Ahoy there me mateys! I received this memoir eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
sorry i’m late, i didn’t want to come: one introvert’s year of saying yes (Jessica Pan)
Title: sorry i’m late, i didn’t want to come: one introvert’s year of saying yes
Author: Jessica Pan
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: Tomorrow!! (paperback/e-book)
Okay so I be an introvert from an entire family of very extroverted people. The ma can meet and talk to anyone and makes life-long friends everywhere she goes. Me sis loves parties and tons of people hanging out at her house. I be a tough ol’ salt who has a withering glare, a distaste for crowds, and a cutless for prodding if ye get too close. And yet I be the weird one. Bah! As I grown older and even more set in me ways, I like nothing more than long nights at sea with me book and me bunk and the peace of the waves. So when I saw this title it made me laugh and I had to give it a go.
And the author’s journey is hell, pure and simple. I was impressed. I can talk to strangers if I must. Though the sails end up tattered and all hope was nearly lost, I have survived public speaking engagements. A Captain must do such things or face mutiny. But doing improv or performing stand-up comedy. I would rather slit me own throat. I am an introvert who despises having to force extrovertedness at all costs. Only for survival mateys!
I ended up having a decent time reading this one. I certainly found the first half of the book much more to me taste then the second half. I feel that the latter part of her year seemed to be discussed in less detail. It was less about the interesting people she met and more about the social situations liking traveling alone or taking magic mushrooms or more comedy nights. I have no interest in the mushrooms and no problems traveling alone. So I did get a bit bored. But ultimately I applaud this kindred introvert and her pluck. Congrats matey. I raise me grog in toast. Arrrr!
So lastly . . .
Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing!
Side note: for the large majority of introverts on me crew, if ye haven’t read quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking then I suggest giving it a gander!
Goodread’s website has this to say about the novel:
An introvert spends a year trying to live like an extrovert with hilarious results and advice for readers along the way.
What would happen if a shy introvert lived like a gregarious extrovert for one year? If she knowingly and willingly put herself in perilous social situations that she’d normally avoid at all costs? Writer Jessica Pan intends to find out. With the help of various extrovert mentors, Jessica sets up a series of personal challenges (talk to strangers, perform stand-up comedy, host a dinner party, travel alone, make friends on the road, and much, much worse) to explore whether living like an extrovert can teach her lessons that might improve the quality of her life. Chronicling the author’s hilarious and painful year of misadventures, this book explores what happens when one introvert fights her natural tendencies, takes the plunge, and tries (and sometimes fails) to be a little bit braver.
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