ARC Review: We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist

Title: We Should Hang Out Sometime
Author: Josh Sundquist
Genre: YAMemoir
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: December 23rd, 2014
Page count: 336 pages
Format: eBook
Source: From publisher via Netgalley (thank you!)

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Book Summary:
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. 

     *The Reader's Review*

     My rating: 5/5 stars
This is the first time I read a memoir and I'm so happy that it turned out to be a fantastic read. Actually, hilarious is the right word. I laughed so hard with Josh's unsuccessful attempts to get himself a girlfriend when he was younger that I actually feel a bit bad about my reaction because it shouldn't be funny, but the way Josh tells it makes it impossible NOT to laugh.

We Should Hang Out Sometime doesn't really feel like a memoir (not that I know much about them) but like I said, it's extremely entertaining and I found myself rooting for Josh and groaning or feeling embarrassed for him every time something would go wrong on his dates (or when he would ask someone out). This is the kind of book that makes you want to put down just to deal with the intense embarrassment, or to cry out loud "OH YOU DID NOT!", and then break out laughing.

I liked how Josh writes about every almost-relationship he ever had. He goes from explaining the background of each girl-why he liked her, what he did when the time came to take the next step-to then pointing out his hypothesis and meeting up with said girl in the present and asking her about it (the nerve!). It was brave of his part (and a bit stalkerish too) to seek answers like that, and then make it publicly in this book. But awesome nonetheless.

To be honest, I had never heard about Josh Sundquist before this book. I didn't know he's famous, or that he's an amputee, or that at age 25, he had never had a girlfriend. But now, I can call myself a fan of his. I liked his upbeat personality while telling us about his memories and about his theories, and I can certainly see why he's a great motivational speaker. I highly recommend this book! I'm certain you will enjoy it.

2 comments:

  1. I might be the only person I know that actually likes memoirs. I didn't realize this was one. I'm excited to read it now, especially with a five star review! :)

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    1. I thought reading a memoir was going to be boring but it wasn't. Now I'm more excited to read the other memoirs I have!

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