Title: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Author: Jenny Lawson
Genre: adult, memoir, humor
My Rating: 3.5 / 5
There are no spoilers in this review.
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.
(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)
This book was WEIRD. No, scratch that. There’s weird, and then there’s this book. I listened to the audiobook version of this story because it had some extra stuff that wasn’t written in the book. The best part of it all was that the author herself was reading the story. It added to the memoir that the Bloggess herself was reading about her experiences.
I read Jenny Lawson’s second book about a year and a half ago, so I already knew getting into her first book that I should expect something weird. I just never knew how weird it was going to get.
The stories themselves were hilarious. I couldn’t quite grasp what she went through in her childhood because I grew up sheltered from the horrors of the world. Not that her childhood was horrible, but there was some strange things that happened.
The stories about Jenny and her husband, Victor, are the best ones. It’s so funny to see the conversations they have on a normal basis. I can’t imagine what it would be like to talk to Jenny Lawson, but I bet it would be really interesting.
I also like how she explained why the subtitle was “A Mostly True Memoir” rather than “A True Memoir”. You’d think she would have made up some crazy part of the story, but she explains in the book that the part that *probably* isn’t true would be something like someone’s name or the time it occurred. It threw me off guard every single time.
Despite all the humor in the memoir, it’s not all lighthearted memories. There were some heavy chapters that caused you to pause and think. Jenny Lawson didn’t hide away the fact that she, too, had some dark times in her life. But I also like how those times strengthened her rather than weakened her spirit in the end.
If you’re looking for something really weird and super funny, I would highly recommend not just this book but any book by Jenny Lawson. She’s hilarious and won’t fail to make you laugh.
(Also, if you have the time, you should listen to the audiobook because she doesn’t always follow the book and there’s some extra stuff she talks about that made me laugh so HARD. I would still read the book as well because there are pictures.)
I give this book 3.5 / 5 BBC Sherlock heads. It was so weird that I’m not sure what I think of it.
Until next time….