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Revue de presse

Praise for We Should Hang Out Sometime:
An Amazon.ca Best Books of December 2014 for Children and Teens Selection
A YALSA 2015 Teens Top Ten Nominee

"Sundquist is a storyteller-flawed, wry, laid-back and sympathetic. Anyone who's felt awkward will alternately (or simultaneously) wince and burst out laughing at his earnest misadventures with stalkers, "Close Fast Dancing" and flow charts... but above all, they'll be rooting for Sundquist to hang out with a girl. Funny, sympathetic and poignant, Sundquist's memoir has a high probability of success."
Kirkus Reviews

"An autobiographical account that's equal parts hilarious and cringe-inducing...While his recent interviews and meetings with the girls from his past are often just as uncomfortable as their dates were, they also lead to answers as genuine as his narrative."―Publishers Weekly

"[A] laugh-out-loud memoir...This is a unique, earnest, and funny coming-of-age story about Sundquist's experiences. Readers will appreciate the humorous and often embarrassingly accurate tales depicted in the pages of this book."―SLJ

"Josh's voice is engaging and conversational, and readers will relate as they laugh along at his misadventures. From a disastrous putt-putt date to just general, suffusing awkwardness, Josh (who grew up to be a Paralympic ski racer) discovers that revisiting the past can be both embarrassing and enlightening. Irresistible fun."―Booklist

"[Sundquist's] findings are illuminating for anyone who has experienced social awkwardness in the field of attraction...and his gift for encouragement shines forcefully from his final chapters, where he assesses what went wrong and relates how he has used his new self-awareness to find love. Readers familiar with Sundquist's website and YouTube channel will be a natural audience for this."―The Bulletin

"Often hilarious, occasionally awkward, and always hopeful, Josh's quest for love will have readers rooting for him all the way."―Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and The Geography of You and Me

"Josh Sundquist has written a sharp, funny memoir without an ounce of self-pity about how the fear of rejection can be far more crippling than any disease. A hilarious, heartfelt reminder that finding the courage to accept love is an inside job."―Aaron Hartzler, author of Rapture Practice

Présentation de l'éditeur

When I was twenty-five years old, it came to my attention that I had never had a girlfriend. At the time, I was actually under the impression that I was in a relationship, so this bit of news came as something of a shock.

Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down each of the girls he had tried to date since middle school and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

The results of Josh's semiscientific investigation are in your hands. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), and 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.

Poignant, relatable, and totally hilarious, this memoir is for anyone who has ever wondered, "Is there something wrong with me?"

(Spoiler Alert: the answer is no.)


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  • Relié: 336 pages
  • Editeur : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (23 décembre 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 031625102X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316251020
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,2 x 3,2 x 22,2 cm
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In this book, Josh only presents us 5 or 6 girls he had tried to date, and when he confronts them several years later about why it did not work out, it turns out most of them barely remember him ... This guy was so sell-centered he never understood what happened around him. I didn't learn anything and I don't think there is any chance you can identify yourself with the character, his analysis his shallow, he does nothing but stating the obvious.
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6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Witty and Fun with a Dash of Unexpected Awkwardness 23 décembre 2014
Par Robin Snyder - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Have you ever had a defining moment in your life where certain insights about yourself that should have been obvious finally come into focus and you have that AH HA moment? That moment where it becomes clear to you why you made the decisions you did, everyone else knew this about you but you didn’t. Josh had a moment like that at 25, when he realizes that the relationship he thought he was currently in was less than he thought it was. Josh’s best friend has just told him that the girl he thought was his girlfriend was actually someone else’s girlfriend and Josh was the last to know.

Josh realizes then that he is 25 and never had a real girlfriend and in true High Fidelity (great John Cussack movie)fashion decides to revisit some of his prior near misses at coupledom to figure out why.

TOP FIVE things I liked about this book:

1. I Liked Josh as a narrator. He is funny and has interesting observations about the world. He sees things a little uniquely as he is missing 5 of something most people have, toes that is. He is also missing a foot, calf and femur all on the same side of his body luckily. But he keeps it pretty light and he has made some rules for himself.

1. Never be a burden.
2. Never be different.

2. Not only is Josh missing a leg he also was homeschooled until 9th Grade by some very Christian conservative parents. This totally leads to some funny dialogue on how to talk your parents into letting you go to public school or date before 16.

Mom and Dad weren’t so excited about the idea. Christian school, maybe. But public school? It was a well-known fact among Christian homeschoolers that public schools were bastions of gangs, drugs, teen, pregnancy, rap music, pop culture, secular humanism, witchcraft, and body piercings.

3. Some of the stories were funny and reminded me just how awkward I felt when I was in that middle school/high school age group. When you used your friends as go betweens for all of your critical information.
4. There are fun little charts and graphs along the way to illustrate a few key points in the stories. I totally liked these as almost all of them made me laugh a little.
5. Generally I like Josh’s life to date. I may even read his other motivational book and like it a little more. Josh had some great insights into people and how they react around those who are different. Sometimes avoiding and other times overcompensating.

And people never know what you’re supposed to do when the one-legged guy falls down. Are you allowed to laugh at him? Should you help him up? Maybe take him to therapy?

Josh is an interesting person and while I liked the stories about dating and trying to date I think I would have like even more stories just about his life in general.

TOP FIVE minor issues:

1. I enjoyed the first 3 stories about Josh and him clearly not understanding the signals these girls were putting out for him or how just unsure we feel when we are younger and why. But by the time we got to the college years I really wanted him to clue in already. Still every story had really great moments in it.
2. Did every girl have to be spectacularly beautiful? Okay so maybe this is a case of beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that but still at least 3 girls seemed to be liked based solely on their looks more than who they actually were as people.
3. I would have liked just a little more resolution with a few of the girls in the book. I know that ‘that’ is not how real life plays out most of the time but there were definitely 2 stories that really had hoped for just a little bit more from the other party.
4. While I liked that Josh figured things out and had that AH HA moment followed by success in the realm of dating it did seem slightly tacked onto the end. I really hoped for a little more about his currently relationship perhaps. However I did like how it was shown that he grew to trust someone else with all of himself including that he too needs help sometimes.
5. I really don’t have a 5, but 5 is a really good number. It's prime, its the fifth Fibonacci number and its easy to count with since most people have 5 fingers and toes.

All and all Josh is a likable guy to spend a book with. He has some interesting stories and I think I’d check out his other book since with some variation of the story content I would most likely enjoy it more. Still it was an interesting take on dating, emotions and being truly comfortable with who you are.

Thank you to Little, Brown and Company via Netgalley for the ARC. All quotes were from an uncorrected proof and may not be in the final book.g
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A fun memoir? YES! 2 janvier 2015
Par Melissa @ The Reader and the Chef - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
This is the first time I read a memoir and I'm so happy that it turned out to be a fantastic read. Actually, hilarious is the right word. I laughed so hard with Josh's unsuccessful attempts to get himself a girlfriend when he was younger that I actually feel a bit bad about my reaction because it shouldn't be funny, but the way Josh tells it makes it impossible NOT to laugh.

We Should Hang Out Sometime doesn't really feel like a memoir (not that I know much about them) but like I said, it's extremely entertaining and I found myself rooting for Josh and groaning or feeling embarrassed for him every time something would go wrong on his dates (or when he would ask someone out). This is the kind of book that makes you want to put down just to deal with the intense embarrassment, or to cry out loud "OH YOU DID NOT!", and then break out laughing.

I liked how Josh writes about every almost-relationship he ever had. He goes from explaining the background of each girl-why he liked her, what he did when the time came to take the next step-to then pointing out his hypothesis and meeting up with said girl in the present and asking her about it (the nerve!). It was brave of his part (and a bit stalkerish too) to seek answers like that, and then make it publicly in this book. But awesome nonetheless.

To be honest, I had never heard about Josh Sundquist before this book. I didn't know he's famous, or that he's an amputee, or that at age 25, he had never had a girlfriend. But now, I can call myself a fan of his. I liked his upbeat personality while telling us about his memories and about his theories, and I can certainly see why he's a great motivational speaker. I highly recommend this book! I'm certain you will enjoy it.
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Funny and Yet So Awkward That I Can't Look Away 13 janvier 2015
Par Paul - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
In this disarming, charming memoir, Josh Sundquist focuses on one topic: why at the age of 25, he has not had a real girlfriend. A paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor, Sundquist begins his boy-girl tale on a bus to a church retreat with a game of "Truth or Dare." Sundquist writes with the self-defacing (often humiliating) humor of some of the more polished comedians like Mindy Kalling and Tina Fey as he details a handful of brief or non-existent relationships with girls from his middle school, high school, and college days. Aren't we all curious what really went down with that boy or girl that we went out with once, or that conversation we overheard that time when Sarah said she liked John? Sundquist went on a sort of quest to track down these girls and, over coffee or chance encounters at the mall, to ask each girl, "Hey, did you ever like me? What did I miss or do wrong?" While I was reading the book, I was simultaneously impressed by and embarrassed for him. The honesty and willingness to let us see his awkward teenaged self--made all the more discomfiting by the fact that he had lost one leg to cancer when he was nine years old-- sold me on the story. As a girl, I always wondered what those middle school and high school boys thought of me. The answer, if Sundquist's experiences are universally true, is that the boys were as clueless and awkward as I was. Although Sudnquist's story ends too abruptly and "happily ever after," he does come to a profound realization about his handicap and his physical difference that he had always told himself didn't matter. He writes, "If I was honest with myself, this was why I had really begun the investigation. I had hoped the girls I interviewed would tell me that I had been too nerdy, or too serious, or too silly, or too anything, really. In fact, I would have even considered my investigation successful if one or two of the girls had told me they didn't want to date me because I was an amputee....But of course, no girls had told me that. The truth was, I was the one who had a problem with my disability..."
As a middle school and high school librarian at an all girls school, I read this book in one sitting, excited about how much my girls would enjoy it. I think that boys, too will enjoy reading this awful, humiliating truth that someone like them has finally admitted to.I hope that Sundquist continues to bare his soul so we can all watch.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A fun look back on romance gone wrong 3 janvier 2015
Par Nicole Hewitt - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
3.5/5 Stars

This book was something different for me. I don't tend to read non-fiction, but this book seemed like a good "bridge-book" from contemporary fiction over to non-fiction since Josh was telling the stories of his failed crushes over the years. Indeed, it did read a bit like fiction sometimes - and it was great fun! I'm glad I gave this one a try!

What I LOVED:

Funny!
There are parts of this book that are just outright hilarious. Josh handles people's varied reactions to his disability with wit and charm (and there are times that you really wonder what people are thinking!). And Josh's early years are peppered with funny moments. His parents' somewhat narrow viewpoints are also handled with fun humor (I appreciated some of the homeschooling jokes because I homeschool my kids - I promise I've never told them that kids in public schools are all in gangs or anything!). The first half of the book is especially humorous. I enjoyed Josh's personality and his writing style. And though some of his actions made me cringe, I was happy to see his story come to a happy ending!

The conclusion.
I was actually a bit nervous about Josh's overall message for a while there - I was starting to wonder if he was going to claim that none of the issues he'd had in relationships really had anything to do with him at all. He seemed to kind of ignore the fact that some of his behaviors and personality traits might have been a little quirky and have something to do with his lack of relationships. And it seemed like he wasn't really learning anything throughout the book. But, in the end, he had a bit of an epiphany about himself and realized that his lack of self-confidence was really hurting him - and he realized where that lack was coming from. So, in the end, the story was inspirational and sweet.

The graphs.
Throughout the book are funny little graphs that Josh created about his relationships. They added a really fun element to the book that I loved!

The negatives:

Got repetitive.
Here's the one problem with a book like this. Since this is non-fiction, we don't get a fictional happy ending to each story - or, really, often, any sort of ending at all. And all of the stories started to blend together a little bit - since Josh's lack of self-confidence and his failure to follow-through on any of his crushes plagued him pretty much his entire life (at least up until the short happy ending we are given), his interactions started to get a little frustrating by the second half of the book. And I get it - he's a real person and that's really how things played out - he didn't really grow as a person in the area of relationships until after most of the stories were completed, so we don't get to see a lot of the growth that we'd like to see in a main character in a book. (Because ... well ... he's not a character ... he's a guy who took a little while to figure some things out about himself). Because of this, I LOVED the way the book started, and I enjoyed the ending, but it started to lag a bit in the middle. I also wish we'd gotten a little bit more of the happy ending story (I actually saw a video of Josh's proposal on his website, and it felt like a nice little epilogue to the book - I also loved seeing Josh in person because he comes off as more personable than I expected him to based on his descriptions of himself in his book).

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Even though the book did start to feel a little repetitive and lose some steam in the middle, I'd still recommend it as a quick, fun read!. I give it 3.5/5 stars.

***DISCLAIMER: I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Epic book. Awesome. 16 février 2015
Par Phee Grigor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I've loved Josh Sundquist for awhile - his speeches, his YouTube channel. Just Don't Fall etc, but this book topped it off. The idea of a book like this was completely new and unheard of and that made this book seriously enjoyable. Even if a random stranger stumbled across this book, thay'd fall in love immediately....unlike Josh.

Oh, and even better, his author profile had a selfie.
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