I had Jenny Lawson’s book on pre-order since I heard it was coming out. I am a huge fan of The Bloggess and appreciate not only her humor, but her candor. I was not disappointed in “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)”. Parts of the book keep popping back into my memory and continue to make me laugh.
- Title: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir
- Author: Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess)
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons / Penguin Group
- Published: 2012
- Pages: 318
- List Price: $25.95
*Note: I purchased this book myself and wanted to write a review because I love it.
Jenny Lawson is gifted with an amazing sense of humor and sense of self. Throughout this book, we get to see glimpses into her unusual childhood, the amazing dynamic of her marriage and her career in human resources as it changes to becoming The Bloggess.
As someone who also deals with generalized anxiety disorder and depression, her ability to allow the laughter to shine through is truly awe-inspiring. Mostly, I am grateful for her openness. If you must have social anxiety, being able to enthrall your guests at the next dinner party with the story about the time you got stabbed in the face by a serial killer (really your cat scratching you while dreaming of serial killers), allows for memorable evenings.
To me, her writing is completely relate-able and definitely encouragement to own who you are, something I’m personally working on.
Each chapter is a re-counted memory and I found a full range of emotions throughout: giggles and belly laughs alternate with tears and heartbreak. From having a father who enjoyed making hand puppets out of dead animals to learning that you can find friends in strangers, I never wanted the book to end. Included was her most famous story about Beyoncé, the giant metal chicken which should be read aloud to every husband as a lesson on how to choose your battles.
Whether you are new to Jenny Lawson’s bawdy humor (chapter: My Vagina is Fine; Thanks for Asking) or a long time fan, run – don’t walk – to pick this one up.* The smiles will last for a long time.
xoxo ~ Melissa
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