Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson is a self-described mostly-true memoir whose title is begging to be left on the shelf, and reader, I suggest you do exactly that. There are a few laugh-out-loud moments, and I use the word moment pretty loosely. It’s more like she accidentally strung a few genuinely funny words together after trying so desperately to prove to us all that she is just so weird, so funny, and so unique. There is an attempt at self-deprecation that any […]
A HUGE thank you to Caitlin for my incredible Book Exchange gifts! These books are such a good representation of me in this moment. The interactive Jenny Lawson book, the next Amanda Lovelace collection (my favorite contemporary poet) and one of Carrie Fisher’s incredible books – just in time for the final Skywalker Saga Star Wars film! I can’t wait to get reading on all of these. Happy holidays, y’all!
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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]
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, […]