We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story

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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 ...

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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/13/2014
In an autobiographical account that’s equal parts hilarious and cringe-inducing, Sundquist—a Paralympic ski racer, cancer survivor, and motivational speaker—uses scientific methodology, complete with hypotheses and graphs, to analyze his not-so-successful history with women. Having an amputated leg never stopped Josh from attempting to date girls while he was growing up, but his insecurities and misinterpretations led to some awkward (and funny) moments. For example, there was the time he fell down on a golf date and ended up with his artificial foot pointing the wrong way (“You can’t imagine the horror on the faces of the other golfers as they stared at a leg apparently so severely fractured that the foot was now capable of rotating 180 degrees”). From Josh’s first “relationship” in middle school (which lasted 23 hours) to later ones in college, romance never had time to blossom. 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. Ages 12–up. Agent: Lucy Carson, Friedrich Agency. (Dec.)
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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

From the Publisher
Praise for We Should Hang Out Sometime:
"[A] laugh-out-loud memoir...This is a unique, earnest, and funny coming-of-age story about Sundquist's experiences as a cancer survivor, amputee, Paralympic ski racer, and motivational speaker. Readers will appreciate the humorous and often embarrassingly accurate tales depicted in the pages of this book."—SLJ

"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

VOYA, February 2015 (Vol. 37, No. 6) - Mary Ann Darby
When Josh turns twenty-five, he realizes that he has never had a girlfriend. Being an intelligent and analytical sort of person, he decides to go back and examine his failed relationships with girls, including follow-up interviews with each of the girls he had pursued, starting with Sarah Stevens in eighth grade. Factors that he considers significant include his serious bout with cancer as a child that leaves him with only one leg; conservative Christian parents whose conviction that public schools are cesspools of evil have Josh home-schooled until he starts high school; and his parents’ refusal to allow him to date until he is sixteen. From eighth-grade Sarah through a young woman he meets when he is a motivational speaker after college, Josh walks through each of six failed relationships recounting his impressions, hand-drawing amusing graphs of “data,” and summarizing a years-later conversation with each. His research shows him that through all of his failed relationships, it was he who had been too fixated on his disability, which he had been sure must have been dooming relationships. He finally realizes that this is not the case at all. Pegged as being a “wholly hilarious” story, this seems to be a story for graduates of the Wimpy Kid series, as it is not well written, nor, to this reviewer, funny. Josh’s description of his incredibly conservative parents, who are quite sure dances are only good for girls to become pregnant, seems sad. His stories feel like perpetrations of stereotypes rather than humorous. The author has a following, both as a video blogger and as a motivational speaker, so his followers will no doubt welcome this book with open arms. But for junior and high school libraries with budget considerations, this book does not need to be on the high-priority list. Reviewer: Mary Ann Darby; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
10/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Sundquist, a motivational speaker, author, and Paralympic ski racer (he lost his left leg to Ewing's sarcoma at age nine), has had terrible luck with the ladies. In this laugh-out-loud memoir, he attempts to figure out why he can't catch a break, exploring the matter scientifically by analyzing and hypothesizing about each of his failed relationships, starting with his first girlfriend in the eighth grade. Sundquist tracks down the various women he's dated and interviews them to test his hypotheses. Each section of the book is dedicated to a different girlfriend and time period in Josh's life. His various theories are often illustrated through hilarious charts and graphs, adding to the lab report feel of the book. This is a unique, earnest, and funny coming-of-age story about Sundquist's experiences as a cancer survivor, amputee, Paralympic ski racer, and motivational speaker. Readers will appreciate the humorous and often embarrassingly accurate tales depicted in the pages of this book.—Annalise Ammer, City of Rochester Public Libraries, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-01
A fondness for math plus a self-deprecating sense of humor equals Sundquist's memoir of dating and self-acceptance. Who says you won't use math and science later in life? Reflecting on spending 25 years without a girlfriend, Paralympic skier Sundquist quirkily applies the scientific method to his attempts at dating from eighth grade to college. Was he rejected because he studied SAT words for fun? Or maybe because he accidentally chopped down a tree with his prosthesis? To test his hypotheses, he interviews each girl and reaches a startling, surprisingly emotional conclusion that gives new meaning to the phrase "It's not you, it's me." This is no dry dissection, however; as Sundquist notes, "fighting emotion with logic is like bringing a calculator to a knife fight." Nor does it fall into an overtly inspirational, relentlessly cheerful tone. 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. Readers will learn about love, self-esteem and even Venn diagrams thanks to tongue-in-cheek visual aids ribbing everything from Sundquist's limb count to bad pickup lines, 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. (Memoir. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316251020
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 12/23/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 40,316
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh Sundquist is a Paralympic ski racer, cancer survivor, video blogger, motivational speaker and mediocre rapper. Every Tuesday, Josh releases a new video to 150,000+ viewers on his YouTube channel. He is the author of national bestseller Just Don't Fall. As a motivational speaker, Josh speaks at college campuses, high schools, and corporations, such as Google. His website is joshsundquist.com.
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  • Posted December 24, 2014

    Humans, I really have to stop declaring that I KNOW that I'm goi

    Humans, I really have to stop declaring that I KNOW that I'm going to love a book because I've been striking out lately. I KNEW that We Should Hang Out Sometime would be awesome and hilarious but instead it was one dimensional and repetitive.

    I read the synopsis of this book a few months ago and I was SOLD, it was gonna be like that Adam Brody movie Some Girl(s) but this book wasn't for me. We meet Josh I think in the eighth grade and I get it, eighth graders are weird and scared of rejection, but then that's how he was at 14, then 16, then 17, throw in college, and he is still this way in his late twenties. WHAT? That doesn't sound like any change to me, oh wait, there wasn't. It was the exact same story over and over again, and none of it made sense! I just, this book wasn't for me. 

    The main problem I had with this book was that his entire goal in life was to have a girlfriend; he even said that he wanted to kiss any willing girl. HAVE BETTER GOALS! I get that this book was about his lack of girlfriends but I wish that we could have focused on anything else. 

    I did like that he drew a lot of graphs and charts to help illustrate his point and I like the cover. It wrapped up nice enough, I guess, though by the end I didn't care at all. 

    Listen, I know that people really like this and I don't want to deter others, this just wasn't a book for me.  

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2015

    A brilliant take on the meandering quest to meaningful love. Jos

    A brilliant take on the meandering quest to meaningful love. Josh brings his viewers on a romantical, mathematical journey to find out why he's experienced such bad luck with the ladies. Josh's writing style is quick, leaving you wanting to rewind his thoughts for a second listen. He is honest about others and about himself - you'll enjoy rooting for Josh as he reaches into the past to interview former love interests and looks to the future to meet his own love story waiting to happen.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2014

    All I really want to write about ¿We Should Hang Out Sometime¿ i

    All I really want to write about “We Should Hang Out Sometime” is a bunch of keyboard slamming with “EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS NOW” at the end of it.  Oh, and a whole bunch of “lols”.   It really is that good, and Josh Sundquist is a master storyteller.

    The book is a somewhat scientific exploration of all of the author’s failed relationships and an attempt to find out where, exactly, they went wrong.  He is a Christian homeschooled amputee with a nerdy side, making him atypical in many ways, but I dare anyone not to find parts of the story that they feel do not come straight out of their own lives.  This is where Sundquist’s genius comes in: He can make us all relate to him, and therefore learn from him.  I, by the way, fell (and still do) solidly in the “let me make a flowchart to minimize the pain of rejection during a social interaction” category.  But I digress.

    There are a lot of laughs in “We Should Hang Out Sometime”, including some of those uncomfortable “should I be laughing at this?” moments.  My advice is to go with it, because trying to keep it in will hurt.  It isn’t only words.  There are hand-drawn charts graphs that are worthy of being made into posters illustrating many key points.

    By the end of the book, the Josh Sundquist has shown remarkable growth as a person and managed to teach us some very good inspirational life lessons.  An excellent, and important, read for middle readers through adults.

    So, in closing:  Mr. Sundquist, we should hang out sometime.  (But not in that way.)

    This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2015

    Love this book

    I enjoyed this book. It was so incredibly funny. I recommend this book to anyone having a serious book hangover or is in a reading slump. It is such a good read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2015

    Great book!

    Loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2014

    We dhould hang out sometime

    This book was so cute, especially the ending. I adored the book and even more so due to it being a true story. I would certianly reccomend this book to any age. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2014

    I read the book and I loved it!

    I read the book and I loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2014

    OMG!!!!! THIS BOOK IS HILARIOUS!!!!!! U HAVE TO READ IT!!!!

    This book is hilarious from the very beging. I have never laughed so much before when i've reead a book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2014

    This is the funnest book I've read in a long time. Josh Sundquis

    This is the funnest book I've read in a long time. Josh Sundquist's book matches the conversational tone of his youtube videos, blending engaging  stories with witty observations and fun, hand drawn graphs and charts. I highly recommend this book to fans of YA everywhere.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2015

    This book helped me realize that no one is really judging you bu

    This book helped me realize that no one is really judging you but yourself.  It’s usually not the flaw that’s the problem; it’s your perception of that flaw. And by learning this, I have been able to accept myself a lot more. 




    As for the book, it was good, but a little repetitive. I get that it was supposed to be that way, but the author could have gone into detail a little bit more. At the end of the book, the author did a “results of the investigation” chapter where he talked about what I said in the paragraph above. He was basically wrapping up the book and saying what he learned. This section was very short, which I did not like. It was only a few pages and could have been so much deeper. If I were to change something about the end, I would have explained, “this idea can apply to other insecurities you might have, not just an amputated leg.” Now, I understood what he meant, but some other people might not be able to read that far into the chapter and might not fully take away what the author wanted them to.




    As for the writing style, I enjoyed reading it. There were multiple occasions where I laughed or felt what the author was feeling during the situation he was describing. I also loved the way he set up the chapters, with the same titled sections for each girl. I loved the use of graphs and charts, which not only helped you understand the authors point, but also added personality to the book.




    Generally speaking, I was entertained while reading the book and I could definitely relate to it in some ways. I would read this author again. The writing style was enjoyable and it was an all around good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2015

    Hey

    Hey i think your really cool i like you alot maybe we can hang out or something

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2015

    You Should Read This Sometime

    I loved Josh's character throughout the whole book! He made it seem so real for any guy or girl who feels like they aren't good enough to have a boy/girlfriend. Overall, I would recommend this book to any teenager who feels like they don't get the attention they would like from their crush. Not only does the book hold the great message of, "patience when it comes to love," but it's absolutley hilarious! So read if you want a laugh and an inspirational message!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2015

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2015

    Most amazing nonficrion book

    I loved this story because it talked about hi love story. I mostly recomeend this stoy to all you not nonfictionn reader . When i alwas ge a nonfiction book i always think its not interesting. But thus book caught my attention!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2015

    Read this.

    Kiss your hand post this on three other books and look under your pillow.

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  • Posted January 16, 2015

    recommended

    Being rejected so often, he continued to seek love. I enjoyed the book.

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  • Posted January 14, 2015

    For a lot of us junior high and high school was tough. And I don

    For a lot of us junior high and high school was tough. And I don't mean glasses and grades. I mean, the whole social thing. The awkwardness, the issues with self-confidence and self-esteem, and the never-quite-fitting-in thing. (You know who you are!)




    Now imagine you've been home-schooled up until your 9th grade year and have no idea what public school is really like. And, oh yeah, you lost a leg to cancer when you were a child.




    Josh tells his story of the transition to public high school and all that comes with it - girls! crushes! dating?! - with all the painful, awkward glory he experienced. He tells his story with charm and grace and humor. I kept thinking, "I would have loved to hang out with this sweet, geeky guy when I was in high school." 




    I laughed with him, cried with him, and rooted for him all the way through the breathless ending.

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  • Posted December 23, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    The subject is a twenty-five year old male contemplating why h


    The subject is a twenty-five year old male contemplating why he hasn’t had a girlfriend his entire life. You might think this is bizarre but it’s not like Josh hasn’t had a relationship with another female his entire life. Josh is concerned because he hasn’t had a serious relationship, a lasting relationship and he wants to know why. Bewildered, Josh begins his own investigative work to answer why he was rejected over the years and to figure out what his future holds. What’s Josh doing? I really couldn’t comprehend why Josh was so fixated about this subject. He’s a guy….he has lots of friends, plus he’s only 25 years-old so why was he so worried about his past. I was anxious to read some of Josh’s stories revealing his previous relationships because I was thinking there had to be a pattern; he had to be missing the clues somewhere along the line. As Josh turns back the pages of time, he begins this journey with his years in high school and it’s an engaging account of the many relationships he has had with his own personal stories thrown in. He’s an amputee, living with strict parents and as I read the stories, I’m can see why Josh had so many friends. He acts like a typical teenager who doesn’t let his disability slow him down. He’s well-liked amongst his peers but the question remains: why he can’t acquire a serious relationship and only Josh can answer that question. His stories are humorous at times and I found myself laughing with him and laughing at the situations that were presented to him. As Josh talks about his physical disability, he’s very accepting of the circumstances that limit his mobility that he truly is an inspiration to others. I enjoyed each of his true stories, each account unique as the chemistry between the characters.
    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest opinion.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 11, 2015

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    Posted January 16, 2015

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