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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) Hardcover – Apr 17 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (April 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399159010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399159015
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.8 x 23.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,924 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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Started off laughing out loud and then...the book became just humorous, then predictable and then not-so-funny. A monotonous read into the same-old with no redeeming virtue. If Lawson speaks like she writes one would need to take up drinking to numb themselves from her ongoing drone about nothing.
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This is the best book I have ever read. I have never laughed out loud so hard before that I began to gag and had people watch me as I nearly wretched outside of my vehicle door while waiting for my kids to finish whatever it was they were doing. It was THAT funny. Also really really really sad and touching and so very very true. Thank you Jenny Lawson for writing this for us.
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By GF on March 31 2016
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I wish I had never wasted money on this book, but it came highly recommended and I though I could do with some humour. Man was I wrong. I was bored from the first chapter, and it never really picked up... I disliked the style, the not funny stories and sometimes downright rude ones. I kind of finished the book (yes I practised my speed reading...) and it's already gone to charity. It did not deserve a space on the shelf nor a recommendation to friends.
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I found the style of writing in this book to be most irritating.The memories of child hood from this writer were disturbing and she was trying to make them humorous.I did not like the material in this book at all and stopped part way through because I did not want to continue reading.Obviously I have a different sense of humor.Mainly I could not understand making light of disturbing childhood events.
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Some of my favourite types of books are those along the lines of Chelsea Handler, Ellen, Tina Fey and any author that can really make me laugh out loud. While the book is funny, I didnt enjoy it as much as the other authors but still a great read. Be warned: I am a vegetarian, some of the chapters were a little rough for me to read!
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When I bought this book because it was in the bestseller section and I love memoirs, I wasn't sure, and especially wasn't compelled by the cover. The first 50 pages were weird but as you get to know the author and her sarcasm you will abousolutely fall in love with this book. I can't wait for her to write a new one. I would definately re-read this book anytime, Reminiscent of Jen Lancaster's prose.
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When this book first came out, it was everywhere for me and I'll admit, I was curious. I mean, a mouse wearing Shakespeare garb? How funny is that? (Answer: very). So it seemed like a funny read but I never got around to reading it.

What I really appreciate about Jenny's approach is that she never shies away from anything. She is completely open about her various mental health events and I really respect that. It takes a lot of strength to be able to reflect upon that as an individual, but to share that with people who may not necessarily understand, I think it's great. It isn't a large focus of the book, but she does mention it enough that the reader is fully aware of the circumstances.

I felt like this book has a great flow to it. It's basically one highlight of her life at a time and her narration and outlook on certain events is hilarious. I appreciate her darker, often cynical humour but don't think that is all she has to offer. She definitely has a great sense of humour that most readers will find funny.

My only "problem" with this book is that it is really long! It clocks in at close to 9 hours as an audio CD, which is a long time to listen to anyone speak. I would have been more than satisfied if it was a little shorter but I did enjoy the entire piece, even if I did get a little bored of it by the end.
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This book is a gem. A friend lent it to me as a library book she'd checked out and recommended "because it reminds me of you". I read it in a day. I just couldn't put it down. Then I read some bits to my husband, and he thought it was hilarious too, so now I've bought the kindle version so I can read it to him on long car trips. And yes, I returned the library book. On time! If you've ever had a running monologue in your head, or have a friend who does (or want to know what that's like), this book is for you. It's like sitting down with some crazy friend you adore, who decided to tell you bits from her life story. It's well-written, flows well, has lots of profanity and includes a world-weary husband who somehow manages to cope with the craziness.
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