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Book review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

I’ve been playing catch up on my reviews for what seems like forever. Today I’ll be discussing a book that I would easily call one of the funniest books I have ever read:let's pretend

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened:
A Mostly True Memoir
By Jenny Lawson

Published by Berkley Books in 2013.
Originally published by Amy Einhorn Books in 2012.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a memoir by the popular blogger Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess. In Let’s Pretend, Lawson discusses what it was like for her to grow up in rural Texas, and how her upbringing has shaped who she is today—for better and for worse.

The stories Lawson tells may seem incredible, but they are, according to the author, completely true (though the subtitle “A Mostly True Memoir” might throw some of that into question). Whether or not the stories are 100% true, Lawson is a gifted story teller, and I found myself laughing aloud as she recounted stories about pet raccoon butlers, “magical” squirrels, overdosing on laxatives, that time she was almost killed by a serial killer (sort of), and more. I honestly couldn’t stop myself from laughing whenever I read this book—my fellow subway riders must have thought I was insane. Lawson’s sense of humor might not appeal to everyone, but I would encourage you to pick up the book and start reading the first chapter before you make a decision about it.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is funny and witty, but it is also full of heart. Lawson doesn’t shy away from talking about more serious issues, such as anxiety and mental health, and the result is a book that I found myself identifying with on many levels. But while Let’s Pretend discusses a lot of issues, it never strays down too dark an alley, and I was left feeling pretty positive by the end of it.

I’d whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone looking for a laugh, or a good memoir.

About the book:

When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.
In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives.

[Source: Goodreads]


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