Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson



ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

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.

MY REVIEW:

Jenny Lawson is a blogger (a.k.a. The Bloggess) who left her job in HR to see if she could write a book. Let's Pretend This Never Happened is that product of that endeavor. It is a collection of "mostly true" stories from Jenny's life -- from hilarious stories of growing up in Texas with a father who was a taxidermist and unbelievable tales from her years of working in HR to her very real struggles with multiple miscarriages, an eating disorder and depression.

Whether or not her stories are completely true, some will make you laugh out loud and a few may even make you cry. I enjoy humor books and thought this was definitely worth the read even though there were a few times where it felt a little bit rambly.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened is definitely not for you if you are offended by language.