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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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    Brian albuquerque, NM, United States 05-21-12
    Brian albuquerque, NM, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "That is a funny book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Maybe a different reader.


    Would you recommend Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to your friends? Why or why not?

    It would have to be the correct friend. Perfect for Gen X folks. Great references to our generation experiences.


    Did Jenny Lawson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    N/A


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

    Sure.


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    Suzette P. Ferreira California 05-18-12
    Suzette P. Ferreira California 05-18-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Just plain loved it!"

    Definitely worth buying - funny, sad, sarcastic, this book has it all!! Would love to listen to anything else from Jenny Lawson.

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    Greta Kathryn Lemon Grove, CA, United States 05-18-12
    Greta Kathryn Lemon Grove, CA, United States 05-18-12

    I credit audible for improving my listening skills.

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

    Jenny Lawson is so random, its hilarious. Her stories are uber bizarre and extremely entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her stories from childhood and adult life, oh heck, the whole whole book. I especially liked her affinity for stuffed dead animals in costume and the wacky names she gave them.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt very uncomfortable when she sang the intros to the songs, but that may be a personal problem more than anything.

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    "Laugh out loud humor"
    What did you love best about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    First of all I think swearing makes everything funnier, so this book was right up my alley. The authors account of her out of this world experiences are insanely entertaining, although dark at times. I went through a high mix of emotions from being on the verge of vomiting, to extreme laughter, to teary eyed. If you're looking for no holds barred stories this is a great one. If you don't like swearing or can't handle gross accounts, including animal remains, steer clear!


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    Eric United States 05-14-12
    Eric United States 05-14-12
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    "Laughing Out Loud while Working Out"
    Where does Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have loved Jenny's blog for a long time! Love having her antics so I can listen to them while doing the dreaded cardio!


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    Caitlin Rochester, MN, United States 05-14-12
    Caitlin Rochester, MN, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't Read While Running"
    Where does Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook is definitely in my top 5.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author, or course.


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Lawson – was your favorite?

    Herself.


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

    As my review headline says, don't read while running. This book tends to inspire gasp-laughing that catches you by surprise. There were a couple of instance in which I was listening to this book while jogging. Keeping steady breathing going is important when you jog, but the laughter was uncontrollable. I felt light headed a time or two.


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    David Oberhart 05-14-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Hilarious and Honest"
    What made the experience of listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) the most enjoyable?

    Jenny was true to her self and her story. She was the only person who could have done this book justice. Walking in her shoes had to be hard, and laughing at life was her coping mechanism, and she shares it beautifully.


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

    Honestly, this title stands alone.


    What does Jenny Lawson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing her tell the story, and actually talking to the audio book listener made it more personal of a reading experience.


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

    My wife and I listened to this book together, and we both laughed and cried.


    Any additional comments?

    Some strong language, and if the word vagina scares you, pick something else.

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    shay haifa, Israel 05-13-12
    shay haifa, Israel 05-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "LOVED IT! I HAVE LISTENED TO THE AUDIO TWICE!"

    I stumbled upon her blog and loved it. bought the audio and loved it. really, she is a great talent. the only thing is, she talks really fast and that's a shame cause you want to enjoy every funny sentence but she's already off to the next one. Dear Jenny, I will buy your audio, but please, slower...

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    Annissa Akron, OH, United States 05-08-12
    Annissa Akron, OH, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2012

    Married. Mother. Student. Full-time job. 33 years old. Doctor Who fanatic. Not necessarily in that order.

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    "Surprisingly thought-provoking"

    I only started reading thebloggess a few weeks ago, so while I am a little familiar with her style, I hadn't already heard most of the stories. I really enjoyed this book. Her stories are hilarious, but sometimes she throws a curveball and I found myself occasionally stunned by the heavy turns it takes. And I mean that in a good way. This book isn't just a bunch of fluff. There is some good, solid substance here.

    She warns the readers in the beginning that they will be offended. I never found myself offended (perhaps I'm just as crass as the author), but I can see how other people might be. This book isn't for the prim or pretentious. But if you're cool with taxidermy and clinical (though not entirely accurate) words for the female anatomy, you should be just fine listening to this audio.

    I only have two criticisms. First, I didn't care for the sung chapter headings. Penguin should've hired a band, because that would have been awesome. Second, Ms. Lawson is an incredible blogger, but she's not a particularly gifted narrator. She has a certain rhythm and many jokes are delivered exactly the same way and that became somewhat tedious.

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    Davy Buntinx Mechelen, Belgium 05-06-12
    Davy Buntinx Mechelen, Belgium 05-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Tries to read 1 book a week, listens to music at work and podcasts on the train, watches quality TV to unwind and owns an Xbox 360.

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    "Tina Fey done right"
    What did you love best about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    The best thing about this audiobook is the performance Jenny Lawson put into it. It's almost more of a play than a reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story unfolded as one of a crazy woman rambling about her daily doings into one of heartfelt agony about real life problems, making the listener sober up while still holding a certain comedic effect.


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Lawson – was your favorite?

    Jenny is absolutely bonkers, in a good kind of way, I think. I think so too.


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