Let's Pretend This Never Happened

by Jenny Lawson

Penguin Publishing Group | March 5, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Let's Pretend This Never Happened is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 30.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Furiously Happy...

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.

Includes a new chapter!

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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.26 × 5.46 × 0.78 in

Published: March 5, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425261018

ISBN - 13: 9780425261019

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from May be funny to teenagers that have no respect for reading. I have never written a review of a book, until now. This is due to the fact that I have never been disappointed by a literary purchase as much as I have been by this substandard, published item. I have been a reader from my earliest years. I have read hundreds of works including: historical, science fiction, horror, fantasy, crime, drama, psychological thrillers, character studies, war stories, youth literature, biographies, autobiographies, even some that are hard to classify. Throughout every book I have 99% of the time taken at least some small pleasure or intellectual boost. With the other 1% I may have been disappointed emotionally or have disagreed enough to not finish reading but still respect the author's point of view enough to pass the book forward. Let's Pretend This Never Happened is the first book I have burned. First of all the readability score of this item is lower than a newspaper article. (I've always been told newspapers are written at a grade 4 level.) Second, I am not a prudish person when it comes to offensive language, especially when demonstrating a character's upbringing or, emotion or, age/grade level, etc, but Jenny Lawson's use of offensive language seems to only reflect her lack of respect to the reader or she uses it as a draw for a very low grade level reader. (Again I must say, I have sworn at small things and I hear cursing all the time without being offended.) Finally this work's content is of such a low caliber that a collection of short stories written as homework by a class of uninterested grade 10's would be a pleasure compared to this. (Yes, I am a highschool teacher.) I have lost all respect for the New York Times Bestseller List. I have also lost respect for those who write the reviews posted in and on the book. I will still keep reading Neil Gaiman but will not read his suggestions.
Date published: 2016-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funniest book ever! I have read this book numerous times and never fail to laugh out loud
Date published: 2016-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious Loved it. I found myself laughing out loud in public uncontrollably every time I read it (then trying to pretend I was coughing to avoid completely embarrassing myself). I keep going back to it and it hasn't lost any of its charm. Looking forward to her follow-up book!
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So funny I love how hilarious this book is. She is awkward, witty, and funny all at the same time! I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys light reading with a sense of humor.
Date published: 2015-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never a dull moment Extremely honest, unlike anything ive ever read. 100% enjoyment. Only mistake I made was reading it in public! Large outloud laughs garner some strange looks from passerbys, or the other peoole waiting in the doctors office!
Date published: 2015-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't stop laughing Seriously funny book. I can't think of any other book that made me laugh as much as this one did. I laughed I cried. It was better than Cats.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terribly Human I love the Bloggess, and her memoir showcases all the best of her zany adventures with her signature irreverent humour. The book is a hilarious look into the life of a woman whose irreverent perspective of the world shows good humour in the face of her own embarrassment. So funny!
Date published: 2014-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Died Laughing I laughed out loud. I read passages out loud to my husband and he laughed out loud, too. Whenever I see the friend who recommended the book to me, we recall certain passages and laugh out loud. So prepare yourself for a lot of laughing out loud, okay? The book's first half is better than the second, but the first half is so hysterical that I can't even fault it for that.
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Let's pretend this never happened. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. Too crazy.
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moar pls I laughed, I cried, I laughed until I cried and cried until I laughed. Her descriptions of anxiety are awkward and uncomfortable and hilarious and the best I've read to date.
Date published: 2014-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy read Laugh out loud funny! Once you start reading it you'll have a hard time putting it down!
Date published: 2014-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Let's pretend this never happened Nope. I've read some hilarious bio's and this one is entertaining but the scrambles and scrambles of sentences got old, really fast. Although this woman remind me of me in a lot of ways, I would think that writing a book about her awesome messed up weird life would have some flow to it. Be a good movie though!!
Date published: 2014-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure Bloggess! I've loved Jenny Lawson's blog, "The Bloggess", since her story of acquiring Beyonce went viral and we all broke the internet. I think of Jenny as a shining light on dark humor. She's funny and touching, sometimes both at once, and I recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for silly people (like me) If you have a silly sense of humour, this book is definitely up your alley. Kind of auto-biographical, but totally goofy. (Think John Grogan but nuttier).
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I give it 5 stars! The most hilarious and entertaining book I've ever read!
Date published: 2014-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strange, weird, hysterical Life is weird. Strange things happen. No one is normal. Reading this book is just confirmation. Light, fun, and sarcastic.
Date published: 2014-03-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from First half is better than the second half I read this book when I was camping and it was entertaining-at least the first half of the book. The author has a very eccentric childhood with a father who is a taxidermist. The author also details how her nervousness/ anxiety impacted her through school and turns puts a humerous spin on the mental health issue at times. My favourite parts especially entail the 'puppet' baby squirrels and looking through the movie list and imagining what it would be like to see the actual film. I think we can all kind of relate to those times when we didn't question the (insane) request of our parents....hopefully... However I find after the author gets married she starts describing the daily grind more so than the usual oddities. At this point I stopped reading because I just didn't want to read about someone's married life with kids (I could go to facebook for that).  If you are somewhat twisted and have a sense of humour you will probably enjoy this book or atleast the first half. 
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let's Pretend this Never Happened This is the funniest book I have ever read. I truly laughed out loud at least once every chapter. The stories were outrageous and yet believable since she had pictures of the events to back it up. The author is certifiable crazy and her husband Victor is a saint to put up with her! I recommend this book to anyone who needs to put some perspective into their own life. Also to have a really good laugh!
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting This book started off as being very humorous, but the humor started to wear a little thin by the time I was half way through. Perhaps, some serious material to offset the humor would have held my interest.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let's Pretend this Never Happened This book made me laugh out lough more times then I can count. I didn't know if this book was fiction or non fiction. Its quirky and entertaining. Great read!
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Let's Pretend this Never Happened A great read! Lawson shares insight into her life and lets the reader know that they aren't alone when it comes to weird and wonderful life experiences. In some chapters I laughed out loud, and others I cried - because I can certainly relate to those "let's pretend this never happened" moments. She writes in a way that makes you feel like you are there (pictures included) and as if you are speaking to her over coffee. Not for the faint of heart or the easily offended!
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let's Pretend this Never Happened Oh my goodness...a wonderful, compassionate and crazy look at human foibles! Jenny Lawson has written with keen insight and self-deprecating humor about her life as daughter, sister, wife, mom and friend. It's a laugh out loud hoot of a book, in which every honest human being can see a little of themselves. Loved it.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let's Pretend this Never Happened One of the best books I have read in years. I have gifted a copy to my daughter and close friends, and it's unanimously loved.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Let's Pretend this Never Happened A very funny book, exploring the importance of memory and families.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ugh Don't see what all the fuss is all about. I couldn't be bothered finishing this book and kicked it to the curb. 
Date published: 2014-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really funny Very true very heartfelt and very funny. When I passed the book over to my husband since he kept asking why I was laughing he said it was too close to what he lives everyday to be that funny to him, so maybe don't read this if your wife is super awesome
Date published: 2014-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from too funny one of my all time favourite books... i feel like if i wrote a book it would be like this. You can relate to the author in a way you would never believe, i laughed, i cried... just great
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Read of My Year This is the most original and hilarious memoir I've ever read. So much so I've shared it with many reader friends. Can NOT wait for a second book!!
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing my pick me up when ever I am down. I have been a loyal follower of her blog for years.
Date published: 2013-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funniest. Book. Ever. I bought this on my Kobo app. I have never laughed so much. I read the post it notes chapter to everyone I know, tears running down my face. Then I bought 3 hardcopy books so I could share this dose of healthy laughter with my friends for christmas. Then I thought of more people in my life that would love it, so I bought 3 paperback books, keeping one to lend to my friends, the rest as just because presents. I seriously love this girl and could relate in so many ways. It has inspired me, actually, to start writing down (beep) my husband says to me. Get this book. Read it. Get it for all your friends. Warning, lots of swearing, so maybe don't get it for people easily offended. Then read it again a year later.
Date published: 2013-05-06

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Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Let's Pretend This Never Happened

by Jenny Lawson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.26 × 5.46 × 0.78 in

Published: March 5, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425261018

ISBN - 13: 9780425261019

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“Lawson’s self-deprecating humor is not only gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate; it allows her to speak about subjects like depression, anxiety, and infertility in a real and raw way.”—O, The Oprah Magazine“The Bloggess writes stuff that actually is laugh-out-loud, but you know that really you shouldn’t be laughing and probably you’ll go to hell for laughing, so maybe you shouldn’t read it. That would be safer and wiser.”—Neil Gaiman, #1 New York Times bestselling author“Akin to Sedaris if he were an anxiety-stricken Texas mother with a fascination with the zombie apocalypse…The randomness only adds to the charm…Did a cougar casually stroll through her backyard last week? Does she really have a zombie kit stashed under her bed? Who cares? The world Lawson inhabits, however much invented, is a glorious place to be.”—The Washington Post“Jenny Lawson’s writing is nothing less than revolutionary…I say this without a hint of exaggeration: She may be one of the most progressive women’s voices of our time.”—Karen Walrond, author of The Beauty of Different“Jenny Lawson will make you laugh again and again—at things you didn’t even know were funny. And what’s more, she can write. What she knows about pacing, punch lines, setups, and surprises could fill a book. Lucky for us, it’s this one.”—Katherine Center, author of Get Lucky“[Lawson] creates a comic character that readers will engage with in shocked dismay as they gratefully turn the pages.”—Kirkus Reviews“Random and/or p
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Furiously Happy...

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.

Includes a new chapter!

Readers Guide Inside

About the Author

Known for her sardonic wit and her hysterically skewed outlook on life, Jenny Lawson has made millions of people question their own sanity, as they found themselves admitting that they, too, often wondered why Jesus wasn’t classified as a zombie, or laughed to the point of bladder failure when she accidentally forgot that she mailed herself a cobra. Lawson’s blog (TheBloggess.com) is award-winning and extremely popular, and she is considered one of the funniest writers of our generation by at least three or four people.

Editorial Reviews

“Really funny.”—Reese Witherspoon“Even when I was funny, I wasn’t this funny.”—Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors and This Is How“Lawson’s self-deprecating humor is not only gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate; it allows her to speak…in a real and raw way.”—O, The Oprah Magazine “Fucked up in the best possible way. Adorably offensive.”—Jesus*“Jenny Lawson is hilarious, snarky, witty, totally inappropriate, and ‘Like Mother Teresa, Only Better.’”—Marie Claire“[Lawson] writes with a rambling irreverence that makes you wish she were your best friend.”—Entertainment Weekly“The funniest memoir ever about a talking squirrel, anxiety disorder, couch etiquette, and more. Believe us, Lawson is hilarious.” —Ladies’ Home Journal “GET READY. Jenny has such a disturbing, ill-mannered, rich sense of humor you will wonder, ‘Am I the sick one for laughing?’ Everyone I gave the book to confirmed: We must all be sick, because this book IS HYSTERICAL...and yet it was also strangely touching at times. It’s one of my favorite books in the past five years.”—Kathryn Stockett, # 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Help“Funny, raunchy, and unexpectedly uplifting…Let’s Pretend will leave you hoping that Lawson’s next book happens and soon.”—People “Take one part David Sedaris and two parts Chelsea Handler and you’ll have some inkling of the cockeyed humor of Jenny Lawson…[She] flaunts the sort of fearless comedic chops that will make you spurt Diet Coke through your n
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Bookclub Guide

INTRODUCTION

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.

 


ABOUT JENNY LAWSON

Jenny Lawson is a columnist and one of the most popular bloggers on Twitter (hundreds of thousands of followers). Her blog, averages between 2–3 million page views per month. Jenny lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and daughter.

 


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  • What specific aspects of Lawson’s childhood particularly intrigued or repelled you? Is it possible to have both reactions at the same time?

  • What are some ways in which the book explores themes of individuality?

  • Were you surprised by the ending of Stanley the Magical Squirrel? Is it possible to find laughter in such horrific stories?

  • Lawson describes her hometown as “violently rural” and struggles to find a point to its existence. In your opinion, did growing up in this town help or hinder her?

  • Some reviewers have said this book is about individuality, and others feel it’s a book about family. What do you believe is the overall theme of the book?

  • Lawson and her husband have extremely different personalities, beliefs, and political backgrounds, yet they’ve managed to stay happily married. What is behind the success of their relationship? In what ways can being opposites help people in a relationship?

  • Lawson wrote about her OCD, phobias, and other mental struggles. Did this make her more or less relatable to you? Have you or has someone you know had a phobia or mental illness so severe that it affected your life?

  • Lawson made the decision to infuse humor into even her most traumatic stories of dealing with infertility, loss, and arthritis. What do you think of this choice? Have you ever used humor for healing?

  • Lawson had family members read and vet the book before it was published, giving them the opportunity to give their opinions on the writing. Is this a good idea for a memoirist? Is it ultimately stifling or respectful? Are there times when someone’s life story is not his or hers to tell?

  • What did you think about the author’s voice, her use of run–on sentences, stream–of–consciousness narrative, profanity, and invented words to create a unique narrative?

  • In the chapter about infertility, Lawson discusses her struggles with suicidal tendencies. What purpose does this section have in the narrative?

  • This book deals with mental illness, poverty, suicide, miscarriage, disease, and other traumatic subjects, yet most people consider it a humor book. Do you agree with this classification?

  • What was your favorite story? Why?

  • Of all the people described in the book, whom did you most relate to or empathize with, and why?

  • What do you think Lawson was looking for in her life? Do you think she has found it?