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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (April 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780399159015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399159015
  • ASIN: 0399159010
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.8 x 23.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By moxygenask on May 29 2012
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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 By Jennifer Page on July 27 2012
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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 By Agnes J on April 23 2012
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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 By Urbano on Jan. 11 2013
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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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According to the reviews, "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" is supposed to be hugely funny. Personally, I found this book kinda sad, grotesquely cruel to animals in an ignorant hillbilly kinda way, and written in a mediocre, meandering fashion of no particular charm. It has its moments like the digging up of the dead dog Barnaby Jones, but the humor is definitely not laugh-out-loud material, more a feeling of sympathy for this poor messed up woman who engenders both pity and a little dollop of disgust.

I would have seriously regretted spending the $12.27 plus shipping and tax, but then I thought: Aw, hell, I guess Jenny could really use the money for therapy or something.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Nerd on Jan. 13 2014
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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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By Cynlouhoo on June 26 2014
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A decent book to get through a boring workout I guess. Some pretty funny parts, but then some not so thrilling.
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This book made me laugh out loud many times---unlike any book I have read before. The language was a bit raw but once I got over it, I couldn't put the book down.
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