Earlier this week, fans of Josh Sundquist, a motivational speaker and Paralympic athlete, received their copies of We Should Hang Out Sometime, his exceptional new memoir. Sundquist is already a renown best-selling author, having released Just Don’t Fall, the story of his struggle with cancer at a very young age. His writing is candid and refreshing, a style readers can easily relate to. He is a bit different, though. He has one leg.
Before delving into We Should Hang Out Sometime, it is beneficial to provide some background on the author. At a young age, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer which resulted in the amputation of his left leg. By his teenage years, however, he was free of cancer and began to pursue professional skiing. Having been home schooled for many years, Sundquist was a superb student and graduated high school a semester early allowing him to move to Colorado to train. In 2006, he donned the United States flag in the Paralympics.
After the Paralympics, the athlete continued to craft a profession as a motivational speaker and author. Backed by nearly 200,000 YouTube subscribers, Sundquist has made a name for himself as a prominent internet personality providing a much-needed positive voice to the vastness of the web. He often centralizes stories involving his disability in his talks to provide deeper insight into real life situations anyone can relate to.
Now, onto We Should Hang Out Sometime, Josh Sundquist’s exceptional new memoir. The novel is based on the author’s love life, dating back to his first crush and ending with the discovery of his first real girlfriend who is now his fiancée. Sundquist writes analytically, breaking down each girl in a very scientific fashion: background with the girl, hypothesis on why it did not work out, and ending in a detailed investigation conducted over a decade later. Sundquist has an incredible hand for comedy, and his self-deprecating style feels honest, forging a way through the stories in a pitiless manner that becomes remarkably relatable, especially if the reader is a guy who has dealt with similar awkwardness.
Even though his disability is the centerpiece of his awkward encounters and self consciousness, the author’s struggle with the opposite sex is often hilariously common, manifesting itself in stories that many men can surely relate to. Sundquist goes farther than most men would go, however, tracking down the women much later in his life to discover the root of his fruitless labors. His findings are introspective and charismatic as he culminates each woman’s account bouncing from coffee shop to coffee shop.
We Should Hang Out Sometime, Josh Sundquist’s exceptional new memoir quickly finds its place as a relatable, beautifully written, forthright, and clever novel. Anyone who has ever had difficulty courting the opposite sex, especially someone who has been debilitated by fear of rejection and failure, will find the book’s message consoling and resassuring. The author does a masterful job not only recounting his experiences, but putting them into a context that makes sense in the grand scheme of dating. It also gives hope to the difficult road to love, alleviating the fear of eternal loneliness that many may suffer. Sundquist’s message is powerful: it always gets better, and there is nothing wrong with being the kid who thinks homework is fun.
Review By Brett Stewart