Book Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (Jenny Lawson)

A couple weeks ago I promised a quick review of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir).


This book was an absolute riot. There were chapters that actually caused me to laugh out loud – alone in my room – to the point where I had tears running down my face. How often does that happen?! At the same time, there was an underlaying honesty that made it so personal. As Lawson shares her struggles you want to cheer her on; you can’t help but adore her quirkiness, sincerity, and razor sharp wit.

Keeping with my usual theme, I would like to share a couple lessons that were highlighted by this book.

What I loved about this book was the way that nothing was held back, which makes it very relatable. There’s no denying that Lawson has experienced some seriously messed up shit, but reading about it really puts your own struggles into perspective.

Lawson’s story reminds me that we all have those moments or events that truly shape us as a person. It reminds me that I should extend the same understanding that I have for close friends and family to others. I am also reminded me:

“You are not defined by your life’s imperfect moments, but your reaction to them.” – Jenny Lawson

Through a series of seemingly-unrelated stories, Lawson shares lessons about enjoying the life that you have and loving every unique experience that you encounter.

This is the kind of book that I would share only with my closest friends due to its unusual content – taxidermy, foul language, and undeniably adult-only descriptions. However, I think that anyone who has ever been a little bit of an outcast will find a glimmer of themselves in Lawson’s elaborate prose.

Provided they aren’t easily offended.

Have you read Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened?

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (Jenny Lawson)

  1. I also loved this book: grabbed it when it first came out and read it straight away! I kind of wish I hadn’t read it, so I could read it again for the first time.

    1. I absolutely agree! I keep catching myself reading it aloud to unsuspecting friends and family – it really loses a lot of it’s entertainment value when you’re snorting with laughter and choking out the finny parts.

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