Friday, December 12, 2014

Review: We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sunquist

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21822422We Should Hang Out Sometime
by John Sunquist
Release date: Dec. 23rd. 2014
How I got it - Review copy from Netgalley
Genre: ???
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Description -
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.

I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley to review honestly

My Rating: 

3.5 Stars

Review:

This reads like any YA contemporary book and it was a really fun read. It's a fairly short book and a very fast enjoyable read. It had me laughing a couple times and smiling and cringing throughout. This book is all about Josh's failed romantic endeavors and it's increasingly cringeworthy but you can't really stop reading it.

What it boils down to is that this is just a fun read. It tries to be more serious at times, and towards the end there's a part that is trying to show a deeper meaning to the whole story, but it doesn't really work out. The whole "deeper meaning" thing, isn't really shown enough, you know? It's like he's supposed to have to come to this giant realization that basically changes his whole life, but there's not enough time spent on it for it to seem real.

Don't get me wrong, I felt for the guy, but the book was focused so much on the funny missed romantic opportunities and on being lighthearted with all his cringeworthy romantic fails, so that's what I was concentrated on. I don't mean to criticize it so much, but the big revelation that he has towards the end of the book just felt kind of untruthful. It just wasn't built up enough to seem like it meant anything at all.

The end felt a little too fairytale-like...that's the only way I can explain it.

Overall:  It's a really fun book but in parts it tries a little too hard to be...serious? It's like the author thought that it had to have some big underlining message and added it in as an afterthought. Still, overall it's a very fun and enjoyable read that I would recommend if you're just looking for something that will give you a good laugh!


Would I Recommend This? Yes.
Who To?  Anyone looking for a laugh???
Will I read more from this author? I feel like this question might be slightly invalid...

Have you ever read a memoir?


4 comments:

  1. I saw this in Netgalley too!! But I didn't request it, though. I had no idea it was a memoir because I actually thought it was a fictional story based on the author's experiences :P You make it sound interesting! Glad you enjoyed it! I'll check it out soon :D

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  2. I saw this there too! I was close to requesting it but then I didn't. I mean it sounds interesting but I don't like books that are too fluffy. I love fluffy and romantic elements but I need some depth too. So yeah. But still this one sounds really interesting. Great review :)

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  3. This sounds really fun! I considered requesting it too, but I had wayyy too many books. But it does sound like a book that I would definitely like to read at some point, I adore funny memoirs, especially for lighter reads. I don't love that it tries to be too serious though, because you kind of have to pick one or the other I think, especially with a memoir.

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  4. I can't stand embarrassing books, they make me embarrassed! I know that's silly, but I can't help it! This sounds funny though. That's too bad that the 'meaning' felt forced.

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