Book Review: Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris-Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut.

When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father (a professional taxidermist who created dead-animal hand puppets) and a childhood of wearing winter shoes made out of used bread sacks. 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.

Lawson's long-suffering husband and sweet daughter are the perfect comedic foils to her absurdities, and help her to 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.
Let's Pretend This Never Happened is a poignantly disturbing, yet darkly hysterical tome for every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud. Like laughing at a funeral, this book is both irreverent and impossible to hold back once you get started.

Release Date: April 17, 2012
Age Group: Adult
Source: Purchased

I love reading Jenny Lawson's blog: The Bloggess and hoped that her book would be full of the hilarious writing I enjoy on her blog every day.  And, it was!  I loved Let's Pretend This Never Happened.  I read it pretty quickly, because it was so good I couldn't stop.  Everything in this book was funny or satirical, from the chapter titles to the footnotes.  I laughed until I cried several was just that funny!

If you're looking for a 'clean' memoir, this is not it.  Jenny uses the f-word liberally, and there are references to drug use as well.  A good way to tell if you'll like the book is to read her famous Beyonce post.  If you like that post, you'll love the book.  If you're offended, skip the book because it's full of these kinds of humorous outtakes from her life.

As for me, I can't wait until Jenny's next book.  Luckily, I have her blog to read in the meantime, and I will also be re-reading my favorite chapters from Let's Pretend This Never Happened any time I need a good laugh. 


  1. I keep thinking I should try this one :) Great review!

  2. I thought it was a fun read too, but she lost me many times when she veered off track. I came to realize that was just her writing style.

  3. I've come across her blog before and the post I read (the chicken) was hilarious! I'll definitely have to read her book one of these days.

  4. I am reading this book right now! I love it!

  5. I just have to say: I love the name of your blog. Also, that cover is adorable. Delirium's one of my favorite books too. :)

  6. Looks like I have another one to add to my growing "To Read" list! Thanks for the review and recommendation. :) I need something funny after scaring myself silly with computer virus conspiracy novels!


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