Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Let's Pretend This Never Happened

(a Mostly True Memoir)

Book - 2013
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Overview: 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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Berkley Books, 2013
Edition: Berkley trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780425261019
Branch Call Number: 818.602 L445L 2013
Characteristics: 370 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Lawson’s memoir is laugh-out-loud funny while managing to deal with serious issues such as mental health and family dynamics with eloquence and insight.

Not every teenager opens the shower curtain to find a tub full of raccoons, but not everyone has a taxidermist for a dad. Lawson shares her adolescent-and-beyond years in hilarious detail.

If you like warts-and-all memoirs in which an author reveals her most embarrassing moments in hilarious detail, then this is the memoir for you. Lawson, a Texas blogger mom, lets it all hang out for laughs.

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Oct 19, 2018

Absolutely hilarious!

Oct 14, 2018

I read this book in two sittings, neither of which (thankfully) were in a public place. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry as I made my way through her memories of family events and small town happenings. This is one of those books that you read and suddenly feel better about your own dysfunctional family!

Sep 25, 2018

This is the funniest thing I have ever read. I laughed out loud in public. In fact, I laughed out loud on public transit where no one dares laugh or even smile for fear of strangers spotting this as weakness and trying to approach you. I laughed so hard I cried and a man told me I was beautiful. I only told him my first name and we went to lunch. It didn’t work out with bus boy but I got free pad thai. Anyways, what I’m saying is this book will make you laugh and smile so hard your energy will be irresistible and others will be drawn to you. This book makes me happy - 5 stars!

Sep 03, 2018

Mostly entertaining stories of a blogger's unusual life, from childhood to present. Quirky and fun.

ylpladults Mar 06, 2018

The author writes about her traumatic life experiences and creates a funny memoir from them. You'll laugh out loud throughout the book; I know I did. Brace yourself for strong, sassy language.

Nov 02, 2017

What I enjoyed about this book were the chapters where the author took a break from trying so hard to be over-the-top quirky and instead detailed difficult situations where her anxiety was debilitating and showed how she dealt with it. That angle was compelling. She's skillful at adding humor at the right time to show how she manages through her painful experiences.

The rest of the book, OY! Yes, she's funny, but she tries waaay too hard to prove it. Toward the end, it was tedium. I'm all for weird and different. I love Sedaris and appreciate Burroughs but I found Lawson to be too loquacious.

MirandaJo Feb 05, 2017

This book is hilarious for readers that love awkward situations and people (I am one of those people!) It includes stories of her upbringing as well as her adult life that are laugh out loud. I love every strange encounter and situation Jenny Lawson gets herself into because her feelings are relatable even if the event is not. A great read!

DBRL_KrisA Dec 19, 2016

Warning: Jenny has a potty mouth. Which is fine with me, but I know a lot of people don't appreciate that.
This (sort of) memoir is somewhere between David Sedaris and Augustin Burroughs - easily as funny as both, and with vignettes of the same type of screwed-up childhood that both (especially Burroughs) experienced. There are a few slow spots, but there are several places in the book that made me laugh out loud. (In Subway.)

Nov 23, 2016

Don't really think it's a funny book even though she's trying so hard.
only the epilogue feels about right.

SirBenjOwen Apr 30, 2016

I am not one for spit takes but this book caused so much involuntary laughter from me, that I highly recommend having a mouth full of some sort of food or drink while reading "Let's Pretend This Never Happened." That way those around you can enjoy this book as much as you do.

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Apr 09, 2017

There's a very mean girl down the hall who's trying to get me fired. I'm no good with confrontation, so whenever I say, "Have a wonderful day," to her out loud, I'm really saying, "Be nice to me or I will stab you in the face with a fork," in my head. I wish her a wonderful day at least once an hour. She's starting to get paranoid and jumpy about it, but there's really nothing she can do, because she can't complain about me wishing her a wonderful day without sounding totally insane. This is why you should never mess with non-confrontational people. Because they're unstable to second-guess. And because they're totally the kind of people who would suddenly snap, and stab you in the face with a fork.

Apr 09, 2017

I want to thank everyone who helped me create this book, except for that guy who yelled at me in Kmart when I was eight because he thought I was being "too rowdy." You're an asshole, sir.

Apr 09, 2017

This book is a love letter to my family. It's about 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 who we are today. I've reserved the very best stories of my life for this book...to celebrate the strange, and to give thanks for the bizarre. Because you are defined not by life's imperfect moments, but by your reaction to them. And because there is joy in embracing - rather than running screaming from - the utter absurdity of life. I thank my family for teaching me that lesson. In spades.

Aug 08, 2015

My ag teacher told us once, years ago, a student was hanging a cotton-judging banner on the ag barn wall when he fell off of the ladder and landed on a broomstick, which went right up his rectum. This idea must have really stuck with my teacher, because he was forever warning us to be constantly vigilant of any stray brooms in the area before getting on a ladder

Aug 08, 2015

Druggies can be surprisingly judgmental. It's pretty much the only social circle where the same people you just witnessed shooting horse tranquilizers up one another's butts will actually look down at you for not being as cool as them.

Aug 08, 2015

My grandmother... was one of the sweetest and most patient women ever to grace the planet. ... (she) would describe Hitler as a "sad little man who probably didn't get hugged enough when he was little," and would say only of Satan, "I'm not a fan."

Aug 05, 2015

...but I'd convinced myself that girls are like small bears: cute to look at, but far too dangerous to have lunch with.

Aug 05, 2015

There are three types of people who choose a career in HR: sadistic ____ who were probably all tattletales in school, empathetic (and soon-to-be-disillusioned) idealists who think they can make a difference in the lives of others, and those who of us who stick around because it gives you the best view of all the most entertaining train wrecks happening in the rest of the company.

Aug 05, 2015

"I broke my arm in a cow's vagina" is not something you ever want to have to explain to anyone.

Aug 04, 2015

Most people have never stood inside a dead animal, unless you count that time when Luke Skywalker crawled inside that tauntaun to keep from freezing to death, which I don't, because Star Wars is not a documentary.

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Aug 05, 2015

A memoir detailing growing up in a small town with an eccentric father who partakes in taxidermy and animal rescue. Then continuing though the author's awkward teen and young adult years with plenty of wit and humour like no other.


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