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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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    Jennifer Sicklerville, NJ, United States 01-06-13
    Jennifer Sicklerville, NJ, United States 01-06-13

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    "Funny But Grew Tiresome For Me"

    Jenny Lawson—better known in the blog world as The Bloggess—shares her life story and tales of mischief and mayhem in this humorous and (mostly true) memoir. Her life seems tailor-made for blogging—from her taxidermist father to her crippling anxiety attacks (which are horrible to live through but make for good comic moments), Jenny Lawson is a gifted storyteller. She can take the moments that we all would like to forget, mix in bit of exaggeration, and spin it out as a comic tall tale that is (mostly) true and pretty darn funny. Her long-suffering husband Victor (recipient of more than a few Post-It notes) features prominently in many of the stories, as does her taxidermist father and his various “projects.” Moving from her childhood to her current life, Jenny leaves no stone unturned—speaking honestly about her childhood, marriage, anxiety and blogging career. As a narrator, she is probably best-suited to tell her rather rambling stories, but she talks fast and you’ve got to keep up. If you’re looking for a fun and fast-paced read/audiobook, this would be a good choice. I will admit, though, I grew a bit tired of it after a bit.

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    Jennifer Highland, NY, United States 01-03-13
    Jennifer Highland, NY, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I can't give it enough stars!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to be better than the print version?

    While the print version has the hilarious photographs, the audio has Jenny Lawson reading it herself, the sound of a cocking shotgun for bullet points and outtakes that didn't make it into the print version, along with the play at home drinking game for every time Jenny says "Vagina", which she absolutely screams at the end.


    What other book might you compare Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to and why?

    I'd compare this book to the memoirs written by Jen Lancaster like "Bright Lights, Big Ass", which also was hilarious.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'd be hard pressed to pick one - but just randomly I'll pick the chapter about Jenny's conversation with Victor when she got lost going to pick up milk.


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

    Chupacabras - the silent killer


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. Loved loved loved. Hilarious and sad at some points but it just made me happy in general. While I can't identify with taxidermy or wearing a deer sweater, I can identify with being unconventional and having mental illness.

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    magicmarmot Minneapolis MN USA 01-02-13
    magicmarmot Minneapolis MN USA 01-02-13 Member Since 2010

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    What did you love best about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    I've only seen Jenny Lawson's writing on her website. This book, being read by her, adds a certain amount of delightful weirdness that is compelling and wry.


    What other book might you compare Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to and why?

    The Bedwetter (Sarah Silverman) is about as close as I have in my comparison arsenal.


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Lawson – was your favorite?

    Hers, of course. Though her father is a close second.


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

    Not really. It's well-digestible in chapters, which fits my listening style quite well.


    Any additional comments?

    In the end, there is a more touching and personal experience than I expected. It's nicely done.

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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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    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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    "Strange"

    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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    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.


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    Liz 11-09-12
    Liz 11-09-12
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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.

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