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
I don't think so. I'm glad Jenny's perspective is out there, and she's been able to connect with so many people. I just don't think it's a perspective (or voice) I need in my life. Frankly, it's tiring! I also wonder about authors that rely so heavily on their own lives for material. Often in this case, they only have one good book in them.
Jenny has an interesting and unique perspective and I'm glad she wrote this book. I know what it's like to work in a soul sucking office, so good for her that she quit and wrote a book successfully. For the book to work, you have to like Jenny. Sometimes I did, and sometimes I was wondering how someone so anxious and neurotic gets through the day, never the less with a child. This is coming from someone who is quite anxious and neurotic, so I get it, but it was painful at moments. Then again, there were very strong moments in the book, like when she wrote about her miscarriages. I feel like that did a great service to so many women out there with similar experiences.
Once I started listening to this book I immediately thought maybe I should have just bought the book and I would have enjoyed it more. Jenny's voice and poorly singing each chapter is agitating to say the least. Her tone and presentation made me dislike the book eventually.
No, but I have recommended it to friends. Lawson does a great job of reading the novel.
Comical, genuine, loving, inspiring.
Parts of it got slow, but all parts of the book had a purpose.
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.
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.
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.
Decent Heartfelt. Honest.
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.
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.
Author of Kindertransport
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.
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!
Jenny Lawson is milk-through-your-nose funny.
She is hilarious and totally shameless. Has me saying totally all the time. Loved the cursing.
Her dad is awesome. Id like to meet him
laughed my a@$ off
The singing of the chapters is totally annoying, but I lived with it.
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.
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.
To make the book more enjoyable, i would have removed the serious parts. She is a comedian, not a philosopher.
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.
This book made me giggle - almost constantly. I felt like I was listening to one of my girlfriends chatting on the phone.
Funny - easy way with telling a story
Language a little rough - but I loved it anyway
Hilarious, deep and personal
This book takes you everywhere, I laughed like crazy and I shed some tears.
I absolutely recommend this book, it's simply awesome. Jenny is a very talented storyteller.
Laugh out-loud funny!
That Jenny Lawson narrated it herself.
No, I haven't.
Yes, I went through it very quickly.
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