We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist was exactly what my poor overworked brain was looking for in the past few days. It was a quick read that flashed me back to middle school, then high school, then last year. Turns out a history of anyone’s dating life (or lack thereof) at some point (most points, really) will coincide with feelings that anybody will have felt.
Reading this book felt like that night you have with newish friends when everyone is a couple of beers in and starts comparing embarrassing moments, thoughts, and dating stories. The common theme of these stories usually boils down to, you were too embarrassed or self conscious to act and the very decision to not act is, retrospectively, embarrassing. Josh Sundquist’s reason for self consciousness is certainly more unique than the rest of us probably experienced (his left leg was amputated from the hip down at a very young age) but the feelings and insecurities he experienced are pretty universal.
We find out throughout the book that Josh Sundquist is a motivational speaker. It may have been because I had that little tidbit in the back of my brain while reading, but it seemed like the motivational speaker tone came through in his story telling style. I have yet to Youtube him (trust me it will happen…especially because I found out he is actually very active on Youtube) but I’m curious to see how these stories sound coming directly from him and in the context of a motivational speech.
Ultimately this was a fun read. It was relatable, funny, and sometimes cringingly honest. As a side note, given how attractive he is in his author picture on the back cover (very) it is a little difficult for me to buy that he’s so awkward. Then again , I suppose it’s all a matter of perspective.