We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
We Should Hang Out Sometime is pretty much the complete opposite of what I look for in a book. It’s a non-fiction, memoir-ish kind of story, which I usually dislike, but for some reason I decided to give this one a shot. In this book, Josh Sundquist recounts his failed attempts (while growing up) of getting a real girlfriend. He includes a hypothesis as to why the attempt was unsuccessful and then contacts the girl to get her perspective as to what went wrong. Due to the way the book was formatted, I took a long time reading it. Each girl was a ‘part’ or section of the book so it was really easy for me to set the book down after completing a section. Not wanting to DNF this book, I brought it along with me on the 2 day drive to New York. There’s nothing like being stuck in a car with no one to text and nothing entertaining on social media to motivate you to read a book you’ve been putting off.
Although at times the book was hilarious, I had a really hard time connecting with young Josh. I found him whiny and a little self absorbed- which I automatically felt guilty for thinking since he is only human. I felt that Josh blamed his disability for practically everything that didn’t go as plan, which in turn prevented him from being comfortable in front of his crushes. I always believed that a person cannot properly love another person without loving and accepting him- or herself. It broke my heart to read about Josh’s unsuccessful attempts at relationships, but at the same time I was furious because I wanted to shake him and make him see that he needed to accept and love himself before trying to love someone else.
As I briefly noted before, when I wasn’t sad or angry at little Josh, I was laughing at his jokes and adorable quirks. I absolutely enjoyed the graphs, diagrams, and scientific explanations that the author added as well. It made the book even more unique and it was extremely interesting to glimpse at the situation with his eyes. But above all, what I really loved about the book was the revelation and the message Josh has at the end. I specifically remember finishing the book in the car- I gently shut it, took a breath, turned to face my sister behind me and told her that she HAD to read it!