It’s been a long time since I laughed out loud at a book, but then again, I guess I haven’t read many books as hilariously charming as Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.
I put this one on my Amazon Wish-List when it first debuted, and jumped at the chance to read it for review. Suffice it to say, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened did not disappoint.
Lawson’s journey begins in a small town in Texas, where her father owns a taxidermy shop and frequently torments Lawson and her sister with dead animals. Hilarious! As someone who grew up in a small town in Michigan, I can relate to her farm anecdotes. Swam in a ditch? I’ve been there! Played in an inappropriate place? Definitely. (Mom, why did you let me go over to friends’ houses if they were FARMS?)
As Lawson continues her memoir, I can’t help but relate to her strange life. True, it’s nothing like my life, but her wild and wicked sense of humor bridges the gaps easily. Her self-depreciating tone never wears thin or rings false - she is a fine example of an original and modern voice.
And that’s why you’ll love this book - Lawson is real, funny, and someone you wish you could get coffee with and hear her stories in person. And see her collection of taxidermy animals. I never knew I wanted a dead mouse dressed up as Hamlet, but Lawson makes it sound adorable, charming and almost normal.