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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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    Karen United States 02-02-13
    Karen United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Every "ing" is pronounced "ink""
    What would have made Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) better?

    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.


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

    Nope.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yep.


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

    Dissapointink narratink


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    brimah Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 07-15-13
    brimah Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "This was supposed to be funny"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    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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    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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    Linda San Luis Obispo, CA, USA 05-02-12
    Linda San Luis Obispo, CA, USA 05-02-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Every Negative Reviewer is Just Jealous!"
    Would you listen to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hello? Jenny of course, though Victor must be a saint.


    What does Jenny Lawson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She lived it, or imagined it, not sure.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Pretty much the whole thing made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm pretty sure there is no Jenny Lawson; she is a character created by Christopher Moore.

    16 of 23 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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