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

by Jenny Lawson

Penguin Group US | April 17, 2012 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

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When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a 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 the 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.


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Published: April 17, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Group US

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1101573082

ISBN - 13: 9781101573082

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun read! This book was just a truely great read!!! Could not go wrong with this one :)
Date published: 2012-12-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't bother finishing it Tedious. To be honest, I didn't finish the book. Sad, because I have read her blog. Thinking back I may have lost interest in the blog for the same reasons I didn't like the book.
Date published: 2012-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun Read A rambling book of crap, but funny crap. It is a disjointed compilation of stories and instances in time that the author tells with such wit that it is hard not to enjoy. I didn't give it 5 stars because it is a bit long of a book for what it offers. Either way, you can't expect a masterpiece of non-fiction (or fiction, depending on your gullibility) when reading this book, it is just supposed to be fun. If you are serious (grrrr) about the books you read then this is not your book....
Date published: 2012-11-10
Rated out of 5 by from This book is hilarious! She has a wonderful way of describing mortifying events and turning them into really funny episodes. Her tone and prose are perfect. The events are divided into separate chapters for those who don't have time to sit down and read for a long time, but that doesn't change the fact that you won't want to put it down.
Date published: 2012-10-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible - Terrible - Terrible This book does not deserve to be on any best seller or popular book list. Terrible writing, disjointed and pathetic.
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Painful It's rare I find a book I can't at least finish but after 160 pages that was more than enough. Unfortunately, it isn't funny just rambling crap. OK I cracked a smile twice but this book is weak at best and not worth reading in fact it is sad if it is true as mental health isn't funny.
Date published: 2012-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!!! I loved this book! I bought the book because the cover was cute and I heard it was on the globe and mail bestseller so I went with it. Within the first chapter I was laughing hysterically so much that tears were flowing from my eyes and I couldn't form a sentence. I couldn't put it down and everyday I found myself hauling the book from my purse and showing people the pictures and reading them bits and pieces. Jenny took even the saddest moments and made them okay, I appreciate the positive outlook she has and it made me look at how I react to negative situations. It was honest and real. It was a refreshing change to read Jenny's book. I was sad when I was finished and I hope very soon she writes another! I have recommended this book to every person I know.
Date published: 2012-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it but maybe not for everyone I had no idea what to expect with this book but overall I enjoyed it. There were moments where I was unimpressed with the author's narration because it sounded a bit contrived but there were many many moments where I was laughing out loud. I read this book on a flight and I could not control my bursts of laughter. Although I enjoyed it, it is not a book that I would recommend for everyone. There are some people who would not appreciate this type of humour. I'd suggest sampling a few pages before purchasing.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from worst book I've encountered in a long time This book is just one gag line after another that adds up to choppy, super annoying, plot-less crap.
Date published: 2012-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So funny I still don't really know who Jenny Lawson is... but laughed out loud the entire way through this book! A nice light, silly read!
Date published: 2012-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jenny Lawson if fricken hilarious! I wasn’t sure what to expect from her book, to be completely honest. While it’s classified as a ‘mostly true memoir’, it could easily be shelved in the humour section. It’s up to you to decide for yourself what’s true and isn’t true, but I think it’s fair to say that stuff this crazy can’t be made up. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is essentially a scatterbrained compilation of essays. There’s no flow or noticeable order to the stories, but it works. She talks about everything from her crazy childhood growing up with a father obsessed with taxidermy; how she met and then married her husband, Victor; their constant (but hilarious) bickering and bantering, complete with an argument captured solely on post-its; her struggles with conceiving their daughter, Haley; vaginal arthritis and of course, Beyonce. I did a little shout of joy when I got to the Beyonce story. Read the rest of my review here: http://letseatbooks.blogspot.ca/2012/07/lets-pretend-this-never-happened-by.html
Date published: 2012-07-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not funny at all perhaps there are people who live like this, but I do not need to read about them... the story was not at all funny - I would describe it as pathetic. It was a waste of time to have read the pages I did read.
Date published: 2012-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book!!!! I had no idea what this book was about or who the author was before buying.....(to be honest I saw it on the Indigo home page and I blame the cute mouse pic!) but I LOVED this book! I found myself laughing aloud on several occasions and it was a total pleasure to read. I would recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2012-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quirky and Unique What a hoot it was to read this book. I love the way Jenny Lawson looks at life, the way she accepts the insane as ordinary...the way she accepts who she is in all her quirkiness. This is a fun and clever book that kept me laughing, crying, smiling, and embracing my own uniqueness. I now want a stuffed squirrel.
Date published: 2012-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Let's Pretend This Never Happened Consider this book therapy to process your own dysfunctional family experiences. Consider it therapy to make yourself feel better about your own weird personality quirks. When you read this book, you will be glad you are reading about Jenny Lawson’s life and not living it. Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess, has enough blog followers to send this book to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list its first week out, so things aren’t so bad really. To get to that point though, Lawson had to learn how to leverage life’s challenges instead of let them destroy her. She describes this lifelong process in Let’s Pretend This Never Happened with humour, sarcasm, and poignancy. This book’s 18+ rating indicates that Lawson uses language that one wouldn’t use in the presence of the Queen. The subject matter of her stories wouldn’t be appropriate bedtime reading for your children. But Lawson entertains. No one else has a mind that functions quite like hers. Reading this you marvel and admire her fresh take on life, and you start to think, “If only I were as interesting as unique as Jenny Lawson.” Then you realize that to be like her, you would have to suffer from anxiety disorder, depression and an unnatural obsession with the zombie apocalypse and vaginas. Not worth the tradeoff. You will laugh at Lawson’s telling of events, but you will never lose sight of the shadow side of pain that lies behind it all. And you will laugh out loud reading this book. Unless you are a member of PETA. Then you might suffer palpitations and fainting spells. You might cry reading this book. Especially if you are a member of PETA. Lawson uses a variety of literary techniques to relate her story—not because she’s trying to be clever or coy, but because that’s her natural storytelling style. The playwright-style dialogues and Post-it note conversations with her long-suffering husband are especially entertaining. Amusing captions accompany the photographs embedded within the narrative instead in a clump in the middle of the book. Lawson calls her book a “mostly true memoir,” but it is in truth part memoir and part life-as-lived-now. We read about her childhood with bobcats in the house and dead animal playtoys, and we read about her current scorpio-ridden life in rural Texas. You can choose which parts are true and which parts are mostly true, but whether true or just entertaining, the lesson for all of us remains the same. The challenges we overcome become the things of which we are the most proud. As Lawson says, “. . . the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us who we are today.” Arlene Somerton Smith www.scienceandstory.wordpress.com www.wednesdaybookreview.wordpress.com
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So crazy, you can't make this stuff up! Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4.5/5 stars) Jenny Lawson is also known in the online world as “The Bloggess“, with a popular blog of which this book shares some of those anecdotes. Growing up with a taxidermist father, Lawson and her younger sister were constantly surrounded by bizarre things and events, from squirrels in boxes to “turkeys” following them to school. This book is a collection of some poignantly hilarious life stories that has gotten Lawson to where she is today. Told in her distinctive voice, the stories range from a good ol’ narrative storytelling to a Post-It note argument to recounting events via blog entries. This book had me from the first page of the first chapter. I must have read that Starbucks/Doctor story to countless numbers of friends because of how hilarious I thought it was. I loved Lawson’s style, the spastic, off-on-a-tangent way of telling her stories, complete with footnotes and “editor” interjections! As “evidence” of said stories, the book was interspersed with some small black & white photos (which I often found hard to really make out what it was clearly… would have loved if it was a bit bigger or in colour). While most of the book had ridiculous moments, it was the chapter about her meeting fellow bloggers for an outing that I felt really connected to. Finding some fantastic kindred spirits that don’t judge and are supportive of you because of a shared, connected interest. The stories our often outrageous and almost always hilarious. You know the saying, “it’s funny because it’s true”? All the more relevant with Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. So crazy, you can’t make this stuff up! (And honestly, how can you resist that adorable mouse on the cover??) This, and other reviews can be found on my blog JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and Honest The Good Stuff •This book should come with a warning about reading in public - You will snort, people will stare - be prepared -- also might be a good idea to pee before reading as well •I can't tell you the last time I enjoyed a book as much as this one -- I was constantly reading passages out loud to my hubby (And btw, the hubby hates books and didn't stop me --so you know it had to be good) •I felt a connection with her on many occasions while reading •Admire her for talking about mental illness - it makes a huge difference to people understanding and accepting. She goes into some very personal stories and anyone who has the b*lls to talk about this stuff is up there on my hero list •Loved her writing style -- it was like she was just shooting the s**t with you (and quite frankly it sorta reminded me of the way I talk sometimes -- so well - you get the picture - I feel a connection with her) •Absolutely adore the cover (not to mention the praise on the back which is hilarious) •The Chapter on drugs is just plain hilarious (again must emphasize be warned you will laugh - be careful where you read •Her chapter on her miscarriages/stillbirth is painful and honest and so very funny at times (I know but trust me read it) •I cannot tell you how much you will enjoy her diary from her career in HR •Ok I am in New York and have consumed a few Mojito's so I will end this by just saying -- one of my favorite books of the year and I will be buying all my sister in laws a copy y'all (now off to bed I have to get up at 6:00 am) The Not So Good Stuff •Do you have any idea how frickin hard it was to pick only three quotes to include in this review -- I am not good at making decisions people •Read this on the TTC & GO Transit and I was laughing so hard (and yes some undignified snorting) that people were staring -- and I don't like that kind of attention (well unless it was from some hot nerdy guy than I really wouldn't care, just some hot nerdy guy would be looking at me) •BTW, Jenny, I may just hug you at BEA - so FYI •Love her totally inappropriate (not to me) and TMI stories & if you know me, you will understand Favorite Quotes/Passages "But what did worry us was the fact that the hailstorm had occurred only seconds after we'd heard Grandlibby praying in the house. It was disconcerting. Did my grandmother have some kind of direct line to God? Had all those years of funneling money to Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker finally paid off? We weren't sure, but felt it was better not to chance it. I placed the Pla*boy back on top of the neighbors trash can, feeling that if we could no longer partake in its wonder, surely the next dumpster divers would appreciate my generosity and charity, qualities I felt sure God would admire." "When Mrs Johnson handed her my recent book report on Pet Semetary, my mom wrinkled her forehead with concern and disapproval. "Oh, I see," she said disappointingly, as she turned to me. "You spelled 'cemetery' wrong." Then I explained that Stephen King had spelled it that way on purpose, and she nodded, saying, "Ah. Well, good enough for me." My teacher seemed a bit flustered, but eventually the principal reminded her that my family had been responsible for the Great Turkey **it-Off of 1983, and she seemed to realize that her intervention was futile, and gave up without feeling too guilty, because it was pretty obvious there was no way of turning me into a "normal" third grader. And I felt relieved for her." "Then we all laugh and order another round and toast how great it is to have fun, gay male friends. Hint: It's awesome. Go find some right now. Gay people are just like you and me, except better. Except for the ones who are boring, or are a**holes. Avoid them. " Who Should/Shouldn't Read •This is soooo not for the prudish, sensitive (in other words seriously boring people) or those uncomfortable with TMI •Must read for bloggers •Basically unless you are a prude or are dull as dishwater you will enjoy it -- go buy it (so looking forward to hearing her talk tomorrow at the blogger convention) 5 Dewey's I purchased this on recommendation from my go to Non-Fiction guy the ever charming Jeremy Cammy (@indigogreenroom)
Date published: 2012-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Putting the Fun in Dys-fun-ctional So when I first picked up this book and started reading it I wasn't sure. But the further in I got the better it was. I passed the book onto a friend to read (just the chapter on HR) and give back so I could finish. They became ADDICTED to this book, so much so they phoned up another friend and tried to read excerpts of the book to them over the phone. I say try because they literally had tears from laughing so hard rolling down their cheeks! They both ended up pre-ordering copies of their own…In short if you've got a semi sarcastic sense of humour you MUST read this book. I eventually got the book back and with it a thank you from my friend who admitted they probably would NEVER have picked this up on their own. BUT was SOOOOOO glad that I introduced them to the completely dysfunctional world of Jenny Lawson!
Date published: 2012-05-10
Rated out of 5 by from Okay, I've read a lot of funny stuff in my life but I've got to say this is positively brilliant. (And, I'm only on page 18!)
Date published: 2012-05-03

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

by Jenny Lawson

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 17, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Group US

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101573082

ISBN - 13: 9781101573082

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Includes a new chapter!

When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a 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 the 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.


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