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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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    eplimpton 07-31-12
    eplimpton 07-31-12
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    "I almost drove off the road!"
    What made the experience of listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) the most enjoyable?

    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!


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

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Schwarzenburg, Switzerland 07-10-13
    Martin Schwarzenburg, Switzerland 07-10-13
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    "Better title: Redneck diaries, try to laugh once!"
    Would you try another book from Jenny Lawson and/or Jenny Lawson?

    No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jenny Lawson again?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jenny Lawson?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 06-04-13
    Kathy 06-04-13

    I really like thrillers. My favorite type of movie or book is one that has a unique perspective instead of a different version of the same story repeated by many different writers throughout the years. Many books are fine for a one-time listen, but to find one that's good enough to listen to again and again is a rare find indeed!!

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    "Let's Pretend I Never Wasted My Time"

    'The sample doesn't sound too bad,' I naively told myself as I was searching for books to buy. I was feeling the pressure of having to use up quite a few credits I'd collected before I reached the limit and possibly losing some. Not being a big fan of autobiographies, but thinking this (supposedly) humorous one would (probably) be okay to try, keeping in mind the sample I'd just heard and the reviews I'd just read, I put it in my cart, hit the right buttons and this audiobook was now mine. So were a few others. I now had breathing room regarding my credits and I could take my time to enjoy my books.

    Some I did enjoy. Some were wonderful!!

    This was neither enjoyable nor wonderful.

    The whacky, funny part of it being "a mostly true memoir" turned out to be whacky in a bad way and not funny at all. It wasn't just the words I was hearing coming out of my laptop that made me realize I'd made a huge mistake in purchasing this book. It was the scratchy, crackling, all-too-soon-becoming-irritating voice that made me quit listening before I got even close to the end. I simply couldn't bear it any longer.

    I realize people cannot help the voice with which they were either born or which has seen better days for various reasons. However, if you have written a book and want to be the one to read it aloud to others, it is my opinion you should definitely listen to how your voice sounds after you've recorded several samples. If, after hearing several sample readings of how your voice sounds reading those precious words you spent months or years working on until they were just right, and you find yourself irritated even the slightest bit, it is my opinion you should find a professional narrator and thus ensure the listening audience will be pleased, write great reviews and tell everyone they know to buy your audiobook.

    Do not buy this audiobook.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 11-09-13
    Angela 11-09-13
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    "Annoying"
    What didn’t you like about Jenny Lawson’s performance?

    I've always found The Blogess's writing very funny, but a lot of that is because she says off-handed, unexpected things that I read as deadpan. Hearing her read it, however, Jenny Lawson is extremely self-aware of the "funny" moments, and says them in a tone like, "HEY GUYS, THIS PART IS FUNNY," which makes it totally unfunny and just ... irritating.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a memoir so much as a collection of stories that the writer thinks are funny. In the end, I didn't feel like I learned anything, it just felt like a lot of cheap laughs sewn together. The only chapter I really liked was the one where she talked about her miscarriages because it was the only one that felt real and human, like there was a point behind the jokes and not just a bunch of funny or awkward moments. Also, she's a good writer, but the tangents drove the me crazy. Listening to this book was like listening to your most ADD friend try to tell stories, but by the middle of the story you've totally forgotten what you were talking about because you've landed somewhere else entirely. That style is funny at first, and it lends itself well to conversational-toned writing in general and blogging in particular, but when an entire book is like that, and especially when you're listening to it rather than reading it, it's extremely annoying.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Batavia, NY, United States 04-23-12
    James Batavia, NY, United States 04-23-12
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    "I didn't even get through it, and i read her blog"
    Would you try another book from Jenny Lawson and/or Jenny Lawson?

    Maybe, I thought that it was WAY too much rambling and the stories just kept going and going and going. She reads very fast so you really have to pay attention to what's she's saying.


    Has Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jenny Lawson’s performances?

    Probably not. I think she reads way to fast.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment for sure. Her blog is so funny. And frustration. All of the stories just keep dragging and she never gets to the point.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 05-03-12
    Kathryn 05-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wish Audible had a refund policy"

    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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    christina Camano Island, WA, United States 05-02-12
    christina Camano Island, WA, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Nurse, Mother, Wife... Happy!

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    "I never write reviews...I WANT MY CREDIT BACK."
    What would have made Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jenny Lawson again?

    NO, her voice is irritating and affected.


    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 06-10-14
    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 06-10-14
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    "I would like to stab myself in the ear."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Drug users. People with OCD or ADD


    What could Jenny Lawson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Let some else read it. Get singing lessons if you are determined to SING the chapter title. Stop rambling. ...allow your editor remove 60% of this book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jenny Lawson’s performances?

    Not a chance.


    What character would you cut from Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    Let's remove Jenny


    Any additional comments?

    Yuck

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nanner Georgia 06-08-14
    Nanner Georgia 06-08-14 Member Since 2013

    Loving listening!!!

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    "Annoying and Vapid"
    What disappointed you about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    I was told about this book by a friend, and I expected to love it; I may be better to read it in print, as I found the author to be so annoying, that I only lasted about five minutes. Her story is conversational and rambling; As the reader, I felt like I was on the phone with a self-indulgent, bitchy teenager.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ebony Henderson 04-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "OMG this is the worst book I've ever read!!!"
    What would have made Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) better?

    Not writing this crap at all would have been best.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jenny Lawson again?

    NO NEVER!!!


    What didn’t you like about Jenny Lawson’s performance?

    Everything...i just didn't think it was funny or entertaining at all.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time or money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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