Genre: Young Adult/ Memoir
Summary: Josh Sundquist is a 25-year-old amputee and cancer survivor. He is a famous YouTube star, a Paralympic skiier, and an inspirational speaker. However, Josh has only had one girlfriend, and it only lasted for 23 hours in the 8th grade. This novel is an autobiographical account of Josh’s reflections and experiences with women and relationships from childhood until today. He uses simple hand-drawn graphs to visually depict his shortcomings and analysis on why his dating life has been so unsuccessful.
Thoughts: For me, this book was just okay. At first, I was very amused by Sundquist’s first person stories about his dating struggles, but eventually I became bored. The book is merely a compilation of Josh’s dating failures that follow the same pattern of insecurity, misinterpretation/miscommunication, and finally disappointment for Sundquist. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the graphs that were placed throughout the book. I thought they brought a dry humor to the story. In addition, Sundquist is an inspirational figure and the parts about overcoming cancer and living life as an amputee made the most lasting impression on me. Overall, the book was a light-hearted, easy read that I got through quickly, but it wasn’t anything special.
“But here’s the problem with scripts. They work great in movies. In life? Not so much.”
“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.”
“Just because we don’t get the answers we’re looking for doesn’t mean they aren’t answers nonetheless.”