Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson

Title: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
Author: Jenny Lawson
Read by: Jenny Lawson
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Length: Approximately 8 ½ hours (7 CDs)
Source: Penguin Audio Review Copy – Thank-you!

I’ll admit that I have never read Jenny Lawson’s blog, but after listening to her laugh out loud memoir, I definitely need to check it out. This audiobook was really fun to listen to, especially as the author herself really made it a great experience. She had fun music and sound effects at the beginning of each chapter, which included her singing the titles. She also addressed the audience and the fact that it was an audiobook several times, which I enjoyed.

Jenny Lawson’s memoir includes her rural upbringing in Texas by her taxidermist father. His ideas of great “surprises” for his two daughters left something to be desired. I laughed out loud when his granddaughter eventually brought the joke back around to Grandpa. Lawson’s memoir is hilarious because she just tells everything the way she sees it, including her inability to tell appropriate stories at parties and her love for taxidermied animals in strange costumes. It was weird and very, very funny.

Overall, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened was a fantastically hilarious audiobook, and I highly recommend it.


  1. I was wondering about this one, glad to hear it was good.

  2. A friend of mine also recommended it to me, though she did warn me about listening in front of the kids. Think I'll listen for myself on the weekend...I see it's one of the books being reviewed on bookreportradio(dot)com. They usually play an excerpt from the audio books too, which is great, cause not every narrator is my cup of tea. The show is actually a radio show, but I'm not in any of the 9 or so cities it's aired in, so I stream it from the site's archives the following week. If at all in doubt, maybe you should listen to the show.
    Thanks for the positive feedback!

  3. I agree - it is definitely not a book to listen to in front of your kids! I've ever heard of bookreportradio(dot)com, I need to check this out!