Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) is one of the funniest people writing today, in any format, and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) is laugh-out-loud funny. I’d read her blog and so had very high expectations for her book. She surpassed them. I can’t help smiling just looking at her book and I defy you to read it and not laugh out loud.
Jenny is awkward and strange and bizarre and wonderful. Whether it be talking about dead dogs, vaginas, or puppets made of squirrel corpses. This book invites you into her childhood and adult life to show you all the unbelievable things that went into making her the woman she is today. The way she handles all the adversity that has been thrown at her and managed to become the person she is today is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.
Sometimes lost in the oddity that is her daily life is what a gifted storyteller she is. I suspect it’s as much natural talent as it is honed ability, but her stories paint a picture that highlight both the absurdity and the hilarity. It is also an extremely open and honest look inside the thought process of a very odd and funny woman. I have so much admiration for her ability to share deeply personal details and the courage it takes to be that vulnerable.
Comparisons to David Sedaris are understandable and not inappropriate, but Jenny is a unique voice. I’m so glad she wrote this book and I hope it’s the first of many.
Buy your friends this book and make them read it, because you won’t be able to explain it to them without breaking down in uncontrollable laughter.