Biography & Autobiography - Nonfiction

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

Hey there, fellow home bodies. I am here to tell you about a great book I recently read called Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come, by Jessica Pan.

I don’t know about all of you, but I am somebody who is very content being home. I love when plans get canceled. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting to connect with and help people, but after being around people all day, I am someone who needs my alone time in order to function and charge for the next social obligation. This story is a fun read for anyone who has experienced social anxiety, struggles to break out of his or her comfort zone, or knows the pain of trying to make new friends as adults.

The journey of our author follows an introvert who keeps watching those around her socialize, network, make friends with strangers, and utilize their connections. Being someone who keeps to herself as much as possible, she realizes that she may be missing out on many potential opportunities by always keeping to herself and staying in her comfort zone. This realization sends our narrator on a self-betterment journey into the unknown world of socializing. As the author pushes herself to meet new people, overcome her fear of being perceived negatively, and start saying “Yes” to life, as she never has before, it is a delight to watch the author grow and hear her inner thoughts as she pushes herself through the wild world of social interactions. For our introverted readers at home, it is also a delight to get to experience reading the story of someone with similar struggles going out and doing things from the comfort of our own homes.

I grew up extremely shy and had the hardest time making friends until I entered college, so this book hit extremely close to home for me. I hope all of you readers find joy in experiencing the slow progression of an introvert who finally learned to break out of their shell and the antics that ensue because of it.

Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come is available at the CCPLS Reference desk for checkout right now for the upcoming book club on Saturday, September 23rd! If you want to participate in a low-pressure environment and talk about this book, drop on by!