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
Lawson does a great job of reading this book. Highly recommend it as an audible book.
I definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone who appreciates quirky humor and doesn't mind a bit of swearing. OK, a lot of swearing. And along with the crazy and funny stories that dominate the book, she talks openly about her ongoing struggles with health issues (including anxiety and depression), adding depth to her overall narrative and making the whole of her work seem warm and personal. She handles serious topics with grace, delivering a factual narrative that conveys the heartbreak without dwelling in pity. Then she moves back into humors stories with a natural ease that doesn't jolt the listener.
I was impressed with Jenny's narrative ability - she reads the stories with a natural animation and enthusiasm as if she were having a conversation.
I've been a Jenny Lawson blog reader and a Twitter follower for a while, and spent months looking forward to the publication of this book. I am delighted that I chose the audiobook version, as her sparkling personality really came through as she read this in her own voice.
Funniest book I have read in a long time! The chapter about Jenkins was my fave.
All of it. If forced to pick, it would be the extra stuff at the end, for audible only. Put a bird on it.
Revenge of the Paste Eaters
I wish she's let some more of her southern accent through.
I grew up in a small town with a lot of characters in it. My favorite people come from families like Jenny's, I'm probably from one too. I think odd balls scare people that haven't been there. My friends that grew up in suburbs, with normal families & friends didn't like this book as much as my friends that are oddballs. THANK YOU JENNY!!!
Yes, it was amusing and random. Jenny Lawson has a gift for weaving in deep thoughts with mundane and making the audience smile at it all.
Bossypants, Tina Fey
I liked the narrator was Jenny Lawson. Her voice became monotonous and whiny after several chapters. It was hard not to tune her out. Also, it was hard to discern the difference between herself and her impression of other characters during certain conversations.
I think it might work as a TV series if they focused on the embarrassing childhood memories. I don't think the adult Jenny stories were as interesting.
The main star could be Chloe Moretz. Her mom could be Melissa Gilbert (since Laura Ingalls is referenced throughout the book) and her father could be Jeff Daniels.
The author's wit and skewed sense of humor.
She sings the chapter titles!
It's like _Geek Love_, but with taxidermy instead of human experimentation, and humor instead of religious cult followings, and reality instead of fiction. Oh, hell. It's nothing like _Geek Love_.
Ok, so I listened to this book on a seven hour car trip by myself to attend a favorite aunt's funeral. In hindsight, a dumb idea. I had figured I needed an upbeat listen while going to such a sad event. My usual fare of heartwarming books about special dogs who die too young or biographies about people battling debilitating mental illness would just tempt me to drive off an interstate bridge in a heightened depressed state of mind. It was going to be a sad occasion so I needed to keep my spirits up. Unfortunately, it worked too well. Jenny Lawson's reading of her book had the effect of planting some amazingly ridiculous images in my mind which stayed there through the funeral mass, despite my best efforts to brainbleach them out. Most notably, I got a totally inappropriate set of gigglefits during the homily with the image of Jenny requesting her obstetrician to "sew up her vagina" with a Harry Potter lightning bolt after the birth of her daughter. This was so that when she got menstrual cramps in the future she could claim it was because Voldemort was nearby. My sister and stepmother, sitting with me at the service, kept stealing worried glances at me, convinced I was experiencing a serious breakdown in my grief but also puzzled as to why my sobs sounded more like stifled guffaws. The book is seriously that funny. I felt a little like Mary Richards in an old Mary Tyler Moore episode...the one where Chuckles the Clown is killed in a circus parade by a stampeding elephant because he is dressed as a giant peanut. Mary is appalled at everyone's jokes about the event until the funeral when the absurdity of the situation finally hits her and she can't keep from laughing. I finally had to get up, climb across an entire pew of grief-stricken relatives and go outside to deal with my laughter. I knew my wonderful aunt would understand but the rest of my relatives...not so much. Their reactions ranged from deep concern about my mental well-being to just plain being pissed-off that I lost it in church. Both groups seemed to avoid any contact with me for the rest of the day
My point is this book is FUNNY...not just polite tee-hee, "isn't that clever" amusing... but laugh-out-loud, howl til you cry and maybe wet yourself, lose your breath and get a headache hysterical! Even the sad parts (and there are some) have humor. I want this woman as my best friend so I can call her up and just listen to her to keep my endorphins going. I just KNOW we could manage to get into some very imaginative and memorable trouble together. She doesn't take herself, anyone else or life too seriously and I'm pretty sure that's the way we are intended to live. I'll have to ask my favorite aunt the next time I see her.
Disclaimer: Ok, so I didn't actually embarrass myself at the funeral but I borrowed a trick of Jenny's by mixing fact and fiction. So I will edit this to read "A Mostly True Review."(less)
The author is also the reader, which makes for a much better listening experience.
Jenny Lawson is funny and insightful and perfect.
no, well, just on CNN. Google it people!
Her open letter to Victor was like she was inside my brain.
This was a fantastic audio book. Jenny Lawson's honesty is so compelling because, I think, she can't help it. She seems to not be able to "polish a turd" to turn a poetic phrase. I love this quality. It made the book hysterical and didn't make me feel uncomfortable even during the most embarrassing moments.
You should get this and then get it for a friend too. Yeah, get two. It's the best way to go.
Ridiculous, Brilliant, Funny.
I have not, but loved this one...she is so witty!
I don't usually laugh out loud, but i did ALOT during this audio book..
I probably would listen again, because I don't think the punchlines are what make this audio so hilarious. It's Jenny's delivery, and her way of saying things. My husband and I listened to it on a long car trip, and I was afraid he wouldn't enjoy it because it seemed like "chick lit" from the write-up, but Jenny had us both in hysterics. He LOVED it - an almost 60 year old man, and he LOVED it!!
Jenny's reading of her description of the "pet" raccoon's "face fight" with her sister had us both laughing so hard we were gasping for air.
Jenny's reading is so animated and, of course, exquisitely attuned to the content of the book that you feel like you are there with her (and Victor).
The chapter about Jenny's first pregnancy and losing the baby was heartrending.
You probably ought to be careful if you are listening to this book on a car trip, as we were. It's hard to stay on the road when you're laughing so hard that you're crying!
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