I recently reviewed the AMAZING Clear My Name by Paula Daly for Penguin Random House that was gifted to me by Hayley Barnes, then she asked would I like the opportunity to review Jessica Pan’s new non-fiction read Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want To Come, and of course I did! So thanks Hayley!
Sorry I’m Late…. is a non – fiction read that follows Jessica’s year of hilarious and painful misadventures as she tries to become more extrovert, leaving her shy introvert self for a year and report back from the frontline on behalf of all introverts.
This read is Jessica’s second book that’s out in two days, in variously glorious formats. You can get your own copy to enjoy here! The first book of hers was Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults which I 100% need in my life!
What would happen if a shy introvert lived as an out-and-out extrovert for one year? Jessica Pan is about 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?
How many times have you made plans to go out, you’ve been super excited, then the horrid dread creeps in. Am I wearing the right thing? Who’s going? etc. Many a times, I have cancelled plans and ended up just going to bed early with a cuppa and my newest read. Not all of us can be the social party animals that we sometimes wish that we could be. This read teaches you that it’s fine, you don’t need to go on 48 hour benders and host wild extravagant dinner parties to have a happy life. Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want To Come is quite empowering and I’m going to love cheering about it.
Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want To Come does what it says on the tin, it’ll make you giggle but it’ll also make you realise that some activities that you find easy to undergo, may be someone’s worst nightmare, from making friends to hosting a dinner party. Jessica has moved from a place where everyone tells you what they think of you, to London where the act of talking to a stranger is a monstrous behaviour! I wasn’t aware before going into this book how there are various types of introverts, there is shy introvert, in which Jessica is self – proclaimed and social introverts which I tend to fall under. This book made me realise that it’s fine!
My favourite chapter had to be where Jessica sets out to meet new friends, she wants something like Sex in the City, who she can drink wine with and have the best WhatsApp group. This turns Jessica into a serial dater on the journey of friendship. Hilariously witty, and surprisingly relatable. Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want To Come is an absorbingly light-hearted read that is all cards on the table truth, from the trials and tribulations networking, travelling solo and conducting a dinner party (with fears of it turning out like that awful Come Dine With Me episode!).
Overall, a great, well rounded engaging read that I really enjoyed reading, Jessica put herself out there and I think that Sorry I’m Late…. will help people who hope to venture out of their comfort zone a little nudge, I certainly will be trying! Buy it, for yourself, a friend, you just need it!
Thank you again Hayley for the copy!