Moms, if you don’t have this book on your summer reading list, add it now! Jenny Lawson, the writer of the award winning Blog, The Bloggess, has put her entertaining life (and random thought processes) together in the book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir). If you have never read The Bloggess you will likely be hooked after reading this book.
Lawson is like any other mom trying to get through her life. She grew up in a small town in West Texas and throughout her book she talks about the battles she struggles with, which are the same issues a lot of moms and women struggle with every day – things like anorexia, mental illness, dealing with crazy parents, fights with your partner, parenting issues and much more. Through the “Mostly True Memoir” she brings humor, laughter and lightness to these heavy issues and in turn helps others by realizing they are not alone. It is a great reminder, sometimes you may need to laugh at your issues or totally obsessive over them, but in the end, you realize you just need to work through it.
I will admit that when I started this book, I was a little turned off by the sporadic thought process that she goes through in the first couple chapters, but as I kept reading I realized she and I are a lot a like, I call it monkey brain or monkey mind, switching from thought to thought and not able to easily focus, but once I got into the book I began to really enjoy her quirky style and once I got to know her, I couldn’t stop reading.
Lawson also wrote Good Mom/Bad Mom for the Houston Chronicle, but as she said: she “needed an uncensored space to say the f-word and talk about ninjas so I started this blog.” Let’s Pretend This Never Happened has been on the New York Times best-sellers list for three months, and as I said before, it needs to be on your summer reading list. It’s a great read, easy to get through and will keep you laughing and maybe crying, but overall happy, until the end!