Author: Jessica Pan Series: Standalone Genre: Non Fiction Release Date: May 28, 2019 Book Length: 368 pages Publisher: DoubleDay Review: 4/5
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? Jessica Pan is going to find out.
When she found herself jobless and friendless, sitting in the familiar Jess-shaped crease on her sofa, she couldn’t help but wonder what life might have looked like if she had been a little more open to new experiences and new people, a little less attached to going home instead of going to the pub.
So, she made a vow: to push herself to live the life of an extrovert for a year. She wrote a list: improv, a solo holiday and… talking to strangers on the tube. She regretted it instantly.
Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come follows Jess’s hilarious and painful year of misadventures in extroverting, reporting back from the frontlines for all the introverts out there.
But is life actually better or easier for the extroverts? Or is it the nightmare Jess always thought it would be?
As an introvert myself, this was super inspiring to me. I love the way Jessica Pan writes, and I really enjoyed the adventure this book took me on through her year of extroverting.
Some of the things she did, like stand up comedy, I have to say sound absolutely horrifying to me, even after having read that she did it and survived – even making some new friends along the way. I liked how she didn’t try to sugar coat anything – when she failed, or something embarrassing happened to her, she still included it as part of the story (and rightfully so). This isn’t supposed to be a book about how she “cured” her introversion, rather, it is a book about how even introverts can enjoy the thrill that comes from putting themselves out there and making new friends, networking, and trying new things.
This was an informative, fun, interesting book that made me want to be more open to new experiences, and not let introversion or shyness get in the way.