Friday, July 13, 2012

Let's Pretend This Never Happened

I am going to start this book review off by saying that I love The Bloggess (Jenny Lawson).  If you haven't ever stopped by her blog, you definitely want to check it out.  She has been doing this forever and is a very funny and talented writer. 
 I knew I would love Jenny's book the minute I heard about it.  It contains short (somewhat horrifying, awkward, or embarrassing) stories from her life that helped make her the person she is today.  She has kind of a rambling style of writing, so be prepared to go off on a tangent or six..  Also, if cursing offends you, skip this book.  You will be offended.  If not, read on.  

Jenny grew up in the very small town of Wall, Texas, with her mother and taxidermist father.  She had an unusual upbringing, surrounded by animals both living and stuffed, which serve as the basis for a lot of her stories in the book.  She is very quirky.  Here are some of the descriptive chapter titles that give you some insight as to what you are about to read: "It Wasn't Even My Crack", "My Vagina Is Fine, Thanks For Asking", and "If You Need An Arm Condom, It Might Be Time to Reevaluate Some of Your Life Choices".   I know what you are thinking, you just got sucked right in.  I haven't even mentioned her ever patient husband, who seems to add a little sanity to these zany (yet real) stories.  

I would give this book 4 1/2 stars out of 5.  You will laugh your way uncontrollably through this book.  Jenny knows how and when to drop the f-bomb, and does so frequently and with style (I think we could all learn a few things from her).   I recommend reading this alone, because you will not have an easy time explaining these little anecdotes to others who will inevitably want to know what is so funny.  If you have read this book, can we please discuss Beyonce the Giant Metal Chicken?  

Next up, Fifty Shades of Grey.  Yeah, again, I know what you are thinking, but although the writing is pretty bad, the story is oh so entertaining.  However, I do listen to these books in the car, and the woman who reads them is kind of awful.  I am somehow managing to struggle through:)  I am a real trooper.  What are you reading right now?

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E said...

I really want to listen to this audiobook, since Jenny reads it.

Martie @ Spunkyrella said...

Haha I have this on my "next" list for a while now - thanks for sharing, I gotta read it soon!

Adele said...

I can't imagine listening to someone narrating 50 shades!!!!
Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo

Emmy said...

Ooooo....can't wait to read Jenny's book. Not really a reader of her blog, but with those titles, how can I resist?
And I think I'm the only known woman in the world who admits to really loving the 50 shades books!! Heehee...oh well....
Laters, baby:)

rooth said...

I've seen this book crop up on other posts and the cover alone makes me want to read it

Chocolate, Cookies & Candies said...

I saw the 50 Shades of Grey books at my local library. I was thinking of borrowing them but I remembered the bad reviews on Amazon. Perhaps I should get them anyway just to satiate my curiosity.

Heather said...

I'm finally reading The Hunger Games series and loving it!

Jess said...

Knock, knock, Motherf*cker. I love the Beyonce story.

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

i need a good laugh Erin! thanks for recommending this.

Anonymous said...

I've read 50shades, all 3 books. Bad writing but good story. I want to read fathermucker next.

aki! said...

Haha. That sounds like a fun book but not the type I generally read. As for 50 Shades, it's interesting but not at the same time. I've glanced through it a few times and if I were in the mood to read something raunchy, that is not the first thing I'd go for.

I am about to start Hitchhiker's Guide!

Ivana said...

Wow, this sounds like an amazing book, I definitely need to check it out! Thanks for the review!

xx Ivana
Macarons and Pearls

Lorena said...

I should be ashamed - but I am currently not reading anything. However I do plan on heading over to the Bloggess to check her out.

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