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Something Like a Review – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

From moment one, I was enchanted with Jenny Lawson’s unique voice. And not just the sound of her voice, but her manner of writing. Not that she has a bad voice, mind you, because she doesn’t – and you can listen to the audiobook as proof!

I devoured this audiobook on my daily commute, giggling all the way to work most mornings. That in itself is a feat given the crazy people on the road and my general lack of complete caffeination before 9am. When I met her at a reading she did in Concord, NC, I had the opportunity to tell her that she had done the impossible – made me look forward to and ENJOY going to work. She probably thought I was one of those crazy fans, but I wasn’t crazy enough to show up with a big metal chicken, just crazy enough to NEED to have her book on my shelf, preferably with her signature.

What I enjoy most about the way Lawson writes is her sense of humor. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should. Consider it a free preview of the antics you’ll find in this book, and if you find yourself making your own wine slushees, having amusing and imagining your own hilarious and ridiculous fights with Victor and dreaming up imaginary friends for people who lack imagination, then suck it up and go lay out the cash to buy the book. You won’t regret it.

Well, you might. As Lawson points out in the introductory disclaimer,

Did you notice how, like, half  of this introduction was a rambling parenthetical? That shit is going to happen all the time. I apologize in advance for that, and also for offending you, because you’re going to get halfway through this book and giggle at non sequiturs about Hitler and abortion and poverty, and you’ll feel superior to all the uptight, easily offended people who need to learn how to take a fucking joke, but then somewhere in here you’ll read one random thing that you’re sensitive about, and everyone else will think it’s hysterical, but you’ll think, “Oh that is way over the line.” I apologize for that one thing. Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking.

Introduction, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

What was most endearing about this book is Lawson’s honesty. From discussions about growing up poor, depression and miscarriage, she manages to find humor in the horrible, delight in the macabre (without spoiling, I’ll give a one word explanation: taxidermy) and the positive message through it all that “hey, I came out just fine and smiling. Most days. But this shit is funny, y’all.” And you discover, almost against your will, that yeah, it is. It might not make you an optimist, but it made me look a little harder for the humor in it all. If you’re not laughing, you’re crying, and laughing burns more calories. It can’t hurt to try to shed a few pounds that way, can it?

Medium: Audiobook from Audible.com

Other: Multiple formats available from Amazon.com

Overall rating: 5 stars – the whole freaking arsenal of them.

Potential re-read?:Absolutely. Without question. Not even “potential,” but more a question of when. Everyone needs to have something they can turn to for a good laugh when things just seem bleak, and this is one of those things for me. Also Katt Williams, but for other reasons.

Dead-tree worthy?: Without question. Bonus points for an author-graph! 😉

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