Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson “In short? It is exhausting being me. Pretending to be normal is draining and requires amazing amounts of energy and Xanax.” Jenny Lawson, the Bloggess, is one of the most relateable and funny women to come out of the blog craze of the early aughts. Her debut novel, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, is a hysterical and poignant look at living with mental illness. But Jenny’s life isn’t just about managing her anxiety, OCD and depression. She has an intelligent partnership with her husband, Victor, and after years or fertility […]
I originally bout Jenny Lawson’s You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds for one of my sisters. And then kind of ‘forgot’ to give it to her. Not really – I did, eventually give it to her. It was just a pre-read (and now, dutifully reviewed), pre-notated copy. She seemed to enjoy the parts I highlighted for her, the things I thought she should pay especial attention to, the parts I really needed her to hear/see/KNOW, so no harm, no foul. I couldn’t resist underlining and circling, starring and drawing little purple hearts at the parts I felt fit her/us […]
Yeah, I read it again. Actually, I listened to the audio book because the only thing more fun than reading Jenny Lawson’s stories is listening to her tell them. And it happened to be available as I was boarding a plane to rush out of town for a family emergency, so that seemed to be good timing for a little comfort reading. “Because you are defined not by life’s imperfect moments, but by your reaction to them. And because there is joy in embracing – rather than running from – the utter absurdity of life.” Absurdity is the name of […]
CBR10BINGO: Cover Art I read through Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happy in a few days, and honestly, not much of it stuck with me. Most of it was just too stream-of-consciousness and aggressively whimsical for my taste, and I found myself tuning out whole chapters, skimming over the parts that felt empty of meaning other than how self-consciously “crazy” someone can act. These parts rang false, much like those reality show contestants who do nothing but mug for the camera and show off for each other, more interested in creating a persona than letting any real personality peek through. That’s unfortunate, […]
I’m going to be the cheese that stands alone on this one, and I’m ok with that but I thought I should warn you. I know this is a much beloved book by many Cannonballers however, I find myself extremely underwhelmed by it. A large resounding meh is about all I can work up for it, and if I’m honest for The Bloggess and her blog. Which is probably an indication that this book really wasn’t for me in the first place. So yes, this is a collection of essays from Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, and they’re all over […]
I am not 100% sure how to rate or review this book so prepare yourselves for a bit of a ramble. I also don’t know why I decided to read Jenny Lawson’s second book before her first, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. But, I had added Furiously Happy to my to read list, someone suggested the author narrated version since it has a bonus chapter, I have an audible subscription, and here we are. I have depression, and usually I keep it on the ropes with skills I’ve accrued over the years at therapy and learning how my system works. […]
For anyone not familiar with Jenny Lawson, she is an internet blogger who goes by “The Bloggess.” She’s known for getting a picture of Wil Wheaton collating paper, surprising her husband with a giant metal chicken named Beyonce, and for talking about her struggles with depression and anxiety. I credit her with one of my favorite quotes, “depression lies.” Furiously Happy is Jenny Lawson’s second book, giving readers a glimpse into her life as a blogger with often crippling anxiety and depression. And it is funny as anything I’ve ever read. I started reading Furiously Happy in the middle of […]
I’ve heard of The Bloggess, and I’ve even read a smattering of posts over the years. I’d heard that she was publishing a memoir, and I heard it was funny. It’s been languishing on my to-read list for years, until Malin graciously gifted it to me last year. Thanks to that gentle push forward, I finally cracked it open this year, and oh, boy, was it ever a treat. You can find the full review on my blog.