Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
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Cannonball Read IV: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess

By CommanderStrikeher | Book Reviews | October 9, 2012 | Comments ()


Apparently I have been living under a rock, because I had never heard of The Bloggess until I saw this book on a table at Barnes & Noble. I kept seeing reviews of this book on the Cannonball Read Blog, and I was looking for something funny for my next Audible credit. I listened to a sample of this book and fell on the floor laughing. As a child, Jenny Lawson was playing chase with her sister. She wasn't looking where she was going, and she accidentally ran inside of a deer that her dad was "cleaning" AKA gutting. She said it was like being inside a deer sweater. Then she vomited inside of it. Then her dad hosed it off and served it for dinner. You know, just your typical evening at home. I knew this would be perfect for my next listen.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) is Jenny Lawson's mostly true memoir of growing up in rural West Texas. Her family was poor. Her mother was the school lunch lady, and her dad was a taxidermist who routinely brought home litters of baby raccoons and kept a flock of asshole turkeys for pets. Wackiness ensues.

Holy shit this book was funny! I almost drove the car off the road a couple of times. I made the mistake of listening to this while I was eating and nearly choked to death. There are also a couple of serious moments, but they are few and far between. I have recommended this book to nearly every person I have met. The only book I can remember being funnier than this was George Carlin's Brain Droppings.

*Audio-specific portion of review*

I feel that this may be a book that is made better by audiobook. Jenny Lawson is probably the only person who could ever understand Jenny Lawson, so it makes sense that she narrates her memoir. At first, her voice can be a little annoying, but as the book went on, I began to enjoy it. I am glad that I purchased this one, because I will be subjecting it to anyone who takes a road trip with me.

This review is part of the volunteer Cannonball Read IV. Read all about it, and find more of CommanderStrikeher's reviews on the group blog.

(Note: Any revenue generated from purchases made through the amazon.com affiliate links in this review will be donated in entirety to the American Cancer Society.)

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  • marya

    Sounds fantastic - where were you when I desperately needed a funny audio book recommendation last week!!

  • TheOriginalMRod

    A friend of mine was reading this on a camping trip, and kept reading aloud to us, it was pretty hilarious. And probably one of the best covers I've seen since "I'm Down" by Mishna Wolff, that is still my favorite. But they both make me smile.

  • Yossarian

    Great book. I think of it as being similar to David Sedaris in the way that it presents darkly twisted, slightly exaggerated, and extremely funny personal stories. And I'm always thrilled to meet someone who hasn't heard of her because that means I get to look awesome and take all the credit when I introduce them to this book.

  • Darlene

    That book is AWESOME! I loved it and have loaned it around to anyone who will borrow it. SO SO FUNNY. Best part: magic squirrel in the cereal box. I won't spoil it. but ROTFLMAO!

  • KatSings

    I LOVE JENNY LAWSON! I went to one of her readings/signings, and she is so awesome. She signed not only my book, but the book I bought for my friend - it was my friend's birthday, but she had rehearsal and couldn't come to the signing, and we've shared a love of The Bloggess ever since Beyonce. So Jenny wrote her a happy birthday message. And took a picture with me. It was amazeballs. And her material in the book is so funny. If you don't read her blog on the regular, you should. In addition to the regular hilarity, she's a complete inspiration. She's battling several disorders, and is very open about it, and reading her posts can sometimes be the one thing that makes you feel you aren't alone. She also has this great charitable inspirational project called The Red Dress Project. Look it up. And welcome to the tribe.

  • I haven't read her book (it's on my list!), but her blog is hilarious. Her post about Beyonce the Rooster is maybe my all-time favorite blog post. EVER.

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