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
Prolific reader, writer of short stories, novels and non-fiction.
Never. Aside from the bizarre tales of her upbringing (roadkill, anyone), I found this to be a too-long story about the life of a self-absorbed woman without a lot of outside interests. I stopped listening halfway through because Jenny just did not have the knack for genuinely connecting with the people in her life or with me.
Yes, the content was presented in a sardonic way, marred by an unsympathetic portrayal of the other characters (real people), and with a 'look at me, I'm special' tone.
What followed after the stories about her family was presented in a such a superficial way, e.g., life in the big city, her husband, the birth of her child (which came across as unimportant rather than funny). It's not the individual scenes as much as her me-me-me perspective that quickly became annoying.
Comparing Jenny to Fey or Sedaris is wrong. She is so far NOT in their league in terms of quality of content, consistency of humour, relevance and connecting with the reader/listener. I was beginning to feel sorry for her rather than being entertained.
Maybe, but only in printed format.
Some of the material would have been humorous in print (or if read by another narrator), but the author's reading just grated on me, to the point where I had to stop listening after 1 (very painful) hour. The F bombs didn't bother me at all, but she speaks like a teenager, in terms of her vocal inflection. For example, she ends many statements as if they were questions, which I found highly irritating. And it just sounds like she is trying way way too hard to be funny and clever. She is NO David Sedaris by any means.
Lawson's stories were hilarious! I admit, her freedom with the "f" word was a little much at times and some of it was pretty coarse, but I after awhile I got used to it and laughed so hard while we were driving home from California that I almost drove off the road. I was nearly in tears. I also appreciated the sadder stories and how she was able to find humor in the difficult times that life hands us. She is a master story-teller and in spite of the rough language my whole family (my husband and I and our adult kids) got a kick out of this book. I was a little embarrassed by some of the content, but the humor and the performance by the author made it pretty darn fun. The 20 hour drive from California to Colorado went by very quickly because of this laugh a minute romp through Jenny Lawson's life. Thanks for such a fun time!
A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel is a sweet memoir that I have listened to many, many times. It too is read by the author and the stories crack me up. Both Lawson and Kimmel are gifted story tellers. Kimmel's style is much more tame but no less enjoyable.
We all concur that the stories from when she worked in the HR department of a Christian organization were unreal. I also loved all the stories of her "taxidermied" (her word) critters.
If you are offended by harsh language, this book probably is not for you. Choose A Girl Named Zippy if you want a sweet memoir with heart and humor.
The events that Lawson writes about are indeed funny, but the way that she writes and narrates is chatty and annoying. If her running commentry was edited out it might be ok.
Nurse, Mother, Wife... Happy!
The author tries too hard to be funny, and falls flat everytime. She is no David Sedaris by any means. Her voice is irritating and she is pretentious. I want my credit back.
NO, her voice is irritating and affected.
I have friends who love the author's blog, who follow it daily and who think she is a very funny writer. Based on their recommendation, I picked up this book.
I want my credit back.
The author's experiences are probably interesting enough, except she colors it by all these witty interludes, in a "Look at me! Look at how clever I am!" style. I really feel this book would have been better served by an editor that would have trimmed it down by 1/3.
I forced myself through the whole audiobook in the hopes that Jenny Lawson would make me smile or chuckle at least once. She did not. So I found the book a waste of time.
If you are interested in low-level humor or can identify yourself with tales of a crazy redneck with no real problems in her life, listen to this book!
I loved this book ! I will be honest I couldn't stand her voice at first... I immediately regretted buying the audio version, BUT after getting through the first chapter or two I can't imagine hearing it any other way. I've never read a funnier book in my life including favorites like David sedaris, Tina fey, & Amy Poehler. Don't get me wrong they're equally brilliant, but none can match Jenny & her brutally honest, beautifully bizarre, animated retelling of her dysfunctional life with reckless abandon! ( I know I suck at punctuation) I don't know how anyone could not love this book. Unless you're some uptight politically correct weirdo, in which case I don't like you anyway!
I have listened to dozens of books and have never written a review. I'm just not the reviewing type. However, I am compelled to write now because this BY FAR the WORST book I have ever listened to!! If there was a way to demand my money back from Audible, I would be doing that right now. The author's voice is annoying and the stories that she tells range from stupid to ridiculous. They aren't even kind of entertaining. If what she is saying is even close to the truth, the author should be locked up and submitted to intensive therapy immediately. The fact that she is a mother and is a lunatic is frightening, not funny. And the fact that she can't end most stories without a PS and a PPS and a PPPS and a PPPPS and that even after the 6th PPPPPPS the ending is completely moronic and uninteresting makes the listening brutal. If you are looking for a biography or a memoir there are so many better options. This is pure stupidity. Don't waste your time.
Very juvenile and much less sophisticated or intelligent than any of David Sadaris book, as it was compared to. Maybe a latent Valley Girl teen might appreciate it. Sorry
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