The day I received Jenny Lawson’s book in the mail I couldn’t wait to read it. I was so excited (slow day for me), I announced it to the Twitter world. And then, The Bloggess herself tweeted me back. O.M.Gee.
@courtneycal OMG, you have the paperback.I HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN THE PAPERBACK YET.
— TheBloggess (@TheBloggess) February 13, 2013
As I’m writing this review of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, A Mostly True Memoir, I’m giggling to myself just thinking about the stories I’ve read.
If you like to laugh, this book is for you. If you like to laugh out loud at wildly inappropriate situations, then this is definitely for you. And if you are not easily offended, read it ASAP.
Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, has one of the funniest blogs on the Internet. “Let’s Pretend” is an extension of that and doesn’t disappoint.
Every page is filled with memories of Jenny’s childhood and beyond and literally left me snorting with laughter. The way she story tells reminds me of my favorite television character, Lorelei Gilmore, from the Gilmore Girls.
Jenny rambles a bit and writes with run-on sentences. There’s also a TON of cursing. If bad words bother you, I’d stop reading this review right now. 🙂
Something I haven’t seen since reading Shakespeare, Jenny includes footnotes on many pages to better explain herself. It’s fast paced and fun to keep up with.
The beginning of the book hits the ground running with talk of magical squirrel puppets, pet turkeys that had names and big time embarrassed her in from of her classmates, gross encounters with dozens of dead animals (her dad is a professional taxidermist) and the time she got her arm stuck inside a cow’s vagina during class in high school.
Do I have your attention yet?
While the stories seem too unbelievable to be true, you will still laugh until you cry and I guarantee you it will have you walking down memory lane.
On a small serious note, Jenny’s life moments remind us that it’s OK to be the oddball and it’s OK to feel like you never fit in. Her stories truly are one of a kind…
Personally, with a book like this, I think she’s fitting in just fine.
If you are interested in following Jenny Lawson via social media you can find her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheBloggess), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jennythebloggess) and, of course, her blog (http://thebloggess.com/).
Disclosure: This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.