I have been reading The Bloggess since 2008, when my friend Megan introduced me to her through this post, which is an open letter to her husband (this post also made it as a chapter in her book). I laughed so hard I cried. Ever since then, Jenny The Bloggess has been my writing/blogging/funny lady idol. IDOL. When I was given the chance to review her book (I’m a horrible fan, really, for not picking up a copy sooner) I was so excited.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is Jenny’s memoir of her unusual experiences so far in her life. She writes about growing up poor in the beautiful city of Wall, Texas (where’s Wall?), her taxidermist father who often brought home truckfuls of bloody animal pelts, the time she was stabbed in the face by a serial killer, and her pet raccoon, Rambo.
This book is laugh-out-loud funny. It is also a very honest look into the ways Jenny has had to deal with issues with social anxiety, depression, feeling like a misfit, multiple miscarriages, and other things that aren’t so light-hearted in nature. She writes with an honesty that I admire so much.
One of the things I love most about her is her openness and willingness to talk about things that not everyone wants to talk about. She is one of the reasons I am also so open here on my blog. Jenny has always made me feel like less of a misfit because she shows me that there ARE other people out there who are socially awkward, who have the same sense of humor that I do, and who swear and are still successful writers (this book was a New York Times #1 Bestseller, y’all.)
If you haven’t read Jenny’s blog, do it now and go ahead and just buy a copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – you won’t regret that you did.
DISCLOSURE: I received both monetary compensation plus a copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened for this post as part of the BlogHer Book Club. You can read more about this book or join the discussion by visiting the BlogHer Book Club’s discussion of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I really do read The Bloggess and she is truly my funny lady writing idol. These thoughts and words are 100% authentic, and 100% my own.