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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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    D. S. Smith Dallas, Texas 05-19-12
    D. S. Smith Dallas, Texas 05-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
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    Oh, I do so adore The Bloggess! She has the most amazingly twisted and wonderful way of looking at the world that I’ve ever encountered. And since the audiobook is narrated by the woman herself, it makes the book that much better. She swears! She screams! She has silly asides! And to cap it all off, she has out-takes at the end! My only problem listening to this book is that I listen while I’m driving (I should have known better, probably), and there were several times I feared for my life, driving down the road with tears streaming, face contorted in laughter, afraid I’d crash the car at any moment. She’s just that damned funny. BUY THIS AUDIOBOOK!

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Whitesage 04-12-13
    Whitesage 04-12-13

    Commuting and writing from Northern California.

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    "OMG! Do NOT drive your car while listening!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) the most enjoyable?

    The performance of the narrator is fantastic and so is the story line.
    It's funny LOL, so much so tears were flowing and a tragic story, one that is all to familiar (well somewhat). I loved it so much, I bought copies for my friends and family.

    Thank you for your witty story and voice to tell this. Much appreciated.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    BostonMom Needham, MA, United States 04-29-12
    BostonMom Needham, MA, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Actually, not for fans of Sedaris and Fey"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I *really* wanted to like this book. Maybe diehard devotees of Jenny Lawson's blog might like it more than I. I thought some of her essays were great, but couldn't stand an entire book of her. It was just... too forced.


    Has Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jenny Lawson’s performances?

    Probably not.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    I would have trimmed a lot from the book as a whole. Jenny is witty and touching, but her sarcasm and schtick wore thin on me after the first half of the book. Her journey of self-awareness feels contrived and forced--- as if her editor told her that she had to summarize what she learned and how she grew from each anecdote. Her essay about miscarriage and living with chronic illness was really powerful and moving. Her father is fascinating, as is her upbringing. I would have liked to hear more about her parents.

    And whoever told her to SING the chapter titles should be fired. That was just cringe-inducing.


    41 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Q. Hazlewood 04-17-12

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    "Like Mother Teresa, but better!"
    If you could sum up Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) in three words, what would they be?

    Unicorn Success Club


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    I can recite the whole thing from memory.


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

    I'm gonna have to go with her performance of Jenny Lawson, aka "the Bloggess." She nailed it.


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

    I'm actually legally dead, having died of laughter. In lieu of flowers, buy this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is funnier than the Bible.

    48 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 04-18-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Brand new fan"

    Super fun, bright and refreshing. Jenny Lawson is like your best friend/alter ego with no filter, ADHD and a blogging problem who says the things that you are embarrassed to even think about. I loved every minute of it.

    31 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Rick 04-27-12
    Rick 04-27-12
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    "Cute story, light entertainment."

    Jenny's no Sarah Vowell or Tina Fey but the story is an enjoyable romp through her life. Not a rib splitter but rather a light, easy story with some fun and humorous interludes. This is one of those books that I can't imagine being read by other than the author and Jenny does a fine job of narration. I'd give it a 3.5 overall if that were allowed.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Anya 11-09-13
    Anya 11-09-13
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    What didn’t you like about Jenny Lawson’s performance?

    I've always found The Blogess's writing very funny, but a lot of that is because she says off-handed, unexpected things that I read as deadpan. Hearing her read it, however, Jenny Lawson is extremely self-aware of the "funny" moments, and says them in a tone like, "HEY GUYS, THIS PART IS FUNNY," which makes it totally unfunny and just ... irritating.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a memoir so much as a collection of stories that the writer thinks are funny. In the end, I didn't feel like I learned anything, it just felt like a lot of cheap laughs sewn together. The only chapter I really liked was the one where she talked about her miscarriages because it was the only one that felt real and human, like there was a point behind the jokes and not just a bunch of funny or awkward moments. Also, she's a good writer, but the tangents drove the me crazy. Listening to this book was like listening to your most ADD friend try to tell stories, but by the middle of the story you've totally forgotten what you were talking about because you've landed somewhere else entirely. That style is funny at first, and it lends itself well to conversational-toned writing in general and blogging in particular, but when an entire book is like that, and especially when you're listening to it rather than reading it, it's extremely annoying.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    eplimpton 07-31-12
    eplimpton 07-31-12
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    "I almost drove off the road!"
    What made the experience of listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) the most enjoyable?

    Lawson's stories were hilarious! I admit, her freedom with the "f" word was a little much at times and some of it was pretty coarse, but I after awhile I got used to it and laughed so hard while we were driving home from California that I almost drove off the road. I was nearly in tears. I also appreciated the sadder stories and how she was able to find humor in the difficult times that life hands us. She is a master story-teller and in spite of the rough language my whole family (my husband and I and our adult kids) got a kick out of this book. I was a little embarrassed by some of the content, but the humor and the performance by the author made it pretty darn fun. The 20 hour drive from California to Colorado went by very quickly because of this laugh a minute romp through Jenny Lawson's life. Thanks for such a fun time!


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

    A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel is a sweet memoir that I have listened to many, many times. It too is read by the author and the stories crack me up. Both Lawson and Kimmel are gifted story tellers. Kimmel's style is much more tame but no less enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    We all concur that the stories from when she worked in the HR department of a Christian organization were unreal. I also loved all the stories of her "taxidermied" (her word) critters.


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are offended by harsh language, this book probably is not for you. Choose A Girl Named Zippy if you want a sweet memoir with heart and humor.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Briana Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 07-15-13
    Briana Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe I'm just too picky about humor, or something. This didn't have punchlines so much as "no really... it's true... isn't my life crazy?!" And the stories didn't go anywhere. I gave up after a few chapters.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Schwarzenburg, Switzerland 07-10-13
    Martin Schwarzenburg, Switzerland 07-10-13
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    "Better title: Redneck diaries, try to laugh once!"
    Would you try another book from Jenny Lawson and/or Jenny Lawson?

    No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jenny Lawson again?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jenny Lawson?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I forced myself through the whole audiobook in the hopes that Jenny Lawson would make me smile or chuckle at least once. She did not. So I found the book a waste of time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in low-level humor or can identify yourself with tales of a crazy redneck with no real problems in her life, listen to this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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