Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris—Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut.
Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives—the ones we’d like to pretend never happened—are in fact the ones that define us. In the #1 New York Times bestseller, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. Chapters include: “Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel”; “A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband”; “My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking”; “And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane.” Pictures with captions (no one would believe these things without proof) accompany the text.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Fair warning, this book is not for the faint of heart. It's also a bit different from what I usually find myself reading. I've only read a few memoirs, but I've really liked them. This book has certainly opened my eyes to a new genre that I look forward to delving further into.
I've been a fan of Lawson's blog for years, so to purchase her book once it hit paperback seemed obvious. I was not disappointed. Filled with as much wit, hilarity, and poignance as her blog, Let's Pretend left me laughing on trains and contemplating life. Lawson certainly has a unique voice and writing style. The book is filled with rambling run-ons and incoherent thoughts. While the memoir is so funny it left my sides hurting even after having read it half a dozen times, it was still intelligent. The stark contrast between chapters of humorous marital arguments and those of her struggles with miscarriages and her health problems is what made this book resonate with me. Lawson proved that though life can suck, it can also be hilariously wonderful. Within her anecdotes, she explores sacrifice and other deep topics. I loved this book, because it was not a great literary work. Lawson will not win any trophies for beautifully constructed sentences. But her story could not have been told in a better way. Within the award-winning humor lies deeper messages. The fact that she, with such a unique voice, could manage to make me snort with laughter and also contemplate life is what made her book stand out for me. I came for the humor, but stayed for the message.
This book is not for everyone. The writing style is not clean filled with incoherencies which would be quite unexpected for those unfamiliar with her blog, "The Bloggess". I suggest it, however, to anyone looking for laughs, because it will deliver. But don't delve into it expecting just another book. Like Lawson's life, the book is an adventure. It was one that I loved, which is why I'm giving it 4 stars.
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