Book Review: "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" Is Refreshingly Honest, Yet Incredibly Bizarre
"Let's Pretend This Never Happened" take us deep into the recesses of Jenny's mind as she reflects upon her life thus far. It's a disturbing place -- full of swear words, social anxiety, and irrational fears about the world.
All of us have struggled with awkwardness at some point in our respective lives. But Jenny's predicament is something else entirely. Her thoughts, frankly, are bizarre, and had things turned out even slightly differently, she probably would have become a serial killer.
Luckily, the miracle of the Internet means she's got a healthy outlet -- her blog, The Bloggess.com, which receives hundreds of thousands of hits per month. Her words would be disturbingly scary if they weren't written with a kind of gleefully irreverent self-deprication.
Jenny's vagina is never far from her mind, and she's constantly thinking about it, analyzing her relationship to it, and referencing it at polite dinner parties. Do all women think like this? Hopefully not. But Jenny's tens of thousands of Twitter followers and Facebook fans indicate that her zany sense of humor is immensely popular -- vagina and all.
If you're not a Jenny Lawson fan, then this isn't the book for you. Her stream-of-consciousness writing style is full of never-ending run-on sentences, confusing non-sequitors, and completely unnecessary tangents. At times, it is impossible to follow, and you find yourself skipping to the end of paragraphs just to save yourself a migraine. That doesn't mean she isn't funny -- she is. But why buy this book when access to her wit is free, through her blog?
If you are a Jenny Lawson fan, on the other hand, then you need this book. Because beneath all the vagina references and excruciating anecdotes is a refreshingly honest memoir about the trials, terrors, and tears of growing up. It's not easy, becoming an adult. But that doesn't mean it can't be fun.
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