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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: Library Edition Preloaded Digital Audio Player – Unabridged, May 1, 2012
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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.
Yes depression, bipolar illness and anxiety disorders are terrible illnesses but her defense is her humur and it can really work. I think when people can laugh at themselves, it is a real stress reliever. It can make it possible to do things when your anxiety disorder screams "stop, you need to hide under your bed!" It also normalises your fears and perceived failures so you don't feel like some loser/freak.
I think that the use of humur is one tool out of many to help people deal with the types of disorders Jenny has. Jenny is a good teacher.
I recommend this book.
Bottom line - I read this over a series of nights, after I'd finished my work for the day, and my exercise, and all my home obligations, and just wanted to relax before drifting off to sleep. Relax, I did, and often laughed so hard I thought I was going to fall out of bed, and I absolutely had tears rolling down my face at several points in the book. The stories of Rambo and his frustration with the bar of soap, and the repeated accidental kitchen fires almost killed me because I was forgetting to breathe. But what a way to go!
This is the first Jenny Lawson I've read, and I want to read more of her work as a result. Pick up this book, put down your sense of propriety, and enjoy!