Book Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

During the month of June I picked up an actual book, you know, the kind with paper pages all bound in a hardcover and it even has a dust jacket. I know, I know, I’ve been reading so much on my iPad using the Nook or Kindle apps that having a “real” book in my hands was nice.

Jenny’s book with Hamlet von Schnitzel on the cover – see “And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane”

So, I’d be surprised if you hadn’t heard of The Bloggess AKA Jenny Lawson. She writes a wonderful blog, and has me cracking up often. My kids think I’m crazy when I’m reading her blog and start laughing out loud all by myself. When Jenny announced that she was releasing a book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened,  I immediately put it on my wishlist. I wasn’t able to attend the book reading that she did in the SF Bay Area but I picked up the book as soon as I was able.

Each chapter is a story of Jenny’s life. Each chapter is hilarious.



Mr. Skinny (17 y.o. son) was cracking up at one of the chapters I read to him and we have plans for Mr. Bubbinsky – see “A Series of Helpful Post-It Notes I Left Around the House for My Husband This Week”

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and the chapter Jenny wrote about her diagnosis had me laughing out loud in the waiting room at Kaiser while I waited to go in to get my methotrexate injection. It was especially funny because of what Jenny wrote in the chapter about methotrexate. It involved Samuel L. Jackson’s voice and I will never read medication warning labels the same again. – see “Stabbed by Chicken”

Of course, I now have a metal chicken on my mantle – even though I keep promising my husband it’s not going to stay there permanently although it probably will end up there forever – all because it reminded me of Beyoncé – see “And That’s Why You Should Learn to Pick Your Battles”

I absolutely loved every chapter of this book. For all intents and purposes this could be a quick read, that is if you can read through the tears in your eyes from laughing so hard or if you can actually hold the book and hold your side while you laugh. I could read at most two chapters at a time. There were also moments when I had to put the book down because I was disrupting the people around me while I was laughing. And, I definitely couldn’t read before bed because then Mr. Bubbinsky wouldn’t be able to fall asleep and it would be irresponsible to keep him up since, you know, he has to work in the morning and all that.

If you haven’t read it, I suggest you do and I ask “What are you waiting for?”. If you have read it, what was your favorite chapter?

PS – This was one of two books I read in June. I know! I’m slacking on my reading…

Categories: Books, Review


  • Robyn

    I cannot wait to read this one! I have it loaded on my kindle. It’s one of the next few ones I want to read after the stuff I have to review :) thanks for the heads up thant its good!

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