If you’re already a fan of  The Bloggess then I think it goes without saying you’ll love Jenny Lawson’s (mostly true) memoir. If you’re not a fan of The Bloggess, (I assume because you’ve not yet stumbled across her site), go read this post, then come back here for the review. If you’re not laughing after that post- and feeling some empathy for Victor, then, well I feel sorry for you and you probably should skip the rest of this review.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is written in true Lawson style. At times poignant, it is also laugh-out-loud funny and it makes you want to be her friend… sort of. It also made me a little scared to be her friend but in a good way.  And because it’s all essays, it’s easy to sneak in a quick read when you’re waiting in line, or just have a few minutes to read a few pages.

Things you’ll learn in Let’s Pretend This Never Happened:

1) Taxidermy has played a startlingly large role in Lawson’s life

2) This woman can truly find the funny in (almost) anything

3) Lawson’s mind works in totally weird and random ways- which is a good thing or we wouldn’t have this book.

4) Jenny and Victor are a great match

5) Mental illness isn’t funny, but it also doesn’t have to stop you from finding the funny

6) A large metal chicken named Beyonce in your front yard seems totally normal after you read this book.

Lawson read an essay from her book on her book tour, which I was able to see when she made a stop here.  I think the whole audience left with a sore face from laughing so hard at the reading.  And I learned at the book signing that Lawson comes across on the page just as she is in real life.

So, if you haven’t read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened yet, put it on your reading list, now.