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We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Funny memoir of a boy trying to get his first girlfriend.

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age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

I wish I had never picked up this book.

It’s really, really badly written. No child or teen should even read this unless you want them to grow up just as insecure and dumb as this main character. He gets embarrassed even in the presence of a female and at times, when he interacts with them it seems like borderline harassment. He picks certain words and phrases to trap them in a conversation where they can’t deny him or turn him away. There’s nothing to even learn from this book.. he just picks the girls he likes based on how hot they look to him. He mentions the girls he talks to are hot several times and says they’re out of his league, yet he still pursues them. He even pursued a girl who already had someone she was dating but was on a break with. Just.. why? This book is so badly written.. it’s so cringe.. I wish I never read it. He’s just a degenerate and I wouldn’t be surprised if he grew up to post on Reddit and prey on girls on Discord for the rest of his life.
age 13+

Quite Disappointing

I merely finished this book in hopes that it would get better and because I hate leaving books unfinished. It was not terrible, and it was not good. The plot was not interesting, not really humorous as the cover suggested, and didn't really teach me anything except the fact that some guys merely look for girls for their looks and for attempts to make advances on them (i.e. kiss them, grind on them). Not very well written either. Easy to say he didn't understand women from a young age. I could see why middle school boys or girls who haven't found themselves would like this book though. Pretty disappointing. Wouldn't recommend. Doesn't teach good lessons.

Is It Any Good?

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Readers will be impressed by Josh's humor, vulnerability, and some of the universal truths he sums up in WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME. They'll relate to his comments about how awkward first kisses always are, or how, in middle school at least, "not having to actually interact with my new girlfriend definitely made the having-a-girlfriend part way easier."

Silly graphs and Venn diagrams along the way reinforce Josh's pseudo-scientific approach while helping make the book a fast-paced read. In the end, readers new to dating will appreciate the lessons about self-acceptance and learning to deal with rejection -- as well as examples of how, when it comes to romance, everyone basically feels confused and mortified most of the time.

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