Thursday, April 3, 2014

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

Title: Let's Pretend This Never Happened 
Author: Jenny Lawson aka "The Bloggess"
Publisher: Picador
Pages: 318
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal purchase

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

Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives—the ones we’d like to pretend never happened—are in fact the ones that define us. In the #1 New York Times bestseller,Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. Chapters include: “Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel”; “A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband”; “My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking”; “And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane.” Pictures with captions (no one would believe these things without proof) accompany the text.

My thoughts: 

As far as I know her through her blog The Bloggess, Jenny Lawson is a weird, crazy, smart and funny woman. I’ve been following her for quite a while now, and it usually makes me laugh (out loud, most of the time) so I was rather excited when I heard she had a book out.

Just like she does in the blog, Jenny focuses on her private life in her book as well, including many a weird/funny situation she finds herself in. Of course, while the blog posts are current, the book takes us back to her childhood and teen years. Yes, Jenny was always kinda crazy. Yes, she still makes you laugh out loud. Yet, 318 pages of Jenny Lawson was way too much for me. Even though I did rather enjoy it, I think I could do without reading the book and just following her blog. I enjoy her more in small doses.

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