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Let's Pretend This Never Happened

A Mostly True Memoir
Written by: Jenny Lawson
Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Humor, 2013

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 Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes listeners 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 "And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane".

©2012 Jenny Lawson (P)2012 Penguin

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it got worse as it went on

don't. just don't bother.
and that bonus chapter? I want to drive head first into the next semi that came the opposite direction.

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Not a Fan

I was not a fan of this book, I realized half way through it's not my genre I like to read.

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Heartwarming and funny

I have more appreciation for the struggles many experience with mental illness and enjoyed laughing with the author, in spite of herself. I thoroughly enjoyed both of her books.

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A Must Read for any one with anxiety or depression

this is a must-read for anybody with anxiety or depression. It's not often that you find great books about either subject, and to find one that actually approaches it with a sense of the seriousness and humor is a Dimond in a sea of negativity. I love Jenny! She is my new God, and so are raccoons... And so are squirrels. #Audible1

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So awesome and funny

Literally the funniest book I have every listened too. Even if you have read the book, you really need to listen to the audio version!

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Really good story

I taught it was a humoristic show, but it's a memoir, really good taugh. If you wanna hear someone story and laugh, go ahead!

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I coudn't stop laughing!

I couldn't stop laughing! I found Jenny Lawson's books a few years after I was diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and a panic disorder.
I got to laugh about my own struggles after listening to hers. imagining the scene in your head is easy with the way she tells her story!
Listen to this book before you listen to furiously happy

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Amazing!

So great! I have listen to it multiple times now! Highly recommend! Very entertaining. Jenny is the best.

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Literally the funniest book I've ever read

A coworker friend had suggested this one, and when I realized who the author was (I used to read her blog occasionally) and also that she's from a small town not far from where I grew up, that sealed the deal. The book is hysterical, and every person I've recommended it to or bought it for has loved it.

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If vocal fry bothers you...

Skip this audio book. I think I read a review that mentioned this was similar to The Glass Castle - not even in the same league.

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  • D. S. Smith
  • Dallas, Texas
  • 2012-05-19

How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!

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Oh, I do so adore The Bloggess! She has the most amazingly twisted and wonderful way of looking at the world that I’ve ever encountered. And since the audiobook is narrated by the woman herself, it makes the book that much better. She swears! She screams! She has silly asides! And to cap it all off, she has out-takes at the end! My only problem listening to this book is that I listen while I’m driving (I should have known better, probably), and there were several times I feared for my life, driving down the road with tears streaming, face contorted in laughter, afraid I’d crash the car at any moment. She’s just that damned funny. BUY THIS AUDIOBOOK!

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  • BostonMom
  • Needham, MA, United States
  • 2012-04-29

Actually, not for fans of Sedaris and Fey

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I *really* wanted to like this book. Maybe diehard devotees of Jenny Lawson's blog might like it more than I. I thought some of her essays were great, but couldn't stand an entire book of her. It was just... too forced.

Has Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jenny Lawson’s performances?

Probably not.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

I would have trimmed a lot from the book as a whole. Jenny is witty and touching, but her sarcasm and schtick wore thin on me after the first half of the book. Her journey of self-awareness feels contrived and forced--- as if her editor told her that she had to summarize what she learned and how she grew from each anecdote. Her essay about miscarriage and living with chronic illness was really powerful and moving. Her father is fascinating, as is her upbringing. I would have liked to hear more about her parents.

And whoever told her to SING the chapter titles should be fired. That was just cringe-inducing.

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  • colleen
  • ANCHORAGE, AK, United States
  • 2012-04-18

Brand new fan

Super fun, bright and refreshing. Jenny Lawson is like your best friend/alter ego with no filter, ADHD and a blogging problem who says the things that you are embarrassed to even think about. I loved every minute of it.

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  • Q.
  • 2012-04-17

Like Mother Teresa, but better!

If you could sum up Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) in three words, what would they be?

Unicorn Success Club

What was one of the most memorable moments of Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

I can recite the whole thing from memory.

Which character – as performed by Jenny Lawson – was your favorite?

I'm gonna have to go with her performance of Jenny Lawson, aka "the Bloggess." She nailed it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I'm actually legally dead, having died of laughter. In lieu of flowers, buy this book.

Any additional comments?

This book is funnier than the Bible.

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  • Richard
  • 2012-04-27

Cute story, light entertainment.

Jenny's no Sarah Vowell or Tina Fey but the story is an enjoyable romp through her life. Not a rib splitter but rather a light, easy story with some fun and humorous interludes. This is one of those books that I can't imagine being read by other than the author and Jenny does a fine job of narration. I'd give it a 3.5 overall if that were allowed.

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  • Rachel - Audible
  • New York, NY
  • 2017-10-17

I Was Totally Charmed By This Wacky Memoir

Jenny Lawson had me from the moment she started in on her rural Texas childhood with a demented taxidermist father and a mysterious "pet" called Stanley the Magical Squirrel. Anyone who's spent any time around a dysfunctional family will appreciate Jenny's harrowing tales of Thanksgiving disasters, rattlesnakes, bickering with her husband about zombies, and fending off vultures with a machete. I loved this on audio quite a bit more than in print; I was totally charmed by her wacky singing of chapter headings and her ad libbed demands for "more cowbell! This recording needs more cowbell!"

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  • Karin
  • 2013-03-19

Very Annoying to Listen To -- Skip It!

Would you try another book from Jenny Lawson and/or Jenny Lawson?

Maybe, but only in printed format.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some of the material would have been humorous in print (or if read by another narrator), but the author's reading just grated on me, to the point where I had to stop listening after 1 (very painful) hour. The F bombs didn't bother me at all, but she speaks like a teenager, in terms of her vocal inflection. For example, she ends many statements as if they were questions, which I found highly irritating. And it just sounds like she is trying way way too hard to be funny and clever. She is NO David Sedaris by any means.

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  • heidikeala
  • Lancaster, Ohio, United States
  • 2012-12-06

Dont buy! Teenage level thoughts and voice. Waste!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Adult perspective and storytelling abilities on her good childhood stories.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The characters from her childhood could make a good story if their stories were told by someone who could tell a good story. She sounded like an immature, disrespectful, ungrateful 14-year-old bitching about her life. Listening to this is more annoying than entertaining. It's like someone knew she had good stories and told her she should write a book. She should have hired a writer.

How could the performance have been better?

Had a more advanced narrator and a different book.

What character would you cut from Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

Jenny Lawson

Any additional comments?

Not worth publishing!!!!! $20 I'll never see again! Big disappointment.

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  • Mary Kuli
  • 2012-08-21

So Very Funny!

If you could sum up Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) in three words, what would they be?

A must read!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

Jenny Lawson's reading of her own memoir.

What about Jenny Lawson???s performance did you like?

The best part of the audio book was listening to her reading it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me laugh constantly.

Any additional comments?

Zany family stories that give the reader a glimpse into the authors life but more importantly, it made me laugh out loud.

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  • Whitesage
  • 2013-04-12

OMG! Do NOT drive your car while listening!!

What made the experience of listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) the most enjoyable?

The performance of the narrator is fantastic and so is the story line.
It's funny LOL, so much so tears were flowing and a tragic story, one that is all to familiar (well somewhat). I loved it so much, I bought copies for my friends and family.

Thank you for your witty story and voice to tell this. Much appreciated.

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