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
I like listening to books and this book was interesting enough that I finished it.
I don't think so, I liked the book but wasn't particularly excited by it.
Hmmmm..... this is a tough one. I think a book is probably always best read by the actual author and I really enjoyed that she read it (even though her voice was slightly annoying) as I feel like I get to know her better. The singing each chapter title was AWFUL though!
No, I can't.
It was an okay read - definitely kind of funny at times but also a bit too silly at times.
You will embarrass yourself with chuckles, belly laughs, snorts, and smeared mascara. It really is that damn funny! Only once did I think the story bogged down a bit, but that was because everything that preceded it was so hilarious.
It certainly stands out from the crowd of memoir due to the humorous treatment of life challenges that some people don't overcome. And they are issues that don't just hit you in the face with grief and helplessness, but take you on down the road of life.
One big question I had as the story unfolded was answered in the final chapters. I won't spoil it for you.
Who better to read it than the author?! No one could fully interpret her sense of timing and style.
Treat yourself to this book. But don't read it in the doctor's waiting room. Your "snortles" will disturb others in the room.
I always love to hear the story directly from the source. Jenny Lawson makes it feel like you're sitting down with her to talk. It doesn't feel scripted or robotic.
Hearing the stories about Jenny's father and his crazy ideas was so funny. It's hard to imagine growing up with that being 'the normal'.
My favorite part was when Victor's parents met Jenny's for the first time.
The most emotional part for me was the part about having kids (no spoilers!).
This was a great book in print and in audio, everyone should totally read/listen to it!
This was a stupid book. It wasn't funny or interesting, just stupid. I couldn't force myself to finish it.
I laughed and cried and laugh-cry-peed-a-little through this entire book. I'm so glad I got the audio version. Hearing her say "ya'll" makes me smile every time (Alabama girl here, so "ya'll" is one of my favorite words). It's nice to know we are not alone in our journey through anxiety and other various cray cray disorders. Also, that laughing makes you feel better even when you don't want to. I look forward to her next book (which I just bought 30 seconds ago, YAY!)
An uproariously funny book with a performance par excellence by the author. You will be chuckling every time you remember her stories and you can't help but share with others.
Jenny Lawson has found a beautiful harmony of being genuinely honest and absolutely hilarious. I was laughing in public constantly to the point of being out of breath.
Her wit doesn't over power the moments of sincerity about struggling with a mental illness and trying to live life as your best self.
Jenny really shows who she is through how she talks. Her voice adds to the comedic timing and the nostalgia she feels in certain chapters. I was even laughing with how she says the titles of each chapters.
It's completely relateable. She brings an honesty that most writers and even humans are afraid to share. I truly believe everyone can have a moment they relate too in this book.
If you read one book this year. Make it this one. By far the best read I've read. Jenny Lawson was meant to be an author.
I totally want to hang out with Jenny Lawson, but I will smack her if she sings while talking! She has a good voice, but dude, this is an audio book not a music CD!!
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