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
No, but I have recommended it to friends. Lawson does a great job of reading the novel.
Comical, genuine, loving, inspiring.
Parts of it got slow, but all parts of the book had a purpose.
I loved how Jenny discussed how she overcame her mental illness through living life and loving her daughter. I think this book can be inspirational to any adult.
It was. Some of the stories were extremely, laugh-out-loud, funny. Others felt over the top and contrived. The serious parts of the book were very good and honest.
No, probably not. I enjoyed the book enough, but am not interested in learning more about her personal life. If she wrote a fiction book, then I would probably read it.
Decent Heartfelt. Honest.
Yes. I thought it was a little long for a memoir. The other books like this that I have read were about half as long and I found them more enjoyable.
If you don't like cussing and/or don't believe in the zombie apocalypse this book might not be for you. A handful of the stories really are hilarious and the relationship between Jenny and her husband is great. Hearing an author read her own memoir always makes the listen better in my opinion and that is the case here.
Author of Kindertransport
I loved that the author was the reader. It made the book more entertaining. I loved that their were nuggets that didn't appear in the book.
I was listening to it in my car when my cell phone rang and a 911 operator asked me about dead bodies. Imagine me trying to explain that it was an audio book!
Jenny Lawson is milk-through-your-nose funny.
She is hilarious and totally shameless. Has me saying totally all the time. Loved the cursing.
Her dad is awesome. Id like to meet him
laughed my a@$ off
The singing of the chapters is totally annoying, but I lived with it.
Jenny lends her own voice to this collection of stories, and I think that it enhances the experience considerably. While the singsongy chapter introductions were kind of awkward and the language was definitely NSFW, her colorful recollections were very enjoyable. It probably wouldn't stand up well to a repeat listen, at least not right away, but I enjoyed my time with Jenny. She taught me a few colorful curses I wouldn't've otherwise known.
The story of the book and the events are quite funny and well written. But trying to put a moral into a humorous book doesn't work. Some of the jokes falls very short.
To make the book more enjoyable, i would have removed the serious parts. She is a comedian, not a philosopher.
I think this book is very entertaining. The stories she tells are great, and it is interesting to hear about her childhood. Sometimes she makes herself seem very dumb, which is not a flattering feature.
This book made me giggle - almost constantly. I felt like I was listening to one of my girlfriends chatting on the phone.
Funny - easy way with telling a story
Language a little rough - but I loved it anyway
Hilarious, deep and personal
This book takes you everywhere, I laughed like crazy and I shed some tears.
I absolutely recommend this book, it's simply awesome. Jenny is a very talented storyteller.
Laugh out-loud funny!
That Jenny Lawson narrated it herself.
No, I haven't.
Yes, I went through it very quickly.
Tina Fey's Bossy Pants. Because they are both very irreverent, and snort while laughing funny. I loved Tina's book, but I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Jenny's book.
I'm a 54 year old Gma, and I nearly fell off a ladder ( pruning trumpet vines) while listening to this book. I was laughing so hard that my son came out to see if I was ok. I can't remember another book that was as funny as Let's Pretend. Jenny's narration was perfect. Her ability to mix pain, heartbreak, embarrassment, and humor are a rare gift. I must admit that I found her use of profanity a possible new form of art. I found her chapter on metal chickens enlightening, and who can't use one more lesson on couch etiquette. She gives us all permission to be a bit more authentic, and to not get so stuck in our own baggage, and issues.
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