Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

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30 Critic Reviews

....she blends surprising honesty with acerbic wit, discussing her struggles with anorexia as well as a series of miscarriages.
-NY Times

Synopsis

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.

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About Jenny Lawson

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JENNY LAWSON is a columnist and one of the most popular bloggers on Twitter (175,000+followers). Her blog, www.thebloggess.com, averages more than a half million page views per month. Jenny lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and daughter.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Berkley. 383 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Let's Pretend This Never Happened
All: 30 | Positive: 26 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Below average
Apr 01 2012

While Lawson fails to strike the perfect balance between pathos and punch line, she creates a comic character that readers will engage with in shocked dismay as they gratefully turn the pages.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by CHRISTOPHER KELLY on May 05 2012

....she blends surprising honesty with acerbic wit, discussing her struggles with anorexia as well as a series of miscarriages.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Stephan Lee on Apr 17 2012

But some of that charm gets lost in translation from blog to book.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Melissa Bell on Jun 01 2012

The world Lawson inhabits, however much invented, is a glorious place to be.

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USA Today

Below average
Reviewed by Lindsay Deutsch on May 12 2012

It's as irreverent as the quick-hit blog posts and tweets that made her famous.

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Oprah.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Abbe Wright

Lawson's self-deprecating humor is not only gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate; it also allows her to speak about subjects like depression, anxiety, and infertility in a real and raw way.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jun 15 2012

In this sarcastic and sidesplitting memoir, blogger and journalist Jenny Lawson... describes her childhood in Wall, Tex., her experiences with marriage and motherhood, and how she became a mature adult (sort of).

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Cool Mom Picks

Excellent
Apr 30 2012

Let's Pretend is without question the funniest book of the year.

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Arts + Culture Magazine Houston

Excellent
Reviewed by Nicole Zaza on May 31 2012

I read this book hungrily to the end.

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Smexy Books

Good
Reviewed by Tori on Apr 18 2012

I can guarantee that Let’s Pretend It Never Happened will gain a place of honor on your bookshelf and next to your bed.

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S. Krishna's Books

Below average
May 13 2012

Reading this book is what it feels like to be in the head of someone with ADD, though the essay-style format does make it easier to read than if it were a continuous story.

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She Knows

Good
Reviewed by Candace on Apr 09 2012

The stories in Let's Pretend This Never Happened are told in a mix of styles and formats that add to the fun of the memoir.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

Good
Jun 09 2012

She is casual and personal, and you really get to feel like you know her.

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The Reading Date

Above average
Reviewed by Lucy on Apr 11 2012

The book hooked me right away, and when I wasn’t listening to it I was thinking about it or telling my family about it. One of the things I was surprised about is how easily I could connect to Jenny’s story.

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The Lit B***h

Good
Reviewed by The Lit Bitch on Jun 16 2012

The only thing that kept me from rating this book 5 stars was at times the stream of continuous thought was distracting. This is a difficult novel to review, mostly because it is the kind of book you just have to read to understand.

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Between The Covers

Good
Apr 18 2012

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a quick, quirky, wonderful read and I highly recommend it to anyone who is already a fan of The Bloggess, and to anyone who enjoys a good memoir.

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Alison's Book Marks Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Alison on May 18 2012

Now that Jenny has gone from Blog to book, she needs to take her stories to prime-time.  The banter between her and her husband, Victor, is hilarious...

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Caribous Mom

Good
Apr 13 2012

Jenny Lawson lacks filters, and that is what makes her so very, very funny.

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Cannonball Read IV

Good
May 12 2012

Regardless, this is a book worth your time... Just don’t read it in public or you might scare people with your convulsions of hysterical laughter.

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Insatiable Book Sluts

Excellent
Reviewed by lucysfootball on Apr 29 2012

...yes. I recommend the book. My highest recommendation. Unless you hate laughing. Or cursing. Or memoirs. Or things that are well-written.

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The Literary Life of the Well-Read Wife

Good
Reviewed by Mandy on Mar 14 2012

If I were the type of book blog that had a ratings system, I would give her ten million gold stars and one humanely deceased, taxidermied unicorn head mounted on a purple plaque.

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The Reading Fever

Good
Apr 26 2012

It didn't feel like a memoir; it felt like a good friend telling me the most outrageously funny stories I have ever heard.

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Fantasy and Sci-Fi Lovin' News & Reviews

Good
May 08 2012

It's one of those books that you can't put down and end up reading in one sitting.

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Just a Lil' Lost

Good
Reviewed by Michele on Jun 14 2012

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.

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Plot Twister

Good
May 26 2012

It’s extremely funny, I cannot stress this enough.

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Don't Mind the Mess

Good
Mar 23 2012

When I read this book, it was like making a good friend.

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Little Bits and Pieces

Good
May 23 2012

Parts of the book keep popping back into my memory and continue to make me laugh.

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Vampire Vocab

Good
Apr 29 2012

It is, currently, my favorite book. And that’s saying a lot.

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Just One More Thing...

Good
Apr 27 2012

Jenny's willingness to share all this makes her feel like a friend telling you these stories over a glass of wine, rather than a distant, unknown author.

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All Fooked Up

Good

While the book is seriously laugh out loud funny, it truly is a tale of learning to accept, and yes, even love yourself, foibles and all.

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