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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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    Andrea EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ, United States 08-22-13
    Andrea EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "most ANNOYING book ever"
    What would have made Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) better?

    this woman is so forced it's hard to pay attention, she spend s the first 10min of the book trying to remind you she is funny by saying "you can't make this up people" I really don't want to listen to it anymore but i'm sooooooo bummed I wasted a credit on it I might keep trying to torture myself through it!


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

    This woman thinks she's the funniest, wackiest, person in history and wants you to know it and never forget it. ANNOYING.


    2 of 2 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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea @ The Busy Bibliophile USA 06-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "If you like The Bloggess, check this one out."
    Any additional comments?

    Everyone has read Jenny’s blog, The Bloggess (and if you haven’t, why the hell not?), and her debut memoir is just like it, full of crazy things she does, awkward conversations she has, crazy texts she shares with Victor or sometimes, dark places she finds herself when her anxiety or depression take hold. The chapters are individual stories, told in chronological order.

    Jenny states in the beginning that most of the stories are true, and even though she says only names and dates have been changed, you have to wonder if everything else could really be true. If so, she’s had quite the life! There were a few stories or mentions that I recall from reading her blog, but most everything in the book was new to me.

    The way she deals with the setbacks and disappointments in her life are wonderful; she is a great example of how humor can make most anything better. There are some truly sad parts, like her many miscarriages, but she continues on. Though it’s sad at the time, she can look back later and find the funny. She talks a lot about her husband, Victor, and I just adore him. He has (almost) the same sense of humor as Jenny, and he has the patience and understanding of a saint.

    My only complaint is the audiobook. I adore Jenny Lawson, but her voice grates on my nerves. A lot of the time, she spoke in a monotone, with hardly any inflection. Several times, she would read a long paragraph or story (in a monotone), and her voice would get this gravelly sound. It got so bad I wanted to say “Clear your throat already!” And for some strange reason, she sang the chapter titles. Not very well. For those reasons alone, I would suggest going for the print version instead of the audio version.

    If you like The Bloggess, or awkwardly funny situations, check this one. Beware the salty language.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristy United States 06-06-13
    Kristy United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Author/narrator is annoying and self absorbed"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy AMARILLO, TX, United States 06-04-13
    Kathy AMARILLO, TX, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2011

    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.

    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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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 04-19-12
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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    "SO FREAKIN' AWESOME !!"

    I am only halfway through this book but I don't need to listen to the rest to say it's the funniest damn thing I've listened to in my entire life. I'm a big fan of Jenny Lawson's blog (The Bloggess) so I knew what to expect and was looking forward to this book for months. I am so glad I chose audio rather than the print version because hearing her read it is the epitome of awesome. I'm saving the second half to listen to at work tomorrow and then I'm going to be so sad because it will be over. Her humor is really twisted and may not be appropriate for those with tender ears or sensitive f-bomb detectors - so if you are uptight or too "mature" to enjoy anecdotal hilarity peppered with foul language then steer clear of this one.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Laura SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 01-30-14
    Laura SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Recommended as comparable to Sedaris, Not So!"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon San Pedro, CA, United States 10-22-13
    Sharon San Pedro, CA, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "So not David Sedaris"
    What disappointed you about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    It's the shtick of all the cutesy asides to the listener, in a voice that grates on the nerves.
    Sorry.


    Would you recommend Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Could have been funnier with editing and someone else reading it.


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

    no.


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

    She has some great material, minus the shtick and her voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Serena Lowell, Ma, United States 06-06-13
    Serena Lowell, Ma, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2013

    Drummer, curler, roller skater, standard nerd.

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    "ADHD dream"
    Would you try another book from Jenny Lawson and/or Jenny Lawson?

    Maybe if I didn't have to listen to it. Her stories were funny in that "omg that totally didn't happen, did it?" way but the performance was so high strung that it stressed me out listening to it.


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

    Victor deserves sainthood. I hope the pearly gates just open right up for him when it is his time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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