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
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.
I feel like I really know Jenny Lawson after listening to her read her own memior with all her enthusiasm, singing (!), arguing, confessions, expletives and laughter all exactly as she intended for you to experience them!
This book is what it is. There's nothing I would really change about it. At first, I had a problem with the author dropping the F-bomb so much, but she actually defines that in the beginning, so it's one with the character.
The author, hopefully, is the only one that could and should get away with this.
A friend recommended this title. It's funny and cute at first, and I can clearly see the talents of an established blogger and writer here. But, after you get into it and realize how it's really not so funny anymore because the author is seriously mentally ill, the cute-factor vanishes and I was left hoping that her friends, husband and daughter will be ok in the future. Mental illness is not funny and cute.
I really liked each chapter. She is funny and it feels like you are talking to a friend. But... The singing of each chapter title is painful. When I realized at the third chapter that this would continue for the rest of the book I held my breath and winced every time there was a period of silence at the end of chapters in horrified anticipation of what would be next.
Throughly enjoyed listening to this book on a recent road trip. The beginning is a little slow but it picks up the pace and becomes laugh out loud funny as soon as she starts describing her adult years. Also appreciated that the audio did not directly track the book.
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