Let’s pretend that this book review never happened


Emily Merlin, Social Media Editor

“Let’s Pretend this Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir,” written by Jenny Lawson, is an autobiography with a twist.

This is not a formal autobiography. In fact, it’s a disaster, but in a good way.

Lawson struggles with OCD, anxiety, and depression, and she tells it like it is.

Lawson talks about her childhood and how her father woke her up in the middle of the night to show her a dead squirrel that he found on the side of the road.

That was the mildest part of the entire book. There are constant mentions about blood, gore, genitalia, births, and embarrassment. If you are older than 18 and enjoy laughing at other people’s misery and mistakes, then this is the perfect book for you.

Lawson’s anxiety plays a huge part in her life. She can’t hold a normal conversation with someone because her mind goes to crazy, unexplainable places.

Multiple times when she would be at a dinner party with her husband, she would say something bizarre (and most likely true), and people would stare at her, unsure what to say.

She would then go hide in the bathroom for the remainder of the party to avoid embarrassment to herself or anyone around her. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to that.

Maybe it helps to read other people’s stories, so you don’t feel as bad about your awful moments.

Although this book is a rollercoaster from start to finish, it does show the growth of the author. She learns how to grow up and still have fun. Lawson learns to be happy and care for herself as well as her family.

One memorable quote from the book is, “I AM GOING TO BE FURIOUSLY HAPPY, OUT OF SHEER SPITE.”

Sometimes it’s hard to be happy, so forcing yourself to be happy out of spite is an excellent way to be vengeful.

All in all, if you enjoy sarcasm, 18+ content, and everything in between, read this book.

You’ll be laughing at every page, and you’ll be curious to see how it ends. Spoiler alert: it has a happy ending.