Monday, June 3, 2013

Audio Review: Let's Pretend this never happened by Jenny Lawson

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.” (GoodReads)

This book came out a few years back and popped up on my radar when I found out the author was the Keynote speaker at a Book Blogger Convention during BEA. I was unable to attend that year and didn't really know much about Jenny Lawson at all. She was a blogger, appropriately named The Bloggess. That's all I knew.

Well, like most things, I was waaaaaaay behind on this one. I am so incredibly happy I finally got around to reading/listening to this. The Ladies' Book Club chose this for our June pick and I can not be happier with it. Lawson reads it herself, which is perfect, much like Tina Fey was reading her humorous memoir. 

Lawson's squeaky, anal, always somewhat self righteous and perturbed tone makes her over the top stories and opinions an absoolute riot to listen to. I was lucky to find a whole Goodreads page of favorite quotes from this book because I honestly could not keep up with how many I wanted to write on my walls for a quick reminder chuckle for the future. 

“When I was in junior high I read a lot of Danielle Steele. So I always assumed that the day I got engaged I'd be naked, covered in rose petals, and sleeping with the brother of the man who'd kidnapped me.” “It's true, I did say I wanted girlfriends," I capitulated hesitantly, "but couldn't we start with something smaller and less terrifying? Like maybe spend a weekend at a crack house? I heard those people are very nonjudgmental, and if you accidentally say something offensive you can just blame it on their hallucinations.” 


Excuse me while I fall off my chair from laughing.

"It's true, I did say I wanted girlfriends," I capitulated hesitantly, "but couldn't we start with something smaller and less terrifying? Like maybe spend a weekend at a crack house? I heard those people are very nonjudgmental, and if you accidentally say something offensive you can just blame it on their hallucinations.” 

Hilarious.

It's so much better on audio, to hear her tell it all. I am so excited to discuss this with my book club. There are actual serious moments too. Lawson is honest in her attempts to have a child and her battles with her health and keeping a marriage going. But you can tell that humor is what has carried her and helped her gain some much needed perspective on life. I actually learned quite a bit from listening to her. Look for the light in situations.

So far this is her only book and I'm kind of going through a withdrawal. Luckily she has a blog that I can stalk... I mean, follow. :)

Author Website:
Jenny Lawson


Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child

5 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

This is on my audio wish list. FAB review.

Lindsey said...

It's so exciting to find an author who has more things you can read and enjoy - either more books or a blog!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I listened to this one on audio too. Funny stuff!

Stop by today if you have time - 4 year blogiversary party is going on and there is a big giveaway!

Laura's Reviews said...

I listened to this one on audio too and really enjoyed it. It was very funny!!

Lisa said...

I finally picked this book up at a sale but dang, I'm really wishing I had it on audio now!