Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come by Jessica Pan

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come

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 experience...

Details Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come

TitleSorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come
Release DateMay 30th, 2019
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come

  • Toni
    I'm not a shintrovert (shy introvert - a term I was not familiar with before reading this book). I enjoy working with people and speaking to them. Yet, I do need my private time and space and reading to recharge my batteries. I have always been happy with this and a company of my fantastic friends who do not see being an introvert or extrovert as better or worse than the other. Reading 'Sorry, I'm late ' was like talking to a friend, a witty, iro...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I don't know if I'm an introvert. I know I'm perceived as an extrovert, so much so that when I moved into my current job, one of the librarians who would have to report to me sent me an article about how to care for introverts (ha!) But I have my own hill to climb to actually go out or show up. And I usually enjoy myself if I can hole up with a small group or one person (Gallup calls this the relator strength and doesn't bother with the E/I dicho...
  • The Captain
    Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this memoir eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .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 cut...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to ComeOne Introvert's Year of Saying Yesby Jessica PanThis is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary.This is a witty and clever book that I enjoyed reading. I can say relate to some of it. It has humor and is a good feeling book. I did find she repeated herself a lot. Worth the read.
  • Sara Tucker
    As an introvert with occasionally crippling social anxiety, I regarded Jess Pan's book warily. I saw the cover online, laughed at the icing-on-the-cake image, and then gave the subtitle a little side-eye. An introvert… saying yes… for a whole year? Say it ain't so.Alas, Pan pulled me in with enticing  hopes of being more extroverted without it costing me my sanity, and I'm very happy I gave this one a chance.I'll start off by saying that mot...
  • Jennifer
    This is the EXACTLY the book I needed.I don't think I have ever written a book, but reading this one makes me think I have. I too am a 30 something, shy, introverted, small town Texas girl who has no idea how to have a conversation (that doesn't involve ghosts or dogs) or make friends. I'm not Chinese, Aries or named Jessica (Pan) but I would have been if my cousin hadn't been born first, forcing my Mom to "get creative" and name me Jennifer (Ann...
  • Michelle
    Jessica Pan is an introvert and it is extremely difficult for her to make friends. She bails on engagements, is terrible at small talk, and the only friend she really has his her husband Sam. She decides to change all of this by going out into the world and researching the best ways to connect to people and gives herself a year to really make a change.This books takes her from Improv to learning how to have a meaningful conversation with another ...
  • Rachel
    *thank you to to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*3 stars.As an introvert I thought that this would be right up my alley. And to some degree it was. I could relate to certain parts of it but there was still alot that made me realise just how much of an introvert I am as I felt that the people in these short stories were more outgoing than I am, so for that reason there was alot that ...
  • Jeannette
    Upfront, I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for possibly reviewing it.I LOVED this book. I am an Introvert with a Myers-Briggs I. This book was on my TBR as soon as I saw the title. I'm not a shintrovert like the author. I have to pretend to be an extrovert for work, and it is exhausting! What's a shintrovert? Read the book. Still, I could relate to her story on so many levels. Oddly enough, I have also lived in Beiji...
  • Karen
    As a fellow introvert, I can definitely relate to a lot of Jessica Pan's experiences and struggles. Pan had a goal of breaking out of her shell and enlisted the help and advice of some experts along the way. Her story is shared with lots of insight and plenty of humor. This book was a lot of fun to read and I learned a few things too. While I won't be signing up for stand-up classes anytime soon, I definitely could benefit from breaking out of my...
  • McKenzie/literarydragon
    Published May 28th I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.If you’re an introvert go get a copy of this book! OMG! This book! It was like reading a mirror. In my notes I wrote “this lady might actually be me.” I mean she even moved to China and took a job that terrified her. I took a job in China that forced me to spend 18 hours a week teaching a class of strangers and the other 22 hours planning (read stressing) a...
  • Juliana
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this digital ARC.I would actually round this up to 3.5 stars. I liked this book but I wasn't quite sure what to expect. As a social introvert, the premise of this book intrigued me and made me cringe at the same time. I figured it would be something similar to Yes Man but it really wasn't. Jessica Pan basically threw herself out of her comfort zone and tried things to help her understand her anxiety. T...
  • Susanne
    Thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book - Jessica Pan takes us into her world as a "shintrovert" (shy introvert) and what she experienced during a year of trying to live more like an extrovert. Her writing style is warm, witty and personable, and it's hard to believe that she really is introverted and shy. I am definitely more of an extrovert, and found hearing h...
  • Madalina Negrea
    How far would you go in order to make friends (in a foreign country, in a busy city)?Jessica Pan goes the whole nine yards, which is admirable. She challenges herself to overcome her natural shyness, to leave her comfort zone and live as an extrovert for a year. And she does it by the book: she sets her target, does research (sometimes on Google!), talks to specialists (not necessarily licensed, anyone with a vast experience should do!), puts the...
  • Megan Byrd
    A self-proclaimed "shintrovert" (shy introvert), Jessica is living in London with her husband and feeling lonely now that all of her good friends moved away. She decides to try to live more like an extrovert for a year to see if she can find new good friends. She tries things like talking to strangers, public speaking, an improv class, and hosting a dinner party. I enjoyed hearing her research and experiences. Some of them made my heart rate incr...
  • Heather Wood
    If the title of this book speaks to you, you absolutely need to get a copy! Pan tells her story of stepping out of her introvert shell with relatable and laugh out loud humor. While reading there were so many things that made me think, made me stop because I was laughing so hard, or made me say "Oh my goodness, me too!"!Really looking forward to the audiobook version of this, I'll be snapping that up ASAP!I recieved an ARC of this book in exchang...
  • Rachel Kapelke-Dale
    Made me laugh so much! I loved the "mentors" along the way. Plus I loved the adventures in London, Paris, Edinburgh, and the forest. Funny, inspiring, brilliant.
  • Danielle Locklair
    Oh man I devoured this story from the very beginning!!! It was hilarious and very relatable! Highly recommend! I will be buying this in hard copy when it comes out.
  • Melissa
    4.5/5Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come is a collection of stories from Jessica Pan during her one-year journey towards being more extroverted (as a way to meet new people and make new friends). First off, let me stress the fact that there is nothing wrong with being shy and introverted. Jess knows this (I'm just going to call her Jess from here on out because at this point, I feel like we could totally be bffs), but decided to challenge her...
  • Jen
    This is a tricky one to review, in that Jessica Pan's writing is quite good in an informal, chatty, magazine style and is clearly well researched - but I'm not really sure about the concept. The synopsis is: "An introvert spends a year trying to live like an extrovert with hilarious results and advice for readers along the way..." In a time where we have had Susan Cain's book "Quiet", which Pan even makes reference to, it seems a shame that intro...
  • Elizabeth Buttrick
    Part memoir, part self-help, Jessica Pan takes on a challenge that literally makes my palms sweat and heart race, and lives to relay the tale. In recounting her experience “extroverting” for a year, she shares tips and tricks that seem basic enough for a 10 year old, but are helpful for introverts like me for whom holding a conversation with a stranger is a mentally demanding task. There were parts of the book I related to less than others, m...
  • Eva
    This was a charming, hilarious, poignant book. It picked me from the title because it's definitely me.The writer is a shintrovert who finds herself in an unhappy place (cold London, all friends abroad, lonely) and decides to go through a year of extroverting.If you ever dreaded your birthday party so much you told friends and family only the day before, or every time you had to talk to a group of people, or generally be the centre of attention, t...
  • Cristie Underwood
    I loved this book! It shows just how amazing those experiences that we think are going to be uncomfortable can be if we push past our anxiety and experience new things!
  • MP
    I wanted to immediately give this book to several people as I was reading this laugh out loud memoir by a 30ish “shintrovert” (shy introvert) who decides to undertake a year long experiment being more like an extrovert. It was such a refreshing lesson on connecting with other humans face to face, even when it means having to deal with intimidating strangers in unfamiliar surroundings. Jessica Pan is an American transplant in England. Feeling ...
  • Katinstockholm
    A funny and charming account of how shy introvert Jessica Pan spent one year living as an extrovert. This is an easy read as Jessica has the ability to carry you along in her story. You feel as if you are there with her when she climbs on stage and attends networking events to get over her fears. As a fellow introvert (although maybe not to the same extent as Jessica), I really enjoyed learning the mechanics behind how she overcame her anxiety an...
  • Amanda Taddey
    I really liked this book! Jessica spends a year of her life doing things that scare her in hopes of breaking through her shyness. I was so impressed by the steps she took to make new friends and put herself out there. I found this book to be so relatable and was inspired by Jessica’s year of living like an extrovert. She includes tips and lessons learned by her mentors along the way and I love that she invited all her new friends and acquaintan...
  • Edna
    n 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...