Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: One Introvert's Year of Saying Yes

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: One Introvert's Year of Saying Yes

by Jessica Pan


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An introvert spends a year trying to live like an extrovert with hilarious results and advice for readers along the way.

What would happen if a shy introvert lived like a gregarious extrovert for one year? If she knowingly and willingly put herself in perilous social situations that she’d normally avoid at all costs? Writer Jessica Pan intends to find out. With the help of various extrovert mentors, Jessica sets up a series of personal challenges (talk to strangers, perform stand-up comedy, host a dinner party, travel alone, make friends on the road, and much, much worse) to explore whether living like an extrovert can teach her lessons that might improve the quality of her life. Chronicling the author’s hilarious and painful year of misadventures, this book explores what happens when one introvert fights her natural tendencies, takes the plunge, and tries (and sometimes fails) to be a little bit braver.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449499235
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 39,144
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JESSICA PAN is a journalist whose work has appeared in the Guardian’s Weekend magazine, The Cut, Refinery29, and Vice, among others. She has a degree in psychology from Brown University and is the coauthor of Graduates in Wonderland, an epistolary memoir about living in Beijing and Paris. She previously worked as a TV reporter and magazine editor in Beijing and now lives in London. Find her @JessicaLPan on Twitter and @JessyPanPan on Instagram.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Introduction xi

The Sauna, A Story or Rock Bottom 1

Talking to Strangers or New People 11

Shaking in the Spotlight or Stage Fright 35

Heart Problems, A Real-Life Interlude 59

In Search of the One or Friend-Dating 69

Crowd Control or Networking 91

The Wedding in Germany, A Real-Life Interlude 109

Free-Falling or Improvisation 117

Everest or Stand-up Comedy 131

Talking to Men, A Real-Life Interlude 153

La-La Land or Traveling Solo 165

Scotch Courage or Stand-up Comedy, Round II 187

Introvert into the Woods, A Real-Life Interlude 193

Redemption or Stand-up Comedy, Round III 205

Come Dine with Me or Hosting a Dinner Party 213

Introvert. Extrovert. Convert? Conclusion 229

A Note on Introversion and Methodology 237

Notes 239

Acknowledgments 251

About the Author 255

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