You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

You Think It, I'll Say It

A suburban mother of two fantasizes about the downfall of an old friend whose wholesome lifestyle empire may or may not be built on a lie. A high-powered lawyer honeymooning with her husband is caught off guard by the appearance of the girl who tormented her in high school. A shy Ivy League student learns the truth about a classmate’s seemingly enviable life.Curtis Sittenfeld has established a reputation as a sharp chronicler of the modern age ...

Details You Think It, I'll Say It

TitleYou Think It, I'll Say It
Release DateMay 3rd, 2018
PublisherTransworld Digital
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Adult Fiction

Reviews You Think It, I'll Say It

  • Larry H
    4.5 stars.Many of us, whether we'll admit it or not, have made snap judgments about people. Sometimes we judge people we might have met once, or known a long time ago, and are coming into contact with them again after a while. Sometimes we believe something about a person we know well, while other times, it's people we don't know, but we formulate an opinion based on something we hear them say or do. The characters in Curtis Sittenfeld's first st...
  • Elyse
    Curtis Sittenfeld is TERRIFIC!!! I LOVE THIS WOMAN...this author....her work! Oh....I’m not the only person nutty over this great woman/author.... ‘many’ of you feel the same. I fell in love with Curtis years ago - 2005 - with her first novel “PREP”. Three years later, Sittenfeld wrote “American Wife”... and she blew me away. It was also fantastic... with a new level of maturity to boot. I, personally, had a blast of fun reading “...
  • Liz
    3.5 stars rounded upShort stories are the tapas of the book menu. Small plates, when I like big portions. So, I was really conflicted about reading this. I like Curtis Sittenfeld, but I hate the fact that a short story typically ends just as I’m getting invested in a character. There does seem to be a theme here, involving communication, appearances and first impressions. What do we say? What do we stay silent about? Or what do we think we know...
  • Navidad Thelamour
    I’m relieved to have aged out of that sense that my primary obligation is to be pretty, relieved to work at a job that allows me to feel useful. Did I used to think being pretty was my primary obligation because I was in some way delusional? Or was it that I’d absorbed the messages I was meant to absorb with the same diligence with which I’d studied?Curtis Sittenfeld’s You Think It, I’ll Say It, is a collection for the grown woman, for ...
  • Caroline
    ***NO SPOILERS***Sittenfeld’s is a style I adore--brave, insightful commentary on real life written in engaging prose--and it works perfectly for this collection, my newest favorite. Most of these stories have a wistful quality, some outright sad, but in a way that left an impression on me rather than plunged me into a depression. Many take a little surprise turn, adding the spark that makes this collection such a great one. Absent is anything ...
  • Kristy
    This short story collection features ten short stories from author Sittenfeld, featuring a cast of diverse, real characters. Told from a variety of point of views--a bored housewife, a wealthy bachelor, a new mom, and more--they offer pointed and humorous insight into current society. I typically am not a huge fan of short stories because they don't give me enough information about the characters, and I'm a very character-driven person. But when ...
  • Toni
    A wonderland of short stories that I've sprinted through twice. Well, first was the sprint; second was the stroll. I wanted to get every morsel, every tidbit of meaning or laugh and lesson. Each story is an independent book full of characters with full on emotion, yours or theirs.Ten stories.Gender Studies - A story about a mistake.The World has Many Butterflies - Petty banter leads a woman to signals crossed.Vox clamantis in Deserto - Never assu...
  • Julie Ehlers
    Anyone who follows my reviews probably already knows that I am a huge fan of Curtis Sittenfeld, so when this ARC unexpectedly arrived in the mail, I was beside myself with excitement. I intended to save it until I finished the book I'd just started, but when I idly paged through You Think It, I'll Say It, I was immediately drawn into the first story, "Gender Studies," and wanted nothing more than to keep reading. The funny thing is, I'd already r...
  • Martie Nees Record
    Genre: Adult FictionPublisher: Random HousePub. Date: April 24, 2018I very much enjoyed the author’s previous novels, “Prep” and “American Wife.”The later was a barely hidden portrayal of President George W. Bush’s wife, Laura. I enjoyed “Prep” but felt that “Wife” was a stellar read. These books are why I wanted to read the author, Curtis Sittenfeld, again. In her newest work, Sittenfeld pens ten short stories that consist of...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Sittenfeld’s work is always perfectly balanced between women’s fiction and literary fiction, and she describes families and romantic relationships expertly, in prose so deliciously smooth it slides right down. If you’re a fan of her novels, I would certainly recommend these 11 short stories to you. They’re about marriage, parenting, authenticity, celebrity and social media in Trump’s America, with the two key recurring elements of role ...
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    You know when you are talking to yourself in your head and no one else is listening but you keep talking anyway? Well, that is the vibe I got when I read most of these short stories and I loved it!I normally don't gravitate towards short stories, but something about the cover made me look into this book. After I read the first two chapters I knew I liked them, but since it wasn't an ongoing story I felt something was holding me back. But, as I st...
  • Tyler Goodson
    There is a certain feeling I have reading Curtis Sittenfeld's work, like I'm a little drunk and oversharing with someone who happens to be a great writer. These stories do not disappoint. Her characters are refreshingly unlikable, brash, imperfect, funny, and Sittenfeld is a genius at placing them in perfectly fraught situations; not physically dangerous, but challenging and deliciously complicated. What these stories have in common is that they ...
  • Megan
    I’m a big fan of Sittenfeld’s and I’ve read and ❤ all of her books. So it pains me to write this review. This book didn’t resonate with me in any way, shape or form. When I would try to delve into each story with an open mind and connect with the characters, the stories just seemed oddly weird or completely fell flat.Out of the 10 short stories, Bad Latch and The Prairie Wife, were the only two I was glad I read, as I considered several...
  • Jill
    I’ve had mixed feelings about Curtis Sittenfeld. Some of her work totally resonates with me; some (such as Eligible or American Life) were misses. But one thing remains consistent: Curtis Sittenfeld is a natural-born storyteller and she makes me want to keep reading.In You Think It, I’ll Say It, the overriding theme is how our perceptions change with the gifts of time and distance. Over and over, we’re treated to characters who are brought ...
  • Leanne
    Trust Curtis Sittenfeld to be the one to make me appreciate a collection of short stories. They still don't hold a candle to her best full-length fiction (see: Prep, American Wife, but really all of them are great) but her writing gets me every time, and I sped through this in about 3 sittings. I was going to list my favourites, but only one of them (Bad Latch) didn't work for me - the rest all contained her trademark sharp internal musings and...
  • Susan Johnson
    This is a collection of short stories about relationships. They are all different types- romantic, friends, work friends and people whose paths cross. The relationship, no matter how long or short, are usually intense and arouse intense feelings. They are well crafted and interesting. I am usually not a big short story fan but these are quite interesting and have a unique spin. They don't turn out the way I expected and that's a good thing. The a...
  • Nancy
    The publisher's letter included with my LibraryThing win copy of Curtis Sittenfeld's You Think It, I'll Say It notes that the ten stories included "pinpoints the questionable decisions, missed connections, and sometimes extraordinary coincidences that make up a life." If I could sum up the stories with one word it might be ironic, or perhaps in two words, unsettling insight. Misunderstandings abound between the sexes, usually rooted in a woman's ...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    These stories are everything I hoped they would be and so much more. Sittenfeld is our Austen and we’re so damn lucky to have her. Her dry wit, her understanding of our flawed humanity, her razor sharp writing and her incredible and nuanced characters make her one of my favourite writers. She can do no wrong and I just want to gush and applaud and doff my hat. Read these stories, read these stories, read these stories!
  • Kathleen
    My review for the Chicago Tribune: its title “You Think It, I’ll Say It” suggests, Curtis Sittenfeld’s debut short story collection has a dishy feel, and that’s a compliment. Good fiction needs to be at least as interesting as good gossip, which itself is interesting because it unerringly serves up the crucial or conflict-ridden morsels of a story and doesn’t worry about bringing the dull bit...
  • Nina
    I have loved everything Curtis Sittenfeld has ever written. Well, I liked the book about sisters, but I LOVED everything else. Her writing is strong, solid, and straight-forward while showing the depths of human emotions like shame and hope. I love that she manages all that without taking her settings and subjects too seriously. By that I mean, in these stories she chooses seemingly less serious topics while still conveying how people really feel...
  • Karen
    Not normally a short story reader, but I enjoy Curtis Sittinfeld’s writing so decided to give this book a shot. Glad I did. Well-crafted characters, compelling interpersonal dynamics and an interesting mix of stories kept me reading for hours. I just wish she’d left out the political stuff as it will likely deter some of her reader base.
  • Gayle
    Full review at: http://www.everydayiwritethebookblog....When I learned that Curtis Sittenfeld had a collection of short stories coming out next spring, I had to get my hands on it. Immediately. I don’t usually love short stories, but we’re talking Curtis Sittenfeld here. I will read anything she writes. So I got it, and I read it, and it was great.The ten stories in You Think It, I’ll Say It are about relationships – friends, exes, acquai...
  • BookOfCinz
    “You Think It, I’ll Say It” is my first book by Curtis Sittenfeld and I am so happy I decided to give this collection of short stories a go. I’ve been seeing this book on my Booktstagram timeline for the last two weeks and I definitely know what the hype is about. I am usually not one to like short stories because the stories usually end as soon as I am getting to love the characters and I am left feeling annoyed. However, with this colle...
  • Megan
    Must review soon. Must get back to reviewing soon in general! Summer, where art thou??
  • Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves
    Only second short story collection I’ve ever rated 5 stars! More to come...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:'When she’s in a bad mood, she doesn’t hide it, and I’m not sure if I’m jealous or appalled.'Of all the stories in Sittenfeld’s collection, I loved The World Has Many Butterflies. Julie plays a game, which the title of the collection comes from, with her friend Graham. Who knew sharing snarky comments about the people around them could explode into a flirtation. Where will it lead? It...
  • Tess
    A beautiful collection of stories, about love, parenting, the modern world, and coming of age. I always enjoy Sittenfeld's writing, and this does not disappoint.
  • Dan Friedman
    “In the air she breathed, there was much football, hunting, and Christianity, though Houston was big and diverse enough that she could sneak away for a solo lunch at a Sri Lankan restaurant, or do phone banking for a pro-choice Congressional candidate in a tight race.”—“The World Has Many Butterflies”In You Think It, I’ll Say It, Curtis Sittenfield tells ten stories of middle class Americans in mostly middle age, often living in middl...
  • Lisa Wolf
    I am definitely not a short story reader, and yet I found myself completely absorbed by this collection of ten stories about people leading ordinary lives filled with vague dissatisfaction, missed opportunities, and regret.