Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir
Release Date: December 23rd 2014
Source: Bought at Barnes & Noble
A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker.
Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.
For twenty-three hours.
In eighth grade.
Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?
The results of Josh’s semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to 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.
If you don’t know who Josh Sundquist is, he is a YouTuber and you should look him up because he is an awesome person.
I heard about this book from multiple people and had seen it around, but until recently, I didn’t know that it was memoir. I try to read non fiction every now and then because it’s nice to read real and true, not fiction.
I bought this book and when I got home, I read the first few pages. Those first few pages ended up being 30 in a matter of minutes. I found this book so incredibly relatable. I, like Josh, am I bit awkward when it comes to romance. I felt the pain and second hand embarrassment that came from this book.
This book is so funny and heartfelt, and all you want to do is give Josh a big hug. This is more than a book about failed romances. It’s about accepting yourself and knowing that you have to love yourself before you give your love to someone else. Even though his attempts at relationships didn’t end well, this story has a happy ending that made me cry.
Overall, this is more than a book about romance. It’s about acceptance. You should most definitely hang out sometime with this book.
(Date read: March 12, 2015)