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
Listening to books on my commute and throughout my home when I can!
I loved the musical effects in every chapter.
I haven't read/listened to any other book similar to this one. The stories are unbelievable!
The beginning of the book is amazing and carries throughout but at the end I to the point where I thought, did this stuff really happen?! Nonetheless, a great book to listen to on a commute.
Just not my kind of book. I didn't care for the narrator's (author) voice and the subject matter I found less amusing than annoying. Frequent swearing may be normal speech for this author, but I found it distracting and intrusive.
Something with a little more depth
The rare moments when the author spoke seriously and from the heart.
I was audible before it was cool. Love to listen to books as I have no time to read these days. Love all genres - just about the story.
I actually think audio is a better venue for this book as Jenny's quick speaking and inflection would be lost in just the written word.
Jenny, as this is a memoir. I share so many of her thought processes but her experiences are so refreshing. I would have thought/felt the same as she in most of the events.
Delivery, delivery, delivery. Comedic timing is not in every narrator and is often lost in writing.
No, because other people around me would think me insane for all the laughter. This was enjoyed alone like a secret pleasure.
If you have an odd childhood, anxiety of any type, low self esteem or never personally experienced an acid trip. This book will enlighten you in the best ways.
She is funny - she makes me laugh, like alot. I cant say she is the funniest woman I have ever read, but she is right up there. Like if I made a standard size post-it note list of funny woman books, this would make the list. There. I said it on the internet. I like Jenny Lawson.
I would say the trying to have a baby chapter. But that is sort of sad and it was especially sad for me because we tried and tried and tried to have a baby with no success. So it sort of hit me, thanks for that unexpected gut punch Ms. Lawson, by the way...but, in her defense, I understand not leaving that out...you couldnt leave something THAT crucial and poignant out... lets just say, I did stay sitting in the car in park till the chapter ended, but it wasnt for the laughs on that particular snipet.
The thing I found most entertaining was the chapter on the post-it note argument with husband Victor...I could almost see this unraveling in my own home and my husband was afraid when i read it aloud to him! Nice Jenny!!
I have listened to/read her blog. She is always entertaining.
this is a stretch for me...maybe "crazy... but funny?"
thanks for the laughs!
I dare you to come up with a memoir funnier than Jenny Lawson's. Go on, try naming one.
I like to vary my listening....deep dramas give way to campy mysteries... Political bestsellers give way to hilarious memoirs.
Having just finished "Double Down" (((well, I'm halfway thru it....it's basically 1 million hours, so I'll get there eventually))) I needed something funny with an edge. Double Down is almost freakishly dry compared to the movie version of the first book, Game Change. Maybe the first time I've encountered a movie that was waaaaay better than the book.
Let's Pretend was the perfect listen to wash away all the self-important B.S. that droned on during my Double Down listen. Jenny Lawson's voice sounds just as you would imagine it if you actually *read* the book. In fact, I'm not sure this book should be read. The rambling nature of Jenny's writing style seriously lends itself to the whole audiobook thing. ....and i use the term "rambling" in the best possible sense :) Her ramblings are what make the book so damn funny.
In a year or so, when I'm looking for a new listen, I'm sure I'll replay this one. And then again, in another couple years. Money well spent!
Yes because I identified with the author on so many levels and her stories are delightfully absurd... and yet relatable.
Haley. She was hard to come by.
No, I haven't.
Yes. I had to pace myself and am sad that it's over.
Yes, I would listed to this again. She is funny and I like her quippy style. Is quippy a word???
Jenny's dad and the funny stories about him.
The fact that she read and wrote the book. I like when the author narrates their own books.
Absolutely! This book is laugh out loud funny. One of the best books I've read in years.
Jenny Lawson has a unique and interesting voice. However, after you get where she is coming from, it becomes increasingly hard to listen to her talk about her many neurotic experiences. At least for me, what started out as charming eventually became annoying. So, considering she is a blog writer, I think blogging is her best format. You can spread her out over many months and still be charmed. It is just by putting it all together into a book format that her strength becomes her weakness.
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