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
Different narrator would have made this better. Sorry Jenny, I just can't get past your saying "ink" instead of "ing" for all words ending in "ing" and boy, there were a lot of those words. I think in this case I would have preferred reading the actual book. Or sayink in your language, I would have preferred readink the actual book.
Maybe I'm just too picky about humor, or something. This didn't have punchlines so much as "no really... it's true... isn't my life crazy?!" And the stories didn't go anywhere. I gave up after a few chapters.
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'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.
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.
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.
Probably not. I think she reads way to fast.
Disappointment for sure. Her blog is so funny. And frustration. All of the stories just keep dragging and she never gets to the point.
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.
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.
Yes, her stories are so funny and self absorbed you get sucked into her reality. I would read it again just to see if I could be objective.
Hello? Jenny of course, though Victor must be a saint.
She lived it, or imagined it, not sure.
Pretty much the whole thing made me laugh.
I'm pretty sure there is no Jenny Lawson; she is a character created by Christopher Moore.
Drug users. People with OCD or ADD
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.
Not a chance.
Let's remove Jenny
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.
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