Book: We Should Hang Out Sometime
Author: Josh Sundquist
Number of Pages: 336
Source: Netgalley (I received this book in exchange for an honest review)
The Basics:A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker. Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend. For twenty-three hours. In eighth grade. Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong? The results of Josh's semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to 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.My Musings:
Alright I have to say I was waiting for this book to come out. It was on one of my Waiting on Wednesday posts and it's also the first WoW book that I've actually read. So needless to say I was really excited when I received this book! Also how cute is this cover? Like so cute right? Anyways lets get to the actual review.
I LOVE the way Josh writes. I mean he's so witty and funny and he feels like the type of guy I would be friends with. I love how he describes scenarios and the way that it feels less like just a book and more like you are having one sided conversation with him. But trust me this is a pretty funny conversation. I always love a book that can make me laugh and this book did exactly that. Teachers and friends were asking me what I was reading quite frequently because every section, every story has something that can make you laugh, grimace in embarrassment, or cheer silently. A writer who is able to do that has my respect and Josh did exactly that.
Admittedly because this is a non-fiction book, there isn't really a plot or overarching story line. But I did like how it starts with him finding out his girlfriend was not only not his girlfriend but had a boyfriend. I liked how it ended. I enjoyed reading about his almost relationships and the way he tied in the past, where it went wrong, and what happened when he finally caught up with them again. He pieced this story together really well and it was definitely a strong point for this book. I loved how there was this underlying theme throughout the novel.This theme is presented formally to the audience when Josh, himself realizes why he hasn't been able to actually find love.
We kind of get to see Josh grow up throughout the book. We see him as a elementary school kid, a middle school-er, a teenager etc. This whole book, I feel, is him coming to terms to what was holding him back and accepting it. He definitely has grown as a person and has been able to change his veiws on love, on himself, and what to expect. I felt like I was going on this journey with him, so I was able to learn what he learned, accept what he did. In many ways I feel like the reader can not only connect with Josh and his stories, but learn with him. (Here's my Teaser Tuesday post in case you want a little excerpt)
So this is the part where I usually talk about romance. The entire book is focused around love and the idea of it. So yeah. I thought that Josh, albeit, awkward but was often times endearing in his battles against his shyness. He was sweet and I definitely wanted him to find a girlfriend and be happy. Every story in the book starts off sweet but at some point things just go downhill for whatever reason. In some cases the feelings are completely one sided. So the relationships were cute while they lasted.
Coffee For This Book: A Dark Chocolate Latte. Nothing goes better with love and heartbreak than chocolate. it's a proven fact.