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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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    Liz 11-09-12
    Liz 11-09-12
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    "Funny coming of age (as an adult)"
    Would you listen to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) again? Why?

    No, but I have recommended it to friends. Lawson does a great job of reading the novel.


    What about Jenny Lawson’s performance did you like?

    Comical, genuine, loving, inspiring.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Parts of it got slow, but all parts of the book had a purpose.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Tabitha 11-07-12
    Tabitha 11-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jenny Lawson? Why or why not?

    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.


    What three words best describe Jenny Lawson’s performance?

    Decent Heartfelt. Honest.


    Was Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Adrian 11-07-12
    Adrian 11-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Author of Kindertransport

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    What made the experience of listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    Jenny Lawson is milk-through-your-nose funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cathy GRANTS PASS, OR, United States 11-05-12
    cathy GRANTS PASS, OR, United States 11-05-12
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    "Hilarious!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) the most enjoyable?

    She is hilarious and totally shameless. Has me saying totally all the time. Loved the cursing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Her dad is awesome. Id like to meet him


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

    laughed my a@$ off


    Any additional comments?

    The singing of the chapters is totally annoying, but I lived with it.

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    Dana R. Holmes Tampa, FL USA 10-30-12
    Dana R. Holmes Tampa, FL USA 10-30-12
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    "Stories you'll be glad didn't happen to you."

    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.

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    Carl INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 10-21-12
    Carl INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Strange mix of humor and seriousness"
    What did you like best about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)? What did you like least?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    To make the book more enjoyable, i would have removed the serious parts. She is a comedian, not a philosopher.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Melissa BLUFFDALE, UT, United States 10-16-12
    Melissa BLUFFDALE, UT, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) again? Why?

    This book made me giggle - almost constantly. I felt like I was listening to one of my girlfriends chatting on the phone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Funny - easy way with telling a story


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

    no.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Language a little rough - but I loved it anyway

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Oorlog BOGOTA, Colombia 10-09-12
    Sara Oorlog BOGOTA, Colombia 10-09-12
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    "The best I've read in a long time!"
    If you could sum up Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, deep and personal


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

    This book takes you everywhere, I laughed like crazy and I shed some tears.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely recommend this book, it's simply awesome. Jenny is a very talented storyteller.

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    Robyn DDO, QC, Canada 10-08-12
    Robyn DDO, QC, Canada 10-08-12
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    "Laugh out loud funny!"
    If you could sum up Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) in three words, what would they be?

    Laugh out-loud funny!


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Jenny Lawson narrated it herself.


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

    No, I haven't.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I went through it very quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Sandy, UT, United States 10-02-12
    Alice Sandy, UT, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2007
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    "CAUTION, DON'T LISTEN TO THIS WHILE ON A LADDER!"
    What other book might you compare Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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