Friday, July 26, 2013

What I'm Reading: Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

I know, I know….I am woefully behind on keeping What I’m Reading up to date. Sorry peeps. It’s been that kind of summer. BUT, I have been reading. I’m currently reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn but let’s travel back in time for the other two book reviews I owe you.

In May, I read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson. Lawson is pretty famous on the web (with over 2 million page views a month) but I was in the dark about her until I saw a review of her book and decided to pick it up. A chapter in, I was wondering how the hell I missed her.  By the end…well, you know how you feel when summer camp is over and you have to say good bye to your friends? You barely knew them a month before but now the thought of not talking to them every day crushes you? Yeah, that pretty much describes it. I was stoked for the bonus chapter at the end of the book and then it was over. What’s a girl to do? Find The Bloggess and start reading, of course, which I guess is sort of the point.

The book is a collection of “mostly true” stories highlighting momentous times (whether good or shockingly horrible) in Lawson’s life. The early stories in the book recount her childhood in “violently rural” Wall, Texas.  I laughed my way through stories of her father’s antics with animals (both alive and dead), her and her sister’s matching bread bag shoes and that Mutherf’er Jenkins. Then, the stories, while still hilarious, took a serious turn. Lawson peels back the layers and invites you into her battles with anorexia, anxiety, pregnancy and rheumatoid arthritis. Though funny, the deeply personal bent of the stories really struck a cord—especially those about her RA given my own struggle with lupus.  She also takes you behind the curtain and into her marriage. Most people walk away saying her husband is a saint. I’d have to agree based on some of the stories but I think he’s also pretty lucky. It is clear she loves him like crazy.

The book is a crazy ride through a beautiful and twisted mind. You will laugh until you cry and cry until you laugh all in the space of a few pages. This is the book that makes you want to share the stories with friends. “Did I tell you about the time she fell into a deer carcass?” “What about the Halloween fiasco?”

Ok—I will stop giving away the book and just say I highly recommend Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir).  It’s so good, you’ll want to rush out and buy Jenny Lawson a taxidermied critter in a tuxedo and top hat. Sound crazy? It is. Now stop judging and go get the book. In case you missed it above, you can find Jenny Lawson's blog here

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