Author: Josh Sundquist
Publisher: Little, Brown
Genre: Memoir, Humor
Blurb: (from goodreads) 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.
Me: Witty, hilarious, cringe-worthy, second-hand embarrassment...Ahh I loved this book.
The Ups: John Sundquist is HILARIOUS. I adored the subject of this book and the ridiculousness and yet the relatability of wanting to know what old crushes thought about you was unbelievably funny in itself. The humor with which he works in the subject of his amputated leg, his "girlfriend" getting an actual boyfriend (news flash, it wasn't him) and his disastrous "dates" is light, breezy, and very conversational.
I finished this book in the span of an hour and a half. At first, I felt bad that I had just breezed through it, but then I realized maybe that was how it was supposed to be read.
Because in that short time I learned a few life lessons:
- Love is hard, and usually sucks.
- However, unfortunately for us, we tend to gravitate toward completely unattainable people. (Ahem, book boyfriends)
- That one sentence you said to your crush or that text you overanalyzed? They really don't care.
- When in doubt, one should scour their past and then conduct absolutely crazy and rather stalker-sh experiments and then record their priceless results.
Okay...these lessons may be a bit of an exaggeration, as much of the book is. But needless to say, I fell in love with Josh Sundquist. And I think the main idea of the book, while it may be about romance, is self-discovery and confidence, and how that affects your life.
The Downs: I do feel bad for the poor girls in this book...all of their actions are recorded from a slightly biased point of view for the world to read.
Overall: Funny, endearing, and absolutely priceless. Recommend it to everyone, even people who aren't non-fiction fans.
Rating: 5 kisses!
Hope you liked the review, and the little life lessons along with it!