Let's Pretend This Never Happened (2012) Lawson's website, TheBloggess.com, has gone viral several times over, and here's why: She writes with a rambling irreverence that makes you wish she were your… 2012-04-17 Memoir Putnam
Book Review

Let's Pretend This Never Happened (2012)

BLOG TO BOOK Though charming and quirky, Lawson's memoir can't rustle up the same poignancy she displays on her blog
BLOG TO BOOK Though charming and quirky, Lawson's memoir can't rustle up the same poignancy she displays on her blog
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Apr 17, 2012; Writer: Jenny Lawson; Genre: Memoir; Publisher: Putnam

Lawson's website, TheBloggess.com, has gone viral several times over, and here's why: She writes with a rambling irreverence that makes you wish she were your best friend. But some of that charm gets lost in translation from blog to book. Lawson has great stories in Let's Pretend This Never Happened — including several gut-busters from her feral upbringing in rural Texas and her now-famous misadventures with a giant metal chicken — but she pokes holes in what should be punchy material with distractions her new medium affords her: editor's notes, multiple prefaces, lengthy parentheticals, and footnotes. Granted, she's known for chattiness, but when she repeatedly jokes that you shouldn't read the next chapter, eventually you want to listen. B

Originally posted Apr 04, 2012 Published in issue #1202 Apr 13, 2012 Order article reprints