Monday, January 23, 2017

WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME BY JOSH SUNDQUIST - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is a memoir We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, A True Story by Josh Sundquist.  Thanks so much to Hachette Canada for sending me a finished copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Do you ever just start a book and have it hit you in a way no other book has? That was this memoir for me.

Now, typically, I'm not the biggest fan of non-fiction, but I do sometimes make an exception for memoirs/biographies. There is just something so raw about these types of books that you don't often see in fiction.

Basically, this is the story of Josh Sundquist's love life and the reasons why his previous girlfriends didn't work out. I liked the plot line itself, and they way each section was set up. He would introduce a girl, give a bit of a backstory, explain why he thought things didn't work out, and then relay his conversations with the women a decade later.

The little romances were really interesting, and I loved the reality of going back and saying, "hey, what went wrong here?" but I think my favourite element of the book was the fact that was such a refreshing change of pace from the trope-heavy YA romances I read. Being awkward not to create a relatable character, but because that's who you are. Not saying the right thing because real life isn't scripted. Having things not work out because it's reality, not a chick flick where the couple gets together 10 years later after realizing that they still had feelings for each other.

Reality is not the same as fiction, and just because the first person someone dates is the one they marry IN A BOOK, doesn't mean that is at all what happens in real life. And I think Sundquist captured that brilliantly.

This book was hilarious, I really enjoyed Sundquist's sense of humor - something I really enjoyed in his YA fiction novel Love and First Sight - and I was laughing along the way.

I think it could be easy to read this book and mistake it for fiction, the writing style is very similar to that of fiction in that he is telling a series of stories. But don't get too caught up in finding closure with each girl, make no mistake this is reality and there aren't always happy endings. I will say, however, if you are wanting to test the non-fiction/memoir waters, this is a great book to test the waters with. It gives a realistic spin while still being easy to read.

I also really loved how this book was about a lot more than just Sundquist's quest for love. It was also about his self-acceptance - coming to terms with himself as a person and as an amputee. There were many insightful moments throughout the book that talked about how he deals with his disability and it helped give a better understanding of his life.

Also, just to briefly touch on something I've seen mentioned, perhaps it might be weird to look up people from your past but I don't think in this level or context, it goes into creepy. And this story isn't about how difficult it is for a guy to get a girlfriend, it's about taking a look at your life and figuring out what is and isn't working out. Stories like these, about the one who got away, are wildly popular for obvious reasons and I think this portrayal gives a fresh, modern and realistic take to that concept.

Overall, I really enjoyed this memoir and definitely recommend it if you are looking for something a little different.