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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Highly relatable, witty, and fresh, "Let's Pretend" had me laughing aloud by page ten, and I never really stopped.
Even her use of profanity is clever. Had she been inclined to preface each with, "please excuse my French," one would, in short order, assume her a multi-cultural linguist. However, Lawson sets herself apart from most authors in that the cursing never seems forced, childish, or derogatory; to the contrary, the words are used to color a scene and elevate the laugh-level of the reader.
If there existed a way for me to force you to purchase and consume this book, then I would, and you'd feel so completely in my debt that you'd probably send me gifts of gold (white, please), jewels (black pearls make my heart flutter), and offer to babysit my children for free (I would happily forfeit ANY amount of material pleasure for a break from these mini, soul-crushing... blessings 😇).
Buy this book. Do it for yourself; do it out of guilt for missing ab day; and do it for The Queen!!!!!
In short, read this book. Immediately. You'll thank me - after you catch your breath.
It's at it's best when shared with a friend, while clutching your sides and shrieking with laughter...right before you fall into that silent laughter, where you're laughing so hard that you can't breathe and no sound comes out, and it sort of feeds on itself, so that when you eventually recover and are able to get back to your place on the page, you realize you hadn't even reached the punchline yet.
However, amidst the laughter and the tears is the very serious and very real experience of an exceptionally courageous woman baring her soul and her neuroses and mental landscape with such glaring and insightful honesty that it is also truly humbling. You're either going to find yourself a whole lot more appreciative that your crazy isn't as much a burden, or you're going to find out that you're not the only one in the world who has a whole lot more baggage to haul than everyone else does and that sadly, life is not fair, often unpleasant and, quite frankly, most of it you just have to either laugh or cry through.
Most of us would just cry, so Jenny, being able to laugh and make us laugh with her (never at her) is an incredibly beautiful soul indeed.
May I also say, severe admiration and kudos to her husband, who does make appearances, another unsung hero (well, truly appreciated by Jenny)... but basically a regular guy with a great heart who, like so many in life who rise each morning to the unforeseen challenges lying ahead, does his best to meet them and make it through.
I loved this so much that I automatically bought "Furiously Happy" - the second book.
Bonding with my family has never been so much fun or so easy. Same for counting blessings, broadening one's compassion and seeing this world from a whole new crazy angle.
Lawson starts off the book by throwing the reader into the deep end of her humor and really doesn’t let them resurface until after finishing the book. Beginning with her childhood in Wall, Texas, Lawson goes through her quirky life from one embarrassing moment to another especially since her own father was a quirky taxidermist whose business was in the backyard AND that was before she even started school. Misadventures in high school—mainly dealing with a cow—and college follow, and it is in the latter where she meets her husband in which the most hilarious moments of her life begin. And through her marriage with Victor, the birth of their daughter, and move out into Texas countryside the misadventures only continue with predictably hilarious, yet embarrassing results.
It’s hard to really evaluate a humorous memoir, except grading it on the content of its own humor. Honestly, given how much I looked forward to reading this book each day and the fact I had to stop reading out of either laughing or just being embarrassed at the author’s own embarrassing situations means it succeeded. Yet on top of that is Lawson’s faux notes from her editor(s) just add to the overall experience of the book. And the added bonus chapter of the paperback of notes from her promotional tour is a cherry on top of everything.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a hilarious memoir of a woman who owns up to her embarrassing moments, cherishes them, and knows they made her who she is. Though this wasn’t the first book by Jenny Lawson that I’ve read, yet now I can see why it became a bestseller and has led to a few more books by Lawson.