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Lets Pretend This Never happened BookLet’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

Author: Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess)
Rating: 4 of 5
Genre: Humor and Entertainment
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Putnam
On Sale Date: April 17th 2012

Contains No Spoilers

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THE GIST: It’s amazing what one can discover wandering the isles of a random book store.  I received this book from a close friend and once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down.  This is Jenny Lawson, A.K.A The Bloggess ‘s break out book. Lawson writes with a bit of crazy but what I like to call “fun crazy”:  her stories are chronological but with varying topics and actions which worked out because she held it all together with her comedy.  Jenny Lawson put it all on the page with no sense of humility or self-consciousness, proving that if you can’t laugh at yourself, life can get rough, quick!

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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.


THE LOWDOWN: Jenny Lawson’s upbringing wasn’t what most people would call “normal”, but as they say:  “normal” is overrated. Page by page she made me believe that because I haven’t spent at least a few minutes of my life engaged in the process of turning something that used to breathe, into a centerpiece, my life hasn’t been worth living.  While bringing me through her life’s, chronological but cherry picked milestones,  it was easy to get the sense that she always had a “come what may” attitude that allowed her to push through.  From a Harry Potter reference (one of my favorite parts, I almost peed myself) to the woes of critter extermination in the great state of Texas, I found myself laughing at every page turn.  Lawson was able to make some horrific situations seem comical and did it all with ease (something I’m sure must have been difficult to do at the time some of her tales were being spun).   The Bloggess’s book is “A Mostly True Memoir” so I’m sure a lot of the situations are exaggerated but none so much so that they feel unbelievable.  This book is a solid read, though I suggest nighttime reading for singles only, no need to keep everyone else awake laughing.

Happy Reading!

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