Saturday, May 25, 2013

Book Review: Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True MemoirLet's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have both the hardcover and audible versions of this book. I listened to Jenny read her book (is there anything better than an author SINGING chapter titles?) while driving to and from visiting my father in Select Specialty Hospital in Johnstown, PA ... and I finished the book as I drove home after his funeral. If that sounds depressing, it is nothing compared to what Jenny had to go through to have her daughter. Now, don't get me wrong (and I'm trying to avoid spoilers here), but there is only one seriously depressing chapter in the whole book, and Jenny even warns you so you can skip it if you want. And while it might sound as though I should not have been in the mood for Jenny's stories, they were EXACTLY what I needed on those 5 hour road trips. So, the best review I can give this book is that it distracted me when I needed it most. But not just any old distraction would have done. It is a testament to Jenny's prowess as a storyteller -- or, perhaps, as a vocalist -- that I was pulled into her world and did not want to leave it. Even if there was a slight chance I might end up elbow deep in a cow's vagina. (OK, that might have been a slight spoiler there). Thank you, Jenny. Now, where is volume 2?

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