Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)—Mostly Funny, Sometimes Sad

Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson the bloggess book cover
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson

Let’s Pretend this Never Happened is the memoir of Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess. It’s an irreverent and delightful, at least to me, look into a life even weirder than my own. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is Jenny’s first book and contains stories of her childhood, youth, and some from adulthood. It is, like her second book, a look at all the fucked up in life and finding the humor in it.

1—Things You Shouldn’t Laugh At But Will Anyway

Things like Stanley, the Magical Talking Squirrel (I won’t spoil the surprise on that story), or getting your arm stuck up a cow’s vagina (it makes sense in context). Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is made of these moments. Moments of extremely awkward conversation at parties, or the results of taking too much laxative. They’re funny because Jenny invites us to laugh with her about them.

2—Depressing but Necessary

There are some intensely personal stories in here, like Jenny’s trials with multiple miscarriages and eventual pregnancy, and her battle with physical and mental illnesses. It’s important to talk about these things, to normalize them, because they are normal. There’s no shame, or at least there shouldn’t be, in any of this. There are so many things beyond out control in life, and sometimes our bodies are one of those things.

Conclusion

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened was so much fun. There’s themes of family and home running through it, and just getting through life. There’s making new friends and saying goodbye to old. Definitely recommended.

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