm no prude but the overuse of profanity just wears out the reader/listener. Listened to first 45 mins of the book then turned it off. Instead of laughing and enjoying it, I was just unimpressed.
Nope - sorry.
This book had everything I love in it; stories that become hilarious ramblings, folksy small town charm, heart felt personal stories, plenty of cursing, and an author who isn't afraid to yell vagina!
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