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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447223446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447223443
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘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

About the Author

Jenny Lawson is an award-winning and hugely popular columnist and blogger – her blog, www.thebloggess.com, receives 2-3 million page views every month and she has over 220,000 followers on Twitter. She has been called ‘the funniest woman alive’ (by at least three people), ‘one of the most progressive women’s voices of our time’ (by an acclaimed feminist writer), and ‘totally inappropriate’ (by Marie Claire). Jenny lives in Texas with her husband and daughter.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kyberia on 27 July 2012
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 By Lucybird on 20 Sept. 2014
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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 By imperfectpages on 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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I actually picked up Let's Pretend This Never Happened before I knew anything about Jenny Lawson or her blog. It was part of the 'Staff Picks' stand at Waterstones and I figured I'd give it a go, intrigued by the costumed mouse on the cover. Only later, after I'd read the blurb properly, did I finally click onto The Bloggess. And then, approximately five hours later, I temporarily stopped reading it.

It was almost inevitable that this book would be compared to Caitlin Moran's How To Be A Woman - the cover is unnecessarily similar and the chatty, informal writing style is great in both. However, although both are autobiographical to a certain extent, How To Be A Woman deals with the sub-issue of feminism while this book spends more time with mental illness and anxiety. When you also take in the difference in countries, upbringings and employment, you actually have two quite different books.

This woman is hilarious - reading her blog is at the top of my 4am activity list (What? You don't have one of those!? You're missing out!) and I nearly always end up literally crying with laughter. I was reading Let's Pretend This Never Happened on the train, tried to stifle my laughter and ended up choking.

There are one or two parts that I recognise from my avid trawlings of Jenny Lawson's blog, but not many. I suppose it's almost inevitable though - she's only led one life, after all, there's bound to be a little cross-over.

I have to admit that the book did go downhill a little bit towards the end. It started to get less funny and more about her anxiety disorder. It's obviously a very important part of her life, but it was a bit repetitive. Also, the ending itself disintegrates into a generic, soppy memoir and it did make me lose interest a little.
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