Author: Jenny Lawson (Website)
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Amy Einhorn/Putnam - April 17, 2012
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(I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
If you are not familiar with Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, you are missing out. Jenny is witty, hilarious, sweet, giving, and definitely one of a kind. She’s just an all-around wonderful person. In Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, readers get more of the same hilarity that is found on her blog, and more importantly, some insight into how Jenny has come to be who she is today.
Book summary from The Bloggess:
When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father (a professional taxidermist who created dead-animal hand puppets) and a childhood of wearing winter shoes made out of used bread sacks. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.
Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter are the perfect comedic foils to her absurdities, and help her to uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments–the ones we want to pretend never happened–are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir is a poignantly disturbing, yet darkly hysterical tome for every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud. Like laughing at a funeral, this book is both irreverent and impossible to hold back once you get started.
In the Introduction, Jenny states:
When I read these stories to friends I’m always shocked when they stop me to ask, “Wait, is that true?” during the most accurate of all of the stories. The things that have been changed are mainly names and dates, but the stories you think couldn’t possibly have happened? Those are the real ones. As in real life, the most horrible stories are the ones that are the most true. And, as in real life, the reverse is true as well.
I have been reading Jenny’s blog for some time now, and I have no doubt that everything she writes about has actually happened. I have asked myself that same question–‘Wait, is that true?’–time and time again, but I have never truly doubted Jenny’s sincerity.
In Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, readers will find out why Jenny is so obsessed with taxidermied animals (and their clothing); how she and her husband met, along with the stories of their subsequent courtship and marriage (and more of their hilarious conversations); the unbelievably funny situations she went through while working in human resources; the heartfelt story of her pregnancy and the birth of her daughter; and many, many more great stories about her life. Jenny’s blog has given me some of the best laughs over the past couple of years, and also some of the most bittersweet tears. Reading her book was no different.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a quick, quirky, wonderful read and I highly recommend it to anyone who is already a fan of The Bloggess, and to anyone who enjoys a good memoir. You will laugh, and you might cry, but you will thoroughly enjoy yourself in the process.