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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!

    27 of 28 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 2015

    My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.

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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.

    35 of 39 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.


    56 of 63 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.

    11 of 12 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.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Q. 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.

    51 of 60 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea @ The Busy Bibliophile 06-28-13
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    "If you like The Bloggess, check this one out."
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    Everyone has read Jenny’s blog, The Bloggess (and if you haven’t, why the hell not?), and her debut memoir is just like it, full of crazy things she does, awkward conversations she has, crazy texts she shares with Victor or sometimes, dark places she finds herself when her anxiety or depression take hold. The chapters are individual stories, told in chronological order.

    Jenny states in the beginning that most of the stories are true, and even though she says only names and dates have been changed, you have to wonder if everything else could really be true. If so, she’s had quite the life! There were a few stories or mentions that I recall from reading her blog, but most everything in the book was new to me.

    The way she deals with the setbacks and disappointments in her life are wonderful; she is a great example of how humor can make most anything better. There are some truly sad parts, like her many miscarriages, but she continues on. Though it’s sad at the time, she can look back later and find the funny. She talks a lot about her husband, Victor, and I just adore him. He has (almost) the same sense of humor as Jenny, and he has the patience and understanding of a saint.

    My only complaint is the audiobook. I adore Jenny Lawson, but her voice grates on my nerves. A lot of the time, she spoke in a monotone, with hardly any inflection. Several times, she would read a long paragraph or story (in a monotone), and her voice would get this gravelly sound. It got so bad I wanted to say “Clear your throat already!” And for some strange reason, she sang the chapter titles. Not very well. For those reasons alone, I would suggest going for the print version instead of the audio version.

    If you like The Bloggess, or awkwardly funny situations, check this one. Beware the salty language.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen United States 02-02-13
    Karen United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Every "ing" is pronounced "ink""
    What would have made Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) better?

    Different narrator would have made this better. Sorry Jenny, I just can't get past your saying "ink" instead of "ing" for all words ending in "ing" and boy, there were a lot of those words. I think in this case I would have preferred reading the actual book. Or sayink in your language, I would have preferred readink the actual book.


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

    Nope.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yep.


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

    Dissapointink narratink


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    brimah Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 07-15-13
    brimah Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "This was supposed to be funny"
    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.


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    Kristy 06-06-13
    Kristy 06-06-13
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    "Author/narrator is annoying and self absorbed"

    The events that Lawson writes about are indeed funny, but the way that she writes and narrates is chatty and annoying. If her running commentry was edited out it might be ok.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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