Friday, July 20, 2012

A Mostly True Memoir

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
I feel like I'm in somewhat of a book reading slump lately. For example, with this book while I wanted to love it, and while I did enjoy it, I couldn't really get into it.

While I read a lot of the big name mommy blog, The Bloggess isn't one I read. I actually wound up picking this up for book club. While I do think I would have gotten to it eventually on my own, it wasn't one I was dying to read and that may have been part of the reason I wasn't a huge fan.

Don't get me wrong there were parts I enjoyed. I loved reading about her blogger getaway weekend, and imagining just exactly what actual bloggers were all that trip. But also in that chapter I really enjoyed reading about her "freaking out" about meeting her blogger friends in person, because I've had that same internal dialogue on the meet-ups I've gone to. Although I've never gone to a weekend away with a ton of bloggers, I would love to.

I do think each chapter would have worked better as a standalone blog posts, and reading all these somewhat connected stories back to back felt a little repetitive for me. Don't get me wrong, I thought individual stories were funny, but it was hard for me to read several chapters at once.

I always feel somewhat guilty writing a review on a book I didn't fall in love with. But I guess the thing is just because I wasn't a huge fan of this doesn't mean you'll feel the same. In fact, most of the reviews I've read on this have been raving about it, so maybe I'm just the odd one out.


Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!


  1. I had your mom read some of the Bloggess's blog posts and we use to laugh hysterically in the office. Especially this post:

    We literally laughed until we cried. Glad you got to read the book, even if you didn't really get into it, glad you read it. :)

  2. I had to give up on this book bc I couldn't get into it at all!

    I did just read two books that I really loved- Maine and Commencment, both by J. Courtney Sullivan. So wonderful, I read them both within a week!

  3. This one is on my nightstand just waiting to be read!

    Great review!

  4. I just started reading her blog and I do find her stories to be amusing. I probably read the book at some point but I'm not in a rush.

  5. I thought this book was hilarious! But I also read her blog fairly often, so I knew what to expect.

  6. Oh interesting. I love her blog and writing style but I hear what you're saying about reading blog posts back to back. Perhaps she could have smoothed it out more to make it make more sense for a book?