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Review: Let's Pretend This Never Happened



A Funny Book: Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson



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.



I picked this book up because I have wanted to read it forever and I needed a “to read at work” book. As in, this is the book I bring into work to read on breaks. It took me a long time to read it, since I’d only get one or two 5-10 minutes reading sessions in per shift. And some of my coworkers were giving me a hard time about how long it took me (jerks), but there was a reason I bought the book and I decided to stick with it.

Anyway, I loved this book. Better than the blog posts that I love. I laughed out loud at every paragraph (getting some odd looks from coworkers, but I’ve decided to ignore them). Except the sad paragraphs, I didn’t laugh there. That’d be mean. I think I loved the Barnaby Jones character the most.

It was totally worth the $5.47 bargain price (plus employee discount) I paid for it.

(Seriously, loved this book, I plan to leave it at the family cabin so that other people can pick it up randomly and be amused/horrified, depending on which family member it is.)


Rating: A+



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Free Square A Book Set on a Different Continent
A Book of Non Fiction
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page.

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
castmeaway
May. 26th, 2014 03:01 am (UTC)
Can I give you book recs? I can rec books all damn day!
jkivela
May. 27th, 2014 01:15 pm (UTC)
Part of the goal of this is to get through my TBR pile, but I'm always happy to add to it as well :)

Feel free to suggest books and if they are easy for me to get I'm game.
wenhaver
May. 28th, 2014 03:58 pm (UTC)
I loved this book. In fact, I have that and Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half book both sitting on my desk at work, between my phone and my Giant Fuzzy Mustache. People wander over, grab one of them, read a chapter, laugh, and wander away. It's my public service for the office.
jkivela
May. 28th, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I want to pick up Allie's book too, the parts I've read of it (online and sneaking at work) look great.
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