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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 | Books | October 9, 2012 |

By CommanderStrikeher | Books | October 9, 2012 |

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 affiliate links in this review will be donated in entirety to the American Cancer Society.)