Quorren’s #CBR4 Review #26 Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Once, I didn’t know what a Bloggess was. Then pictures of Juanita the Weasel kenning over her ruined souffle began appearing in my Facebook newsfeed and I lost several hours of my life and possibly pulled a vocal chord trying not to laugh out loud in my cube. And I immediately pre-ordered her book.
Now, I don’t have great track record with humorous autobiographies. As much as I wanted to love Bossypants, I never felt that I reached the level of ecstasy others got from it. I also gave a lackluster review to Nerd Do Well, Simon Pegg’s book. Part of it may stem from the fact that I have social anxiety and these books are like sitting down to the world’s longest dinner with someone. So I decided with this book I would read a few chapters and then switch over to something else. So instead of a dinner that ends up lasting two hours too long, I get twenty minute phone calls to Lawson. In the end, due to the other book (reviewed next) being a snooze-fest, and this book being the epitome of hilarity, I read the book in two days.
To say that Jenny Lawson had an odd homelife is like saying water is wet. When your dad is a taxidermist, you’re either turn into a creeper or turn out with a wicked sense of humor. My favorite story from the book was the Great Turkey Shit-Off of 1983. I won’t give the finer points away, but there is turkey shit involved. My least favorite was about her dead dog. I also use humor to deal with my dark stuff, and now I know how off-putting it can be for others. My empathy kicked in and instead of being all like, “HA! You had to fight off vultures from your dead dog’s carcass with a machete!” I was more “SUBMIT TO MY HUGS, YOU NEED HUGS!” Which I doubt either one of us would’ve enjoyed and it would’ve turn awkward fast.