Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014
Audience: All Teens
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.
I was expecting this book to take a humorous look at someone’s past. It wasn’t very humorous - it was thoughtful and kind of depressing, honestly. I think the author had a lot of missed opportunities that weren’t very interesting to read about. I knew why nothing was working out for him as a reader, and it was frustrating to read a whole book and then find out just before the end that he learned what was wrong too. I think this memoir went in the wrong direction - I think it should have been more about what he learned in life (not just his relationships) and a reflection on that. I would have liked to hear more about his successes in life, not a long journey about what was holding him back. Overall, it was well-written, but not the book for me.