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Let's Pretend This Never Happened [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Lawson
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"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

“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

“Jenny Lawson is hilarious, snarky, witty, totally inappropriate, and ‘Like Mother Teresa, Only Better.’” —Marie Claire magazine

“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

Let's Pretend This Never Happened won Goodread’s Best Humor Book of 2012 and was chosen as one of Hudson Bookseller’s Best Books of 2012

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Furiously Happy...

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.

Includes a new chapter!

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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3219 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425261018
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (April 17 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065S8R38
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Because I'm a nerd and I totally get this! Jan. 13 2014
I rank this book a five out of five. It was awesome. Although near the end I did start to kind of wonder what the point of the book was but then I remembered it was her telling her life story and I was ok again. I am also incredibly jealous of her. I have often considered writing my "memoir" or autobiography but I never can. I always find myself not sure of what approach to take: funny like Jenny did, but I'm really not that funny and I don't think anyone would enjoy hearing it, plus my life story doesn't just have horrible tales of really ridiculous things. Or, I could approach it all serious like and be a victim speaking out and bringing issues into awareness, but I'm also not that serious and I feel all pompous every time I try. And then I also get stuck on the whole, where the hell do I start? because the beginning is not really the beginning and there are a thousand things that were happening all at once and it's really hard to explain it all. Also, I could never have the courage that Jenny and many other authors who have written their story have had. I am really too afraid that my family would read it when it was done and I would basically be disowned because no one wants to hear the truth or the truth at least, from my point of view. So I envy Jenny and I also respect her immensely for being so brave and amazing at writing her story and for doing it so well. I feel inspired and also slightly like a copy cat because I'm all like, now I want to write my story in a funny, horrifying way. But I won't because I'm not a copy cat and also, there's really no way of doing it like that. But I can totally related to her and understand where she's coming from. I admire people who can take their life stories and all the horrible, embarrassing shit and share it with us and do it so gracefully and proudly. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed, I cried. May 29 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was hilarious. I laughed out loud, I also cried in parts. It almost feels like you are sitting down and having an honest conversation with the author. If you are a fan of the bloggess, you will love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should I really be laughing?? July 27 2012
I bought this book based solely on a brief description. I had never read any of Jenny Lawson's blogs prior but really enjoyed this glimpse into her quirky, hilarious, and sometimes slightly horrifying day-to-day. Reading this book was like having a glass of wine (or a bottle) with girlfriends. I laughed out loud. A lot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars F*****...fantastic! April 23 2012
By Agnes J
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is beyond hilarious. It's clever, witty and simply a breath of fresh air. Love the style, and how easily the story flow, you will never find yourself bored.
And just a warning - you will find yourself bursting out loud laughing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over the top fun Jan. 11 2013
By Urbano
Wacky, hilarious, and true – similar to Aleesa Sutton’s Diary of a Single Mormon Female. I sat down to check out the first chapter and got up two hours later -- for Kleenexes to staunch the tears of laughter. This is one of the weirdest and funniest books I’ve ever read. I wish Jenny Lawson could come and spend a day at my house
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5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed. A lot. Nov. 13 2012
By Eryn
There is something that is just off about Jenny Lawson. She is delightfully off kilter. And as such is hysterically funny!
There is no real flow to the book, but that is what makes it have its own unique flow at the same time. And that is what makes the book real.
I laughed a lot while reading this. I laughed at things I probably shouldn't have laughed at. But I did. It was refreshing to read something so authentically written by the author, that so authentically portrayed who she is and her life.
Her book is written almost as an extension of her blog. It is written in a very similar style. And as other reviewers have said if it was written any other way it wouldn't have been right.
This book is odd. It is quirky and witty. It is unlike anything you've ever read before. You should probably get yourself a copy now and settle in for the crazy ride it is about to take you on. It is SOOOOO worth it! I can't wait to read more from Jenny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book should come with a warning! April 23 2014
Truly the funniest thing I have ever read. Everyone should be warned not to read this in public. I had one person actually come over to me to make sure I was okay because I was crying as I was reading this book. I simply held the book cover up for her to see and she understood instantly "oh.. that book! she's completely mad!'. Yup, well written, quick witted, insane, as a british person I swear that Jenny Lawsom must have some british comedic genes in her, it's shades of Monty Python at times. Have bought this book several times to give to others and have lent my own copy out many times. Last person I loaned it too phoned me sobbing... I thought someone had died until I realized she was laughin.. when she caught her breath all I heard was "....I'm only on page 23....".
I'm waiting for the sequel now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh till you have abs kind of funny July 20 2015
By Jolene
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Absolutely by far and away the funniest book I have ever read. Laugh out loud clenching your stomach in agony kind of funny. I've probably read it six times when I have been really down and needed a little laughter. It is disjointed and immature and full of curses. It is also a (semi-true) autobiography and the woman herself is disjointed and immature and full of curses. If someone with sever ADD had written Glass Castles (another amazing book by the way) after drinking several cups of coffee this is how I imagine it would've turned out. Maybe not for the most jaded, and not for anyone who is stuffy or super-critical, but the rest of us need to enjoy this piece of brilliance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book so much
I love this book so much. It's laugh out loud, look crazy reading in public funny. I've recommended it to everyone I know.
Published 22 days ago by Anisa S Zoubeiri
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely hilarious!
Published 1 month ago by Olivia Anne Puckrin
3.0 out of 5 stars Started funny. The first few stories were funny but it ...
Started funny. The first few stories were funny but it didn't get better. I was hoping but the stories repeated them self
Published 1 month ago by Wanda Quennell
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids stopped their video gaming to gawk at my hysterical laughter...
Laughed so hard I cried. My kids stopped their video gaming to gawk at my hysterical laughter and to ensure my tears were those of joy, not sadness. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome! Got here real quick!
Published 3 months ago by Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite funny
Very, very funny. Full of swearing and vagina stories, so don't buy this for your kids. Quick read.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Jenny Lawson does not disappoint. Great read. Looking forward to purchasing her latest book too!
Published 4 months ago by Margaret Macaulay
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready to pee your pants in public? No? Sucks to be you.
Funny. Sad. Magical. Laughing until you cry awesomeness.

This book helped me realize I wasn't alone.

Okay. Let's face it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by remittingdust
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
The best and funniest book I have ever read, I buy this book for everyone I know.
Published 7 months ago by Madison McQueen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazingly funny!
Published 8 months ago by MC
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