Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a memoir of sorts by Jenny Lawson, also known as The Blogess. Told in a non-linear fashion, it features stories from her childhood and stories from her marriage. It also includes conversations Lawson’s had with her husband, sister, and others, as well as diary type entries and notes she’s written to her husband. Written in Lawson’s breezy, irreverent, and somewhat bawdy style, the book is a quick read.
Lawson had quite a childhood. Shy and occasionally anxious, she grew up in Texas with her taxidermist father, cafeteria worker mother, and younger sister. Money was tight but for the most part, they were happy. Her father’s taxidermy business was right next to their house and he was always dragging dead animals home, so there was never a dull moment for the girls.
I was drawn to this book from the start and found it laugh out loud funny but, for me, it started to lose steam about half way through the book. Lawson’s trademark, if you will, is that outrageous things happen to her and it seemed she ran out of things to write about, so she had to create drama, and things started to feel a little forced to me.
I really wanted to love Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – a memoir written by a blogger seemed like a perfect combination to me – but I ended up just liking it. Lawson’s conversational writing is entertaining and humorous and also quite crude. I think I must be too old for it, because I’m definitely in the minority here, but, after a while, it grew old. I also didn’t appreciate the way Lawson and her husband spoke to each other – I found it mean-spirited rather than funny.
I think I might have enjoyed the book more if I’d read it in short bursts, much like you would a blog. Even though I didn’t love Let’s Pretend This Never Happened I think fans of Lawson’s blog will.
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