I am pretty sure Jenny Lawson is trying to kill me. You guys, I made the mistake of listening to the audiobook of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened while eating some Nutella and toast, and y’all, I started laughing so hard that I almost choked. HOLY SHIT, so funny. So here is a warning from me to you, don’t eat and listen to Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, you might accidentally choke or snort out some wine.
If you are an audiobook virgin and are not offended by swears or drugs you need to lose your ear virginity to Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I can’t really discuss plot, because there isn’t one. The book is kind of ADD and all over the place, with asides and events, but it totally works. We get a peak at the inside of Lawson’s head and while it’s not pretty, it’s tangent filled and kind of awesome.
We learn about Jenny Lawson grew up poor in West Texas and wore bread sack shoes and had all sorts of animals roaming around her house. We learn that her dad was a taxidermist and she did not have an average childhood by any means. Then the book goes into other bits of her life, including the part I laughed so hard I choked on my food – when she’s talking about buying a taxidermied alligator and brings it through airport security. I can’t even handle thinking about it, it makes me want to laugh like a loon. But, also there are moments of pathos sprinkled throughout, adding a serious humanizing touch to some of the chapters.
The audio is produced by Penguin Audio. It is 8 hours and 41 minutes and legitimately flies by quickly. It is narrated by Jenny Lawson who does a superb job and sounds like she’s conversing with you. My one criticism of the audiobook is the singing of the chapter titles, I thought that was pretty distracting and annoying. If you are looking to read book filled with unique personality, rambling asides and bizarre experiences check out Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Seriously I am converted. I will buy whatever book Jenny Lawson comes out with next because I had such a great experience listening to this audiobook.
Disclosure: Purchased with my Audible credit.
Other reviews of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson:
The Readventurer – “I am certain that many of Lawson’s stories will stick with me for a long time”
Devourer Of Books – “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is, in short, hilarious.”