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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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    Susan Elkhart, Iowa, United States 06-25-12
    Susan Elkhart, Iowa, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This book is well read and well written!"
    What made the experience of listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) the most enjoyable?

    Lawson does a great job of reading this book. Highly recommend it as an audible book.


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    Kris Toma Texas 06-23-12
    Kris Toma Texas 06-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Humorous stories with unexpected depth"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What about Jenny Lawson’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Marijane Kipp Columbus 06-22-12
    Marijane Kipp Columbus 06-22-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Funniest Book I've Read in Ages"
    What did you love best about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    Funniest book I have read in a long time! The chapter about Jenkins was my fave.


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    Beth Hall Chicago, IL USA 06-22-12
    Beth Hall Chicago, IL USA 06-22-12 Member Since 2002
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    "If you like quirky people, you'll love this"
    What did you love best about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    All of it. If forced to pick, it would be the extra stuff at the end, for audible only. Put a bird on it.


    What other book might you compare Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to and why?

    Revenge of the Paste Eaters


    What about Jenny Lawson’s performance did you like?

    I wish she's let some more of her southern accent through.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    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!!!

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    Kat MD 06-21-12
    Kat MD 06-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Quirky and Monotone"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to and why?

    Bossypants, Tina Fey


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    Could you see Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


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    chelseabrimer Overland Park, KS, United States 06-19-12
    chelseabrimer Overland Park, KS, United States 06-19-12
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    "Fell out of my chair laughing"
    Where does Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Tops!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's wit and skewed sense of humor.


    What about Jenny Lawson’s performance did you like?

    She sings the chapter titles!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    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_.


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    Mary Ann Benson Portland, ME 06-18-12
    Mary Ann Benson Portland, ME 06-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Warning: Don't listen on your way to a funeral!"

    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)

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    amy Lewis Center, OH, United States 06-11-12
    amy Lewis Center, OH, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than 'Cats!'"
    What made the experience of listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) the most enjoyable?

    The author is also the reader, which makes for a much better listening experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jenny Lawson is funny and insightful and perfect.


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Lawson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, well, just on CNN. Google it people!


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

    Her open letter to Victor was like she was inside my brain.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Beth United States 06-11-12
    Beth United States 06-11-12
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    "Great Book!"
    If you could sum up Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) in three words, what would they be?

    Ridiculous, Brilliant, Funny.


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Lawson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but loved this one...she is so witty!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't usually laugh out loud, but i did ALOT during this audio book..


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    Deborah Dawson Dallas, Texas USA 06-11-12
    Deborah Dawson Dallas, Texas USA 06-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Jenny Lawson makes time just fly by"
    Would you listen to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) again? Why?

    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!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    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.


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

    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).


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

    The chapter about Jenny's first pregnancy and losing the baby was heartrending.


    Any additional comments?

    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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