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Monday, June 3, 2013

Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

Author: Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess

Title:Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)
Publication: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Memoir, Humor
Pages: 370
Audience: 18 and up
Rating: 3 out of 5
Source: Purchased

Synopsis (from the cover): When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and 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 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.

My thoughts:
 I came across The Bloggess's blog some time around March. It was around the time the paperback copy of her novel, Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) was first released and she had added an extra chapter to it. Before purchasing the novel I read most of her posts and caught up with her blog once a week during one of my classes. I loved her blog that I purchased her book with intentions of reading it for Spring Break. As funny as she is, she can be offensive. So, if you are easily offended, I do not recommend this book. If you do not like cursing, I also do not recommend this book. It is full of curse words and offensive stories. She even mentions that in the first chapter that she may offend you. I wasn't offended, but I felt like I expected more humor out of her stories, I guess. The stories on her blog are hilarious, but this was a more "this is how I became me" type of story, which is what a memoir actually is. It is not a bad story and I can relate to her. She has anxiety disorder plus other medical issues that I find very brave of her to come out and say she has. Also, I love her stories about her hometown. Being from a small, rural area myself, there are so many weird things that happen that just seem normal because you are not from a more developed, urban area. I guess I could see the same things happening in my home town and what not that I was a little bit let down. However, her blog keeps me entertained and this book hinted at another novel in the future. I will definitely pick it up.

1 comment:

  1. This is seriously the funniest book I have ever read. Yes it is vulgar and at times unbelievable. But I couldn't help but laugh out loud so hard at times I was crying. And I annoyed people by reading parts outloud. I'm a 30-year-old overweight, liberal girl and thought this was the funniest book ever. EVER.

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