This book is totally true, except for the parts that aren’t. It’s basically like Little House on the Prairie but with more cursing. And I know, you’re thinking “But Little House on the Prairie was totally true!” and no, I’m sorry, but it wasn’t. Laura Ingalls was a compulsive liar with no fact-checker, and probably if she was still alive today her mom would be saying “I don’t know how Laura came up with this whole ‘I’m-a-small-girl-on-the-prairie’ story. We lived in New Jersey with her aunt Frieda and our dog, Mary, who was blinded when Laura tried to bleach a lightning bolt on her forehead.
Earlier this month I spent the day at the Book Blogger Conference at BEA, where I listened to Jenny Lawson talk about her blog and her new book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir). I picked up a copy of her memoir at the conference and started reading it that night on the train ride back to New Jersey, which was probably a bad idea as this is the type of book that will have your laughing out loud on what should be a quiet ride home.
Let’s Pretend this Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) is a memoir written in Lawson’s signature random style. From her strange upbringing in rural Texas (her taxidermist father would routinely bring wild animals, like raccoons, into the house to become their “new pets”) to the author’s account of living with an anxiety disorder, Lawson has a gift in making even the most unfunny situations humorous.
If you grew up in the 80’s (like I did) then you’ll love all the pop culture references that Lawson mentions, including Freddie Krueger, Rainbow Brite and Thundercats. I could also appreciate this passage about woman bloggers, which made me giggle.
Women scare me enough, but bloggers can be even more frightening to deal with. Most bloggers are emotionally unstable and are often awkward in social situations, which is why so many of us turned to blogging in the first place. Also, they are always looks for something to write about, so if you f*ck something up it will be blogged, Facebooked, and retweeted until your death.
While this book isn’t for everyone (if you are sensitive to swearing, then back away from this book very slowly) it was the perfect book if your looking to read something that will make you laugh. In the end, reading Let’s Pretend this Never Happened is like sitting on your back deck, drink in your hand and cracking up with your snarky, foul mouthed best friend.