Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) of Lawson, Jenny on 10 May 2012 Paperback
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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.
The book tells the story of Lawson’s rather unconventional upbringing - I won’t spoil it but it involves all the usual horrors and embarrassments of growing up made a thousand times worse by taxidermy, unfortunate accidents involving dead animals, an incredibly embarrassing father with a penchant for bringing home anything he finds alive or dead by the roadside, anxiety attacks and a memorable occasion involving an arm and a cow’s vagina.
It is, and I hate this term, genuinely laugh out loud funny in parts. But while Lawson is hilarious, she is also self-aware. The book goes on to detail Lawson’s relationship with the long-suffering Victor, their marriage and their attempts at conceiving. Lawson manages to avoid sentimentality and her honesty is refreshing. One minute you’re laughing out loud at the notes she leaves on the fridge threatening to poison Victor because he’s left a towel on the floor, the next you’re crying with her (and it really feels as though your with her) as she suffers another setback.
She’s real, she’s human and she is an excellent writer.
This book is for everyone who isn’t normal (and isn’t that most of us to some extent). Embrace your weirdness - and do read this book.
(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.)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 booksPublished 18 hours ago by Ally P.
An enjoyable book. Some very funny stories that make you question whether they could be true or not. The first few pages are still the funniest though.Published 11 days ago by Ed
This book is a must read! I have to admit I wasn't sold when it was suggested for book club but I was in tears of laughter. So funny. Buy it now, you will not be disappointed!Published 2 months ago by H Yeoman
There are very few books which make me laugh out loud but this is one of the best.
As a sufferer of anxiety disorder, I identify with her symptoms but not the results. Read more
I wanted to love it. I'd heard so much good stuff about it, but to be honest I found it boring, I found it like a collection of blog posts (which is basically what it is. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maria
I laughed until I cried. I laughed until I shot water out of my nose. I laughed so much I kept my husband awake. I laughed on the train. I laughed in the car. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Vickie Biscoe
This is the funniest book I have read in a very long time. Do yourself a favour and buy it.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Lets pretend this never happened
I picked this up never having read Jenny Lawsons blog or even read heard of her before (I later realised I had seen her on an episode of... Read more
It's the book that makes our family appear to be almost normal, well as normal as any other dysfunctional family. a 3 word summery would probably be Funny weird entertainingPublished 6 months ago by shiner