I may have squealed a little when I opened the mailbox on Thursday to find Let’s Pretend This Never Happened in my mailbox. This is the much-anticipated first book by Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess. (Check out her website, her book info page, and my interview with her.)
Luckily, the book lived up to expectations. In it, Jenny shares her crazy childhood growing up in a small town in west Texas, her struggles with mental illness, her relationship ups and downs, and more. You may open this book expecting humor, and it’s there in spades, but it’s also so much more. I have to warn you, if you are a crier, you are going to cry at points when you read this book. Some stories are humorous, some are bizarre and humorous, some are poignant and humorous, and some are poignant and heartbreaking. So be prepared — your belly will ache from laughing and your head may hurt from trying not to cry. Of course, some of the crying may come from laughing so much.
My absolute favorite chapter of this book, where I literally had to put it down for a minute and wait till I finished laughing because I was laughing so hard that my eyes wouldn’t stay open enough to read the page, was the chapter “Stanley, the Magical Talking Squirrel.” Seriously, go pee before you read this chapter so nothing embarrassing happens, because you will laugh that much.
Jenny Lawson does often go places that most people would never dream of going (which you probably know if you read her blog), so she puts this warning in the introduction,
[…] I apologize in advance […] for offending you, because you’re going to get halfway through this book, […] and you’ll feel superior to all the uptight, easily offended people who need to learn how to take a fucking joke, but then somewhere in here you’ll read one random thing that you’re sensitive about, and everyone else will think it’s hysterical, but you’ll think, “Oh, that is way over the line.”
For longtime readers of The Bloggess, a few of the stories will be familiar, but they’re still funny. Most of the book, however, is new or told in a different way than it is told on her blog, so it’s well worth the read.
If you’re in Texas or Coral Gables, FL, she may be on tour in your area between April 23-28!
Related: The Bloggess Interview