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 didn't like the narrator, the voice did not match the story. This sounded like it was being read by a 15 year old girl. I was expecting this to be funny, this was downright painful to listen to.
The audiobook is read by the author. And yep, I am pretty sure she is crazy. Just like the rest of us. The thing that stands out most from having listened to the book is that Jenny Lawson pronounces words ending in "-ing" as a "k". So... "the think that stands out most from havink listened..." you get the idea. Other than that, pretty funny, kind of weird, a good memoir for the socially awkward, introverted and folks sufferin(k) from GAD (General Anxiety Disorder). You. Are. Not. Alone.
Just plain funny stuff. Listening to her recount numerous "hand to the face" actions and social interactions, I have no doubt she was valedictorian at wife school.
Certain books are better in audio format than in print form; I believe this book is a great example of this due to the narration by the author. She brings the entire range of her emotions to life as no other narrator could because they are HERS.
Her great delivery and excellent, often manic pacing brings another level of humor to these anecdotes. Stories that would elicit wry smiles or soft chuckles in print are elevated to laugh out loud status by her "This is totally true!" rapid delivery and sometimes breathless account of growing up an outlier.
Following Ms. Lawson's journey from young girl to high school outsider to college where she met Victor who became her loving and long suffering husband was funny and fun. Her range of emotions brings a hold on to your seat quality to this roller coaster collection. Hold on!
I had never heard of Jenny Lawson before buying this audiobook, but I judging by the title I just knew I would enjoy this book. I was right! Jenny's stories are uproariously hilarious, someone should make a sitcom based on her life. Also, it felt really good to know there's someone out there who is more weird than I. =P
This book was not what I thought it was going to be however it exceeded my expectations. This book made me laugh and cry! She was an amazing narrator and I can't wait for book #2.
There's quite a bit of crudity in this book. But the authors delivery is so entertaining I was able to overlook it. My husband couldn't. I think it went on a little too long. But it's really quite funny. Liked it a lot.
A must read if you like humorous books. The language is very adult. I have never heard a memoir like hers before. I highly recommend it.
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