I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on December 23rd 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Boys & Men, Dating & Sex, Health & Daily Living, Humor, Juvenile Nonfiction, Physical Impairments, Social Issues
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When I was twenty-five years old, it came to my attention that I had never had a girlfriend. At the time, I was actually under the impression that I was in a relationship, so this bit of news came as something of a shock.Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down each of the girls he had tried to date since middle school and asked them straight up: What went wrong?The results of Josh's semiscientific investigation are in your hands. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), and a misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places.Poignant, relatable, and totally hilarious, this memoir is for anyone who has ever wondered, "Is there something wrong with me?" (Spoiler Alert: the answer is no.)
I think those of you who read Good Books And Good Wine on the regular know that I am really into memoirs — especially when I am in need of a break from young adult books. We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist manages to be BOTH of those things! WHAT I KNOW! So awesome. Anyways. While between books I was all HEY might as well read the shortest book in my Netgalley queue and thus began We Should Hang Out Sometime — starting it before my plane ride and then finishing it while flying to Philadelphia for a bit of a layover. Frankly this was kind of a cool book.
We Should Hang Out Sometime is about Josh Sundquist’s dating mishaps. Let’s be for real here, dating is awkward and hard and reading signals can be complicated when you are young and don’t have a lot of experience with that kind of thing. This book explores Josh’s doomed crushes and what went wrong. You see at the age of 25, as the synopsis says, he realizes that he’s actually never had a steady girlfriend and so he wonders what that is. He goes back through all of his crushes and examines what went wrong using mathmatical charts and diagrams. The book starts when he’s like 13 and ends post-college. Sundquist is a motivational speaker, enthusiastic about Halloween costumes and a Paralympican. He also spent much of his life homeschooled and then goes onto public school. It’s interesting because this certainly influences his impressions of why he was rejected.
I liked the format of this book. Each crush typically has three sections – the crush, the hypothesis, and the girl’s explanation for rejection after Josh meets up with them. There’s charts which I LOVE. For real, math is awesome even if I don’t completely understand it. Anyways, the layout of the book somehow made it a super fast read for me. I whipped through it and found myself getting pretty into it.
As much as I liked We Should Hang Out Sometime – I didn’t love it. I know it’s a memoir and about personal experiences but something kind of rubbed me the wrong way about viewing girls as foreign creatures when really — it’s not that complicated. We are humans treat us that way. That’s all. I think that I would have liked this book better if it wasn’t all – oh this girl was super cute or hot etc to introduce the girl but instead went into something else. I am sure I am not explaining this correctly but yeah us ladies are more than our looks. It just grated — that’s all. Otherwise this was a decent, quick read and I would recommend it, but with that whole caveat.