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
Structure, organization, substance.
She read the book in a voice like one of the teenagers on a Disney Channel show.
Her stories are occasionally funny and sweet.
A silly comic tale
She narrates with a lot of energy
Get book for a long road trip
I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.
"So, ohmygosh. This book was fantastic. I have not considered myself a memoir/autobiography person in the past but I may have to amend that sentiment. This book was one of a few autobiographies that I have enjoyed as of late. It was so funny and surprisingly poignant. I listened to it twice. As a disclaimer, I will say that I have read many of The Bloggess's blog entries and enjoyed them. So, I was probably predisposed to enjoy this particular brand of humor. But this book was even better than the blog. Jenny narrates this herself and does a great job. I will concede that if you do not enjoy the blog then do not bother with this book, you will not enjoy it. If you have not heard of her blog, google The Bloggess. You're welcome. This book is a collection of stories from Jenny's life. The text version comes with photographs. Audiobook lovers fear not. You can see them on flickr. Audible won't let me post the link. So when you are at flickr's home page you need to type slash photos slash thebloggess slash albums.
Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.
No, once is enough. It was definitely entertaining and enjoyable but I don't need to relive any of it.
I'd compare it to Jenny Lawson's (the author) blog. If you read her blog and you find yourself amused and entertained, you'll enjoy her book. It's just quirky and irreverent tales from her real life and real experiences told through her own filter with lots of cursing. It made me laugh out loud at parts. Some parts are taken directly from her blog. Some were new to me.
Surprisingly, I found it took a few chapters to get used to Jenny's voice. My husband pointed out that it has a little bit of a higher pitched almost whiney quality that he wasn't expecting and after that I couldn't un-hear it. However, my love for Ms. Lawson and her slightly insane outlook and sense of humor overshadows any shortcomings in her narration by a long shot.
Much about Jenny Lawson's world really resonates with me and I found her style very engaging, easy to follow, and hilarious. Just what I was looking for. Highly recommend, especially if you spent your childhood summers in west Texas like I did. Papa used to go to that cotton gin in Well, Texas “Where Ginning is an Art and Service. A Pleasure”. What a wonderful view into rural living. "Read" this book, get some bonus bits not in the written version, and fall in love with Jenny's entire family!
I probably would have enjoyed it more if I physically read it rather than listening to her. Took me a longgggg time to finally finish. Singing the chapter names got increasing annoying as it went on.
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