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Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) | [Jenny Lawson]

Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

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 readers 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Bryan LYNDHURST, OH, United States 12-30-12
    Bryan LYNDHURST, OH, United States 12-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) the most enjoyable?

    Jenny Lawson's crazy adventures


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made me want to listen to see what madness would happen next.


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Lawson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book is very funny, and the author is a great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kiki JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 12-18-12
    Kiki JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Laugh till you cry"
    Would you listen to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) again? Why?

    I am slightly addicted to Jenny Lawson now, she also has a blog. I have recommended this book for my book club & anticipate a night of laughter. Although humor is her gift, she battles some personal demons & isn't afraid to share her life in this memoir. If you want a sample, check out Beyonce the Giant Metal Chicken on FB or her blog.


    What did you like best about this story?

    humorous but real


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Lawson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    first book, but love her blog


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    gynecologists are just lazy


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    Jane Doe 12-14-12
    Jane Doe 12-14-12
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    "Bought it twice"
    What did you love best about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    I enjoyed reading it so much and can listen to head phones at work bought it again (audio this time) so that people could think I've lost it cracking up in the office.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh


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    Susan Sacramento, CA, United States 12-05-12
    Susan Sacramento, CA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    Hard to follow at times. But light and humorous. Not quite sure if it was meant to be a comedy show or not!

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    Mallory LOS ALTOS, CA, United States 11-24-12
    Mallory LOS ALTOS, CA, United States 11-24-12
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    "fun but not all at once"
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I enjoyed her train of thought and rambling, especially how she turned weird or depressing things into crazy rants that made perfect sense.


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    Kat New York, NY, United States 11-12-12
    Kat New York, NY, United States 11-12-12
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    "Unique Perspective but Irritating Delivery"
    Would you try another book from Jenny Lawson and/or Jenny Lawson?

    I don't think so. I'm glad Jenny's perspective is out there, and she's been able to connect with so many people. I just don't think it's a perspective (or voice) I need in my life. Frankly, it's tiring! I also wonder about authors that rely so heavily on their own lives for material. Often in this case, they only have one good book in them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jenny has an interesting and unique perspective and I'm glad she wrote this book. I know what it's like to work in a soul sucking office, so good for her that she quit and wrote a book successfully. For the book to work, you have to like Jenny. Sometimes I did, and sometimes I was wondering how someone so anxious and neurotic gets through the day, never the less with a child. This is coming from someone who is quite anxious and neurotic, so I get it, but it was painful at moments. Then again, there were very strong moments in the book, like when she wrote about her miscarriages. I feel like that did a great service to so many women out there with similar experiences.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jenny Lawson?

    Once I started listening to this book I immediately thought maybe I should have just bought the book and I would have enjoyed it more. Jenny's voice and poorly singing each chapter is agitating to say the least. Her tone and presentation made me dislike the book eventually.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Liz FERNDALE, MI, United States 11-09-12
    Liz FERNDALE, MI, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Funny coming of age (as an adult)"
    Would you listen to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) again? Why?

    No, but I have recommended it to friends. Lawson does a great job of reading the novel.


    What about Jenny Lawson’s performance did you like?

    Comical, genuine, loving, inspiring.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Parts of it got slow, but all parts of the book had a purpose.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved how Jenny discussed how she overcame her mental illness through living life and loving her daughter. I think this book can be inspirational to any adult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tabitha Washington, DC, United States 11-07-12
    Tabitha Washington, DC, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was. Some of the stories were extremely, laugh-out-loud, funny. Others felt over the top and contrived. The serious parts of the book were very good and honest.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jenny Lawson? Why or why not?

    No, probably not. I enjoyed the book enough, but am not interested in learning more about her personal life. If she wrote a fiction book, then I would probably read it.


    What three words best describe Jenny Lawson’s performance?

    Decent Heartfelt. Honest.


    Was Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) worth the listening time?

    Yes. I thought it was a little long for a memoir. The other books like this that I have read were about half as long and I found them more enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't like cussing and/or don't believe in the zombie apocalypse this book might not be for you. A handful of the stories really are hilarious and the relationship between Jenny and her husband is great. Hearing an author read her own memoir always makes the listen better in my opinion and that is the case here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adrian Beeville, TX, United States 11-07-12
    Adrian Beeville, TX, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Author of Kindertransport

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    "One of the best!"
    What made the experience of listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) the most enjoyable?

    I loved that the author was the reader. It made the book more entertaining. I loved that their were nuggets that didn't appear in the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was listening to it in my car when my cell phone rang and a 911 operator asked me about dead bodies. Imagine me trying to explain that it was an audio book!


    Any additional comments?

    Jenny Lawson is milk-through-your-nose funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cathy GRANTS PASS, OR, United States 11-05-12
    cathy GRANTS PASS, OR, United States 11-05-12
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    "Hilarious!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) the most enjoyable?

    She is hilarious and totally shameless. Has me saying totally all the time. Loved the cursing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Her dad is awesome. Id like to meet him


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laughed my a@$ off


    Any additional comments?

    The singing of the chapters is totally annoying, but I lived with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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