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Let's Pretend This Never Happened [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Lawson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Review

‘You shouldn’t be laughing and probably you’ll go to hell for laughing, so maybe you shouldn’t read it. That would be safer and wiser’ Neil Gaiman

‘Hilarious . . . totally inappropriate’ Marie Claire

‘A skewering but deeply affectionate portrait of her family, in the vein of David Sedaris . . . blends surprising honesty with acerbic wit’ New York Times

‘Jenny Lawson is the QUEEN of saying too much . . . I adore her’ Caitlin Moran

‘Jenny Lawson is the QUEEN of saying too much, and then saying something even worse. And that is why I adore her’

Caitlin Moran



'GET READY. Jenny Lawson has such a disturbing, ill-mannered, rich sense of humor you will wonder, "Am I the sick one for laughing?" Everyone I gave the book to confirmed: We must all be sick, because this book IS HYSTERICAL . . . and yet it was also strangely touching at times. It’s one of my favorite books in the past five years.' Kathryn Stockett, # 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Help

‘Poignant, funny and insane… a celebration of the strength and character it takes to withstand life’s curveballs’ Stylist

‘Even when I was funny, I wasn’t this funny.’ Augusten Burroughs, author of Running With Scissors

‘Displays the wit that’s made her a hit on the Web… hilarious’ Booklist

‘Lawson writes with a rambling irreverence that makes you wish she were your best friend’ Entertainment Weekly

Endlessly entertaining and consistently jaw-dropping’. Glamour

‘There’s something wrong with Jenny Lawson – magnificently wrong. I defy you to read her work and not hurt yourself laughing.’ Jen Lancaster

‘Fucked up in the best possible way. Adorably offensive.’ Jesus*

*Jesus is Jenny Lawson’s hairdresser. He pronounces his name differently from that other Jesus.



‘Jenny Lawson’s writing is nothing less than revolutionary… I say this without a hint of exaggeration: she may be one of the most progressive women’s voices of our time.’ Karen Walrond, author of The Beauty of Different

‘Funny, irreverent… a comic character that readers will engage with in shocked dismay as they gratefully turn the pages’Kirkus

‘The funniest memoir ever about a talking squirrel, anxiety disorder, couch etiquette, and more. Believe us, Lawson is hilarious’. Ladies' Home Journal

‘Jenny Lawson is hilarious, snarky, witty, totally inappropriate.’ Marie Claire

‘The Bloggess writes stuff that actually is laugh-out-loud, but you know that really you shouldn’t be laughing and probably you’ll go to hell for laughing, so maybe you shouldn’t read it. That would be safer and wiser.’ Neil Gaiman

‘[A] wondrous knack for bawdy storytelling… Lawson’s self-deprecating humour is not only gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate; it also allows her to speak about subjects like depression, anxiety and infertility in a real and raw way’. O Magazine

‘Take one part David Sedaris and two parts Chelsea Handler and you’ll have some inkling of the cockeyed humor of Jenny Lawson… [She] flaunts the sort of fearless comedic chops that will make you spurt Diet Coke through your nose.’ Parade

‘Funny, raunchy and unexpectedly uplifting… will leave you hoping that Lawson’s next book happens, and soon'. People Magazine

‘Zany… hilarious… takes cues from the memoirs of Tina Fey and David Sedaris’. Reuters

‘Frankly, it would be hard to grow up free of eccentricities if one’s strongest memories of childhood involved a taxidermist father bringing home all manner of fierce creatures, alive and dead… The best and funniest parts of this memoir are the childhood reminiscences…but Lawson also wrings much amusement from the challenge of balancing her eccentricities with the demands of being grown up and having a family of her own’ The Herald

‘Bawdy, irreverent, searingly honest, big and loud… she keeps her readers in stitches’. The Huffington Post

‘A skewering, but deeply affectionate portrait of her family, in the vein of David Sedaris… blends surprising honesty with acerbic wit’. The New York Times

‘Lawson’s sweet-at-the-core book is really about valuing your family, however crazy they may be’ Whole Living Magazine

‘Clever is my kryptonite, and Jenny is one of the most clever people on the Internet’. Wil Wheaton

Review

"Even when I was funny, I wasn't this funny." --Augusten Burroughs, author of "Running With Scissors" and "This is How"

"There's something wrong with Jenny Lawson--magnificently wrong. I defy you to read her work and not hurt yourself laughing." --Jen Lancaster


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1412 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (17 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065S8R38
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Simple Story Told by an Extraordinary Woman 27 July 2012
By Kyberia
Format:Paperback
Authored by Jenny Lawson of "The Blogess" fame, "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" is a simple autobiography full of the humour, hyperbole and weirdness that characterizes her blog.

She cheerfully skips over all the boring stuff and gets straight down to the cow vaginas and dead animals in little costumes. I won't spoil the stories for anyone else here, but she tells everything with this slightly tipped view on reality that had me in stitches... when I wasn't in tears.

Jenny suffers from OCD and generalized anxiety disorder, and as a sufferer from mental health issues myself, aspects of her story - all poignantly, yet still humorously told told - were heartbreakingly familiar.

In the early stages of the book, the writing feels a little strained, as if she were trying to force her own hand to write a standard-issue and somewhat dull autobiography, but later she relaxes and lets her own signature bursts of "WTF?!" come through.

All in all, there is room for improvement in her transition from blog to novel, but that will surely come in the next book, and even as it stands, no-one could ever possibly regret reading this book. It's just a simple story of one woman's life, but with all the unexpected bobcats and giant metal chickens you could possibly hope for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky-funny 20 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened has been on my radar and on my wishlist for a long time (it was listed on my 2012 wishlist on goodreads, which I used to choose books for The Wishlist Challenge last year). As with many things which I actually buy from my wishlist it was on special offer when I bought it- I have the awful tendency to add things to my wishlist but then buy things which are not on it. Part of me wishes I had bought it sooner, but then I wouldn’t have got a bargain. Anyway I am waffling.

Jenny Lawson is probably best known as The Bloggess but that’s not how I ‘discovered’ her. I read a few reviews of Let’s Pretend The Never Happened which compared Jenny Lawson to Caitlin Moran. Seeing as I pretty much got a girl crush on Caitlin Moran as a result of reading How To Be a Woman I basically had to add Let’s Pretend This Never Happened to my wishlist. Then it sat on my wishlist for about a year before I saw a few links to The Bloggess and decided to check her out. I knew it was Jenny Lawson so I’m not sure why I hadn’t looked at her blog initially, but it made me want to read the book even more, then it was on offer on kindle so I snapped it up.

First off I should say if you are easily embarrassed then don’t read this in public. You will not be able to contain your laughter in certain parts. (And guess what? If you try to explain to your boyfriend what you’re laughing at he will just look at it like you’re crazy, and say something about how it cannot possibly be true, because what person would think that making a squirrel into a puppet and pretending that it’s magic is good children’s entertainment?) I suppose I should say that there are bits that people might be a bit squeamish about (lots about taxidermy, and hunting, and wearing dead animals…yeah).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works better as a blog 10 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book as I occasionally dip into Jenny's blog and find it hilarious. She's very unusual, honest and interesting. But as a book, I didn't like it. Her childhood stories were unpleasant and the stream-of-consciousness writing style that works well in a short blog post got really irritating in the book. When you read a blog you come to identify with the writer and feel like you 'know' them, which I expect is why books by popular bloggers sell so well. This feeling of knowing Jenny is also giving me some guilt about writing a bad review, which is perhaps a factor in why it gets such high ratings here. Or perhaps I'm weird for not liking it.
(I usually only write reviews when I have strong opinions; I wrote this one because the Kindle app gave me a neat option to write it as soon as I'd finished reading. Cunning, Amazon.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars blood, romance, and bobcats 28 Sep 2014
Format:Paperback
If you already know Jenny Lawson as The Bloggess, then you will know what to expect (mostly). If you don’t, then go and subscribe to her blog immediately!

Terrifying, startling, disturbing, but mainly laugh-out-loud funny, this tells certain incidents in Lawson’s life that many might think implausible, but for which there is significant evidence (we’ve seen the photos of Beyoncé the giant metal chicken, after all). It’s all (mostly) in the same breezy style as her blog, even when the incidents are what most people would think as traumatic. We see more of Jenny’s childhood, and of Victor, than in the blog posts. There’s blood, and romance, and bobcats, and panic attacks, and zombies, and stuffed animals, all rolled into one.

Great stuff.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and bold & I loved it 9 May 2012
By Don D
Format:Paperback
What a surreal read! It was given to me, and I loved this book for its bizarre well of stories laced with very anecdotal wit. Stuffed animals crop up a lot, along with eccentric relatives and all I can say is I'd recommend it to anyone. Taxidermy and liquor never struck me as two things that go well together before, but that's all in the past.

There's a lot more to this book but what I've mentioned has left the strongest impression. There are many personal details about a real struggle as well, and it's very moving in many places, so it's worth reading for that, but I'd recommend it for the funny parts, which are consistently good and really hit the spot. It's a wonderful book.

A lot of recent humour has been very disappointing, but this one succeeds handsomely. The only books I've read recently that were anywhere near as funny are Charlie Brooker's acerbic Dawn of the Dumb: Dispatches from the Idiotic Frontline and Chris Wood's brilliant Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys, which is hilarious. Most of the others have been let downs.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one, though. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud hilarious - heard my friend chuckling while ...
Laugh out loud hilarious - heard my friend chuckling while reading it - read the first chapter myself and had to buy a copy then & there as couldn't wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars to the great delight of my fellow passengers
Had me laughing out loud on public transport, to the great delight of my fellow passengers.
Published 1 month ago by Angela Heenan
5.0 out of 5 stars A fab read
I have never laughed so much to myself reading a book as I did reading this.
Possibley the funniest most bizarre book I have read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I bought this on a recommendation from a friend having never read the blog and I have to say, I adored it. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it if you are easily offended.... do buy it if you don't...
Erm, well Jenny admits she's slightly crazy... she says what a lot of us think but would never voice! Read more
Published 4 months ago by debs
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good product good price
Published 4 months ago by Mr H I Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book
This is a great book and highly recommended. Thanks for the fits of hysterical laughter and tears running down my face.
Published 4 months ago by Mr S Bulmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I totally wish I could write like this author. Totally.
Published 5 months ago by Trevor Coultart
5.0 out of 5 stars insanely good
insane ramblings of a possibly insane housewife and mother...laugh-out-loud-funny, she's good, very good! more please.
Published 5 months ago by horace femm
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Very good read. Best one in a while! Would definitely read the book again more than once! Laughed all the way through.
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