Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Format: Trade Paperback, ARC
Published: April 17, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Humour
My Rating: 3.5/5
Summary (from chapters.ca):
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 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.
**NOTE: A copy of this book was WON from the publisher. However, no compensations were made and this review reflects my honest thoughts and feelings.**
You can read and excerpt of Let's Pretend This Never Happened HERE
Let's Pretend This Never Happened made it onto the Top 10 List of Most Anticipated Books of 2012 and as the fourth book read off that list, I am sad to say that I am a little disappointed.
Being a HUGE fan of Jenny Lawson's blog (The Bloggess), I went into this book knowing that I would appreciate and understand her comedic humour. She has bang on timing and a sarcastic personality that leaves me laughing out loud on many occasions. Her post 'And Then I Saw A Sasquatch' had me laughing so hard that my husband was about to call 9-1-1 thinking I was having a seizure.
Having won a copy of Let's Pretend, I dove into it as soon as it arrived and yes, it had some laugh-out-loud moments but in all, I think it felt like too much, too soon. When you are a fan of someone's blog, you generally read one or two stories a week and find yourself eagerly anticipating the next one. Having them all bound together in 300+ pages was a bit of overkill.
Overall, a enjoyable memoir that gives great insight into the genius behind The Bloggess. She really is that crazy, dead-animal collecting lady and comes by it very naturally. If you enjoy her blog, I recommend giving Let's Pretend This Never Happened a whirl.