Hello, my name is Stephenie and I am an introvert. Some of you might be surprised to read this, but it’s true and I’m not ashamed of it. It’s who I am. But challenging myself to become a little more extroverted was intriguing to me which lead me to the book Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan.
If you look up the definition of the word introvert, you will find the following:
introvert (noun): a shy, reticent person.
I’m going to have to politely disagree with Mr. Webster on this one. I am not shy. To me shy is different. I can talk to people and speak publicly if required without breaking into hives. No one would consider me a quiet person. I believe that you can be both outgoing (i.e., not shy) and introverted. When I say that I am introverted, what I am saying is that I like life best when I am alone. Crowds give me anxiety and people tend to annoy me, as people are known to do. I love my friends and enjoy spending time with them, but my first preference is being alone. It’s not personal, it’s just me.
That’s why this book and especially the title grabbed my attention. How many times have I made up excuses not to go somewhere or to some event? (More times than I am willing to admit here.) Being an introvert, this book was a perfect choice for me. I loved how the author challenged herself for an entire year to live outside of her comfort zone and try to become more extroverted. Some of the chapters–like the ones about public speaking and doing stand-up comedy–made me sweat. I found myself speed reading through these chapters because they gave me so much anxiety to read what she was going through. That being said, it was so encouraging to see that she could attempt these extroverted hurdles and live to tell the tale!
The author’s voice is personal, never judgemental, and always funny. She was never preachy and didn’t make me feel like because I am also an introvert that I needed to engage in the same kind of experiment. But I loved reading about her insight and feel that I gained some helpful advice to put myself out there a little more. This book isn’t for everyone–I’m not sure that anyone who isn’t an introvert would enjoy this book (hence the reason for fewer stars)–but I would highly recommend it for all of the introverts out there.
Thank you to Net Galley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
I’m Sorry I Was Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, May 28, 2019
Where I read: In my room…alone.
Stephenie’s Goodreads Rating: 3 out of 5 stars