“Let’s pretend this never happened” by Jenny Lawson

Let's Pretend cover

Iartemisicon went into this book thinking it was just going to be something funny and nothing overly serious, what I did not expect was a book detailing the life of someone with a debilitating case of anxiety.

The book starts out utterly hilarious, with tales of her father bringing home baby animals (some not always alive), to her dreaded middle school and high school days. During her telling she mentions small anxiety attacks that the people in her life brushed off as her just being shy, but as she gets older they become worse. Anyone with a mental disease, or who knows someone with a mental disease, can understand what it feels like to be alone in a crowd, the odd one out, and reading her book gives you the sense that you’re not alone anymore. The sense that someone finally understands.

Her quirky sense of humor seems to make light of everything she’s been through but she doesn’t skip over any of the darker times in her life, she lays everything bare and for that, for bringing light to what she’s been though, I have the utmost respect for her. It takes a lot of guts to do what she’s done, which is why I recommend this book to everyone (as long as they can handle a sense of humor, and a bit of language).

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