Author: Josh Sundquist
How I got the book: I bought it.
Summary (modified from Goodreads):
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.
When I realized what this book was about, I immediately thought it wouldn’t be that great. I’m not that into romance and reading a book about guy trying to score a girlfriend simply because he’s never had one, turned me off.
Yet, there was a slight buzz when the book first came out and even though I hesitated, the blurb intrigued me. This wasn’t a typical “soul-mate search” novel. No, Josh Sundquist was on a quest to figure out why his past girlfriends were not his soul mate. Was it something he did or said? Was it something wrong with the girls?
We follow Josh through his childhood up to adulthood as he meets various girls, has many crushes, and attempts to ask them out. When they don’t work out, Josh explains his theory as to why and then, many years later, contacts them asking what happened between them.
The way the narration is explained is funny. I enjoyed reading in Josh’s point-of-view as he has a special kind of sense of humor.
This book is so true to life as most of us are searching, or did search, for that special someone. It’s not an easy journey. And for someone like Josh, with a physical disability, it’s harder. Though that didn’t slow him down or bother him at all, which made my respect for him go way up.
Overall, this was an enjoyable, light-hearted read.
We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist gets 5 out of 5 stars.
“It should be noted that I spent quite a while on Google brushing up on the difference between ‘homophone’ and ‘homonym’ to make sure I was using the right one, hoping like a complete dork to woo her with my impressive command of English grammar.” –Josh Sundquist, We Should Hang Out Sometime