By Rebecca Guthrie
I can not remember the last time I read a book that made me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe. All that changed when I picked up Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson. Ms. Lawson's writing is so funny that I actually couldn't read the book in one sitting, I needed to take breaks just to recover my equilibrium. It wasn't just the "oh, ha, ha this is funny" kind of funny, but the tears running down my cheeks, gasping for breath, laughing so hard that my husband comes out to check on me, kind of funny I loved this book, I borrowed from the library and I'm going to buy a copy because I enjoyed it so much.
I will readily admit however that it may not be for everyone. The humor occasionally is incredibly lowbrow and there is a ton of foul language. There is no socially taboo subject that is off limits. But the way that Jenny Lawson sees the world is incredibly unique and funny. Part of why I needed to take breaks while reading the book is because Ms. Lawson is frenetic in her energy, as I was reading the book I thought to myself several times "it must be exhausting to live in her brain." That is part of the charm of the book, but be forewarned.
Ms. Lawson is a blogger who writes at the bloggess.com and she got a book deal because she is really, really funny. The book is ostensibly about her childhood and early married life, but it is really her stories about a very bizarre upbringing and her random thoughts about life. From having a turkey follow her to school to her obsession with taxidermied animals that are dressed up, the book starts at 100 miles an hour and never slows down.
It's very difficult to put into words how funny this book is, particularly since I'm not very comically adept, but if you are looking for a pickmeup, Jenny Lawson's book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
By Jenny Lawson
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 4/17/2012
Rebecca Guthrie is the Book Editor for the Southern Arizona News-Examiner. She is working toward her Masters in Education degree. She resides in Tucson, Ariz. with her husband and son. You can reach her at facebook.com/whystoriesmatter.