- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (5 March 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425261018
- ISBN-13: 978-0425261019
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 20.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir Paperback – 5 Mar 2013
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“Really funny.”—Reese Witherspoon
“Even when I was funny, I wasn’t this funny.”—Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors and This Is How
“Lawson’s self-deprecating humor is not only gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate; it allows her to speak…in a real and raw way.”—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Fucked up in the best possible way. Adorably offensive.”—Jesus*
“Jenny Lawson is hilarious, snarky, witty, totally inappropriate, and ‘Like Mother Teresa, Only Better.’”—Marie Claire
“[Lawson] writes with a rambling irreverence that makes you wish she were your best friend.”—Entertainment Weekly
“The funniest memoir ever about a talking squirrel, anxiety disorder, couch etiquette, and more. Believe us, Lawson is hilarious.” —Ladies’ Home Journal
“GET READY. Jenny has such a disturbing, ill-mannered, rich sense of humor you will wonder, ‘Am I the sick one for laughing?’ Everyone I gave the book to confirmed: We must all be sick, because this book IS HYSTERICAL...and yet it was also strangely touching at times. It’s one of my favorite books in the past five years.”—Kathryn Stockett, # 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Help
“Funny, raunchy, and unexpectedly uplifting…Let’s Pretend will leave you hoping that Lawson’s next book happens and soon.”—People
“Take one part David Sedaris and two parts Chelsea Handler and you’ll have some inkling of the cockeyed humor of Jenny Lawson…[She] flaunts the sort of fearless comedic chops that will make you spurt Diet Coke through your nose.”—Parade
*Jesus is the author’s hairdresser. You can tell him apart from that other Jesus because they pronounce their names differently.
About the Author
Known for her sardonic wit and her hysterically skewed outlook on life, Jenny Lawson has made millions of people question their own sanity, as they found themselves admitting that they, too, often wondered why Jesus wasn’t classified as a zombie, or laughed to the point of bladder failure when she accidentally forgot that she mailed herself a cobra. Lawson’s blog (TheBloggess.com) is award-winning and extremely popular, and she is considered one of the funniest writers of our generation by at least three or four people.See all Product description
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So when the book started out, it seemed a bit forced. But as she eased into the later chapters her style really grows on you.
Without really giving much away; I found some of it very touching and authentic, and could relate to that incessant internal dialogue and living inside my head.
Read it, you'll enjoy it.
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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.
So of course I had to buy her other book that predated that one. And so I did, and I read it and I laughed and laughed, but not quite as much as I did with the other one. I’m not sure if that is chalked up to laughing fatigue or if the newer one is really better.
I think it comes down to a couple of things. This one is more real. Where Furiousley Happy is a bit more light-hearted, this speaks directly to the author’s mental illness(s), and it makes it a bit harder to laugh with/at her. The second is that there is a good chance that she found her voice and is more confident with it.
Neither of which is to denigrate this book. It is still funny and fun to read and I am going to pass it on to my friends. But when I do, I’ll just have to say how much the other one is better when they give this back to me with a smile on their face.
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