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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) [Hardcover]

Jenny Lawson
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April 17 2012

Amazon.ca Editors' Pick: Best Books of 2012

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris—Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut.
 
Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives—the ones we’d like to pretend never happened—are in fact the ones that define us. In the #1 New York Times bestseller, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. Chapters include: “Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel”; “A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband”; “My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking”; “And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane.” Pictures with captions (no one would believe these things without proof) accompany the text.

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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

About the Author

Jenny Lawson is a columnist and one of the most popular bloggers on Twitter (hundreds of thousands of followers). Her blog, www.thebloggess.com, averages between 2-3 million page views per month. Jenny lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and daughter.

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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
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars F*****...fantastic! April 23 2012
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over the top fun Jan. 11 2013
By Urbano
Format:Hardcover
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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1 of 1 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
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I've Never Laughed So Hard March 14 2014
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This is hands-down the funniest book I've ever read. I rarely ever actually laugh out loud when I'm reading, but this book had me laughing so hard that I started crying not once, but repeatedly. Jenny Lawson's writing style is so unique and charming, I can't wait to see what's next for her.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best use of her comedic talents March 4 2014
Format:Paperback
** This book review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca). **

My Review: I picked up this book recently from my local library right before a job interview. Trying to distract my nerves I sat there reading the book jacket I was quietly chuckling to myself and it honestly helped to reduce my nerves. I like funny reads. I do. But I also feel that they're really hard to write well. What is deemed "funny" means different things to different people and while I think that Jenny has a great sense of humour I don't necessarily think it came through well in this book.

There were some great, hilarious gems in this book but the overall feeling of chaos in her writing stifled those funny bits. It felt very disjointed -- like you were talking to a overly caffeinated person who would shoot out random stories that didn't necessarily have anything to do with each other. It often felt like she was just babbling and not caring about what she was talking about and after awhile that got frustrating. And don't get me started about the overused and excessively annoying footnotes! Gah! Enough already! I know you're funny Jenny! Show me!

Don't get me wrong, there were certain parts of stories where I did actually laugh out loud because Jenny is funny. But then she'd take too long to get to the end of the story and start to lose me. Or the story seemed much too unrealistic to be true and ... she'd start to lose me. Overall, I guess I just felt really lost. I read over half of the book before I finally called it quits because I just couldn't take any more of the rambling bedlam that is her memoire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny Jan. 16 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I thought this book was really funny so I ordered it on amazon.ca so I could send to my sister in Canada. The book arrived when promised, although it took a long time. For the life of me, I cannot understand why they shipped it from the UK instead of somewhere in Canada or the US.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a wonderful romp
All I can say is how refreshing it is to meet up with an author who is as crazy-minded as I am. I love this book and laughed my way through it with delight.
Published 4 months ago by AMR
4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny
I've never laughed so much reading a book. I laughed so much my whole family thought I was going crazy.
Published 5 months ago by Stephanie Clarke
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid
One of the dumbest reads I've picked up in a long time. Lawson's tries to be funny and cute by making odd and weird comments throughout, and rather than sounding natural, she comes... Read more
Published 5 months ago by BethVancouver
5.0 out of 5 stars Should come with a warning label
I've read funny books before but this was the first that ever actually made me laugh out loud. Be aware that this could happen to you as well and learn from my mistake. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jas Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely, sweet and true. also, weird, quirky, romantic and...
all of the words. Jenny is heroic and strange and observant and vulnerable… and all of the other words. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jim w w smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical, an amazing read
This book was absolutely full of laugh-out-loud quirky situations that no one outside of the author herself could ever experience or relate to. Read more
Published 7 months ago by PrimalAdventurer
5.0 out of 5 stars funniest book I have ever read
for anyone who needs "laughter relief therapy" with uncontrolable laughing with tears MUST read this book. Pulled me out of a everyday grind into a world of humour. RH
Published 8 months ago by Rebecca Horwood
1.0 out of 5 stars pretty much trash
I got through the first chapter. Barely! I'm pretending I didn't buy it. Far from worth bothering with. Waste of time and money.
Published 8 months ago by TomFromGuelph
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous and Wonderful
This is a ridiculous book.

Jenny Lawson's blogging career is a pale curtain disguising a life so breathtakingly wild that even with the suspicion that much of this book... Read more
Published 8 months ago by MariusMasalar
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