We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story by Josh Sundquist

Title: We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story
Author: Josh Sundquist
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date:December 23rd 2014
Pages: Hardcover, 304 pages
Source: BEA 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
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.


There were a couple reasons why We Should Hang Out Sometime (WSHOS) was not on my radar and, even after I got it, why I was quite skeptical to read it. I pretty much do not ever read non-fiction, I love the fiction world's stories and non-fiction is just not for me, let alone a non-fiction-y memoir about dating. But I am so glad I gave it a chance. I had the pleasure of meeting Josh at BEA and getting a signed copy of the book. I started reading it that day while I was waiting in lines and I was hooked!

So I am going to give you 5 reasons to give this one a try:
  1. It is funny. Laugh out loud funny. The conversations Josh has with himself in his head cracked me up!
  2. It’s a non-fiction-y memoir. It is something totally different that is geared to YA.
  3. There are pictures, drawings, and funny charts!
  4. It is full of awkward greatness. The awkwardness in all the stories just propels the book and has you flying through the pages. The story is told through failed relationship analysis. It’s a different way to tell a story but it works perfectly.
  5. We Should Hang Out Sometime has a great message, great ending, and great story. Even though I wanted more chapters, and a longer ending chapter, I thought the ending fit. 

WSHOS is a laugh out loud story about Josh’s failed relationships. You can’t help but sympathize and remember your own awkward experiences. I highly recommend it if you are in the mood for something uplifting and totally different!

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