How did I get it?:
NetGalley- many thanks to Little, Brown!
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.
This book is one of those books that I think will divide people. It is a piece of non fiction, which is a genre that I don’t often read. I picked it up because I was particularly intrigued by the synopsis. I’m glad that I read it. It’s about one of those moments in your life when insight finally comes into focus. One of those moments when you realise why you made the decisions you did. God knows I’ve had plenty of those in recent years. Our author, Josh Sundquist takes us through his moment. Josh’s moment came to him when he was 25 and realised that he had never had a ‘proper’ girlfriend.
We Should Hang Out Sometime revisits Josh’s previous experiences with girls to try and work out why he has ‘failed’ in that area!
Josh is a great narrator. I really liked reading his writing. I thought the book was humorous and I liked Josh’s outlook on the world. I loved his rules for himself which are:
1. Never be a burden.
2. Never be different.
Josh has had a particularly interesting upbringing. I was particularly interested in his homeschooling by his Christian conservative parents. That led to some very funny reminiscing. All of Josh’s stories are relatable, particularly his encounters at public school. I’m sure a lot of readers will be able to identify with them. I also thought Josh’s observations on how individuals treated his disability was incredibly insightful.
A criticism I would have about this book, is that I would’ve liked to know even more about Josh aside from his dating escapades. He’s an interesting man!
Would I recommend it?: