I can’t say when I discovered The Bloggess, because I honestly don’t remember. It was sometime in 2012. The “how” remains a mystery, but I think it had something to do with a taxidermy miniature horse she named “Pony Danza.” (Don’t question my Google searches). Anyhoo, after reading through nearly her entire blog when I probably should have been doing something else, I thought, (in a totally not creepy or OCD kind of way), “Hey! She wrote a book! I’ll read that too!”
Enter “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir,” which hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list its first week out. Woot!
I’m a fan of memoirs and until reading “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened,” my favorite was Haven Kimmel’s “A Girl Named Zippy.” “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” is the debut book from The Bloggess herself, Jenny Lawson. If you’ve read her blog then it would come as no surprise how touching and refreshingly honest “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” is. From her beginnings in a small Texas town as the daughter of a local taxidermist father and a very tolerant mother, to college, marriage, motherhood, and the fine art of hiding in the bathroom to avoid social functions, there’s no holding back. Ms. Lawson’s candid revelations of her struggles with mental illness are not only touching, but inspirational. She ignores the stigmas associated with depression and anxiety, and reminds the reader that hey, we’re all human. Without those things she wouldn’t be who she is today and “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”, wouldn’t be as awesome. To put it simply, she says what we’re all thinking, but are too chicken to say…or laugh at, and makes it OK.
There’s a great summary (which I think is actually the jacket cover of the book, but I’m not sure since I read it on an e-reader) HERE. I would copy and paste what it says, but then I’d have to ask for permission from Jenny Lawson, and I’m not past the nervous fangirl stage yet to write a cohesive e-mail that wouldn’t leave her thinking I was an idiot or a monkey with a laptop, so click the link instead. It’ll take two seconds. I promise. Unless you’re a slow reader. Then it will take longer and I’m sorry.
Written in a stream of consciousness style, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir” doesn’t take long to draw you in. Like The Bloggess, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” reads more like a chat with a close friend than it does a book, which makes it very hard to put down. That being said, when you DO put it down to do laundry, let the dogs out, or, you know, work… it’s incredibly easy to pick it up and fall back into a comfortable rhythm. There’s no trying to remember what you already read, or flow-charts to keep things straight. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” is as straight-forward as books come. She even tells you what parts aren’t true (hence the “Mostly True” part of the title). You don’t even have to guess! How easy is that?
So for a fun and thoughtful read that makes far more sense than this review, check out “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir.” It’s available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Target, and pretty much anywhere you can buy books. And don’t forget to check out where it all started: The Bloggess.