Title: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)
Author: Jenny Lawson
Genre/Audience: Memoir, nonfiction, humor, adult
Publication: Putnam, 2012
Summary: Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, is a popular blogger who has chronicled her bizarre and funny life in her new memoir. She takes us from her strange Texas childhood, growing up with a taxidermist dad who often brought in strange, exotic animals as pets, to her current life as a mother and blogger. We hear about her life growing up, her marriage, her jobs, and everything in between, including her anxieties and difficulties, but always with a funny twist. Jenny is vulgar, witty, and completely messed up. This memoir is a no-holds-barred, hilarious chronicle of anything and everything Jenny has gone through so far.
My Thoughts: When I first started this book, I couldn’t really get into it for some reason. I felt the book was trying too hard, with corny “editor’s notes,” and Jenny talking to her editors through the book and whatnot. I kept going though, mainly because one of my favorite authors, Jen Lancaster, is a huge fan of this book and endorsed it quite heavily. I find Jen Lancaster to be hilarious, and if she finds Jenny Lawson to be hilarious, then I figured I would too. I figured they were the same brand of humor. Well, at first, not so much, but after about 100 pages or so, I finally got into it more. I felt I could relate to Jenny a lot with some of her anxiety problems, neuroticism, etc. and I started laughing out loud at a lot of her antics and bizarre dialogues and sayings. I wasn’t dying laughing throughout the whole thing, but I chuckled out loud at least a few times, and for me, that made it worth the read.
Not only did Jenny make me laugh with her stories, but sometimes she got pretty real, talking about some of her real life problems, so I felt a sense of knowing her which I enjoyed. I like to know the author behind the stories I’m reading, and I liked seeing a real side to her, even if it was mostly humorous. There were a few serious moments, which was cool, but they never lasted too long before she cracked a joke or lightened it up, which was even cooler. So it wasn’t the funniest book I’ve ever read (see: Bitter is the new Black, Jen Lancaster), and it was slow to start, but it really picked up after a bit and became quite enjoyable with several laugh-out-loud moments. I’d recommend this to fans of humor and memoirs, but be prepared for sarcasm, bizarre happenings, and vulgarity… all things which I enjoy! 🙂
If you’re looking for some other humorous memoirs, check out my reviews for two of my favorites, Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres, and Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin. Also, read Jen Lancaster. That is all.
My Rating: 3.5/5