Let's Pretend This Never Happened

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 April, 2012, 12:00am


Let's Pretend This Never Happened
by Jenny Lawson
Amy Einhorn Books (e-book)

When books start their lives as blogs the result is often a mishmash of ideas that hopscotch forward instead of segueing from one chapter to the next. Let's Pretend This Never Happened comes out of Jenny Lawson's TheBloggess.com and is a '90 per cent true' memoir replete with hilarious anecdotes but also tedious attempts at humour. Family and friends are obvious foils in Lawson's telling of her crazy upbringing in rural Texas as the daughter of a taxidermist who used dead animals as hand puppets. She tells of losing a pet duck to hungry hobos, being a Goth chick at an agrarian school, donning an arm 'condom' to inseminate a cow, then nearly losing that arm, and generally of not fitting in. Ridiculous episodes follow Lawson into adulthood, when she works in human resources and realises that the people who choose such a career are 'probably all tattletales in school'. By the time she leaves her HR job to try writing, readers will be hooked or have had enough of her footnotes, editor's interjections and follow-ups to jokes. Lawson is funny but needs to change her get-it-out-there-fast style to make an impact as an author.