Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

18 May

This book, by Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess,  is what I would call “disturbingly funny”.  It is at times disturbing, at times funny, and very often both at once.

Jenny Lawson is open and frank about her battle with mental illness in this disarming, charming, twisted, and downright weird little book.

At times I laughed until I cried.  You can’t help but laugh at the things that have happened in Jenny’s life, her turn of phrase and obvious wit, but never for one moment think you are laughing at Jenny.

Jenny Lawson is incredibly brave to share her journey and ongoing war with mental illness with the world.  She invites you to laugh with her.  Never at her.  She is so damn brave and forthright, that laughing at her is virtually impossible.  At least, I found it so.

Having spent many of my childhood holidays staying with family members whose decorating choices included dead animals, lots of dead animals, I probably found the stories of Jenny’s taxidermist father funnier than many other people would.

I highly recommend “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir” to anyone who is dealing with mental illness, either their own or someone elses, anyone who appreciates frank and honest memoirs, and those with a deeply twisted sense of humour.

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