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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by [Lawson, Jenny]
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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

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


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1911 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (17 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007L2439E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is so funny I've bought it for other people to read. It helped me and my husband get through a really tough time as I would read passages out loud. This book is not without its sad parts but all brilliant comedy is rooted in true depressing life moments and this book has those too. I can honestly say it's one of the best books I have ever read and Jenny Lawson is amazing. She speaks with a voice that makes you feel like you have a friend right there with you. Anyway I've digressed but this book is great, don't think about it just buy it already.
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Properly laugh out loud funny. Couldn't put it down and have reread it since.
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This book is Bat. S***. Insane.
Probably because the woman who wrote it is Bat. S***. Insane.
It's also utterly awesome, and makes me wish everything was like this - only, then it would be called Bat S*** Normality. Still, it'd be a lot more fun!
NOW BRACE YOURSELF FOR MY SERIOUS VOICE: I loved the weird, eclectic stories, the quirky, stream-of-consciousness humour that crossed the line so frequently it was like one of those dotted ones with gaps they paint down the middle of the road to show you're allowed to overtake... and the plethora of references to dildos and vaginas (which may be because I'm a man, but then many of the vagina references are to a cow's vagina which, as an object, holds very little fascination for me at all. Wow. I think I used the word `vagina' more in this review than I have in the last ten years. But then, I'm married.) Sorry - I seem to have lost my `serious voice' somewhere in there. Perhaps I should just wrap this up by saying, I love vaginas. No! Sorry, that just slipped out. I mean, I LOVED this book. I laughed so hard at the first half that my wife made me go out and buy incontinence pants before she'd let me read the second half. Thank God for leather sofas, is all I can say. And... side-tracked again, my apologies. Where were we? Oh yes. Buy this book. And don't sit on anything that stains whilst reading it, unless you have exceptional bladder control. Or a dog to blame.
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I bought this book after reading Furiously Happy, Lawson's 2nd book. It makes great reading if you are on holiday or for your morning commute. Chapters are not too long & each is like a small snippet of Lawson's life. I found it very funny & there were many times when I read parts & had to share with those close by.
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I've loosely followed Jenny Lawson online for the last couple of years, generally since Beyonce the chicken went viral. So, I knew who she was going in. But honestly I only picked the book up because my book club chose it for the read this month. I opted for the audio version because I didn't know that I would really feel invested in it otherwise. I don't know if that would have been true or not, but I'm awful glad I got the audio. I think I got a lot more enjoyment out of hearing her tell her stories than I would have from reading them. Don't get me wrong, she has a really recognizable voice, even when writing, but I'm glad I made the choice I did. I can always look at the pictures later. Surely someone will bring the actual book to our meeting next month.

I very much like the way Lawson set herself and her husband Viktor up as a double act or, what the Japanese would call Manzai. He's the straight man, all reasonable and level headed and she's the silly one, the funny (wo)man. Of course, it's all from her perspective and a lot of her humor is at the expense of her own mental health, but it is still funny and endearing, as the affection for him (and eventually her daughter) definitely comes across.

In the beginning I was a little put off as the entries felt random. They were funny, but not much more. But eventually Lawson started pulling themes and life advice from the stories, which I thought went a long way toward making it feel less erratic. At times, the humor felt a bit contrived, like someone desperately seeking attention. But overall I enjoyed it.

All in all, good job book club. I wouldn't have chosen it on my own, but I enjoyed it all the same.

Note: borrowed from library
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This will not open on my kindle so I have been unable to read it - very disappointed as I paid quite a bit for it in comparison to other kindle books
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Good book and very entertaining
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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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