What I Read This Week – 10/24/12 – 10/31/12

31 Oct

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess)

Jenny Lawson is kind of a thing in the blogging world. She’s known. She’s out there. And she got a book deal.

The book follows her adventures with her crazy family in Texas, including a father who thinks bringing home dead squirrels and using them as puppets to entertain his daughters is a good idea. She lives through her high school goth phase (while artificially inseminating cows in Ag class), meets the man who will become her long-suffering husband, and finally moves from Houston back to the country around Austin to raise her daughter (and where she’ll also have to defend her recently dead, buried pug from hordes of vultures).

Alright. It was fun. It was silly. But it works so much better as a blog. When you combine all these wacky, crazy stories into a bound book, it goes from Jenny being an offbeat but fun narrator to being an all out insane person. I found that so off-putting that I really couldn’t imagine being around her for more than a few minutes. I don’t think she’s really like that; I think it’s just a persona she’s put on, which almost makes it worse.

So, all in all, I get why people like it, and there were parts that certainly made me laugh, but overall, I couldn’t get past the feeling of unease that her pseudo-insanity caused.

AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN, Y’ALL! Hope you’re out treating more than tricking!


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