Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Let's Pretend This Never Happened Summary

The #1 New York Times bestselling (mostly true) memoir from the hilarious author of Furiously Happy.

“Gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.

In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives.

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Book Reviews


Let’s Pretend This Never Happened2 star

Much as I dislike leaving a negative review, I think there needs to be another perspective since there are so many positive reviews for this book. I just didn’t care for the style of writing and the humor wasn’t funny to me. I made it 90 pages into the story and just had to stop. I think this is one of those books that just doesn’t suit everyone, but obviously many people loved it!25

lady Malaki

Fantastic book5 star

I read a lot and this was the first book that I actually laughed out loud ! Easy to relate to and enjoy !55


Lots of laughs!5 star

This book truly made me laugh out loud several times. I love the writer’s casual but witty writing style, and the way she goes off on hilarious tangents reminds me of several of my own conversations with friends. Sometimes we need to just read something that makes us smile, and this book doesn’t disappoint.55

Vicky Poutas

Let's Pretend This Didn't Happen5 star

I stayed up all night listening to this audiobook. It was so funny, I had to look up her other books, and subscriber to her blog. Some of the stories were so funny I almost peed myself. And it's so refreshing when mental illness is treated as it should be, openly and honestly with humor.55


Fragmented2 star

This is more a collection of anecdotes than a coherent narrative. It is funnier in small doses. Author does record potentially painful memories and uses humor to defuse them, which is very courageous. However, her style of constantly stating and then retracting information wears thin after the first couple of chapters. Wish I had just read her blog instead.25

Red Raven617

I wanted to love it3 star

But I didn't. There were hysterically funny parts that made me laugh wildly. There were many times I just lost track and lost interest. In fact I don't think I actually finished reading the book. I've read an excerpt from her new book and was really amused, which is why I read this one first. But honestly, now I'm not so sure.35

This is my third try

Best book ever5 star

I read this book completely on a whim an loved every minute of it. I smiled and laughed the whole time. It's very well written, with entertaining subject matter. You ever won't a book that you just can't put down buy this. Trust me you won't regret it.55


Wonderful book5 star

This book was such an amazing read I had a hard time putting this book down!!!55


Loved it5 star

I can appreciated her warped sense of humor. One of the funniest books I have read.55


Yawn2 star

Yes, this book has some funny passages but it rambles on and on making it easy to get lost in the thought. It would be far funnier if the author didn't try so darn hard. I gave up after reading the first two chapters.25

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