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
ISBN9781473552623
Author
Release DateMay 3rd, 2018
PublisherTransworld Digital
LanguageEnglish
GenreShort Stories, Fiction
Rating

Reviews You Think It, I'll Say It

  • Roxane
    2018-05-17
    Solid collection. Sittenfeld is an excellent writer. These stories are all beautifully composed and they draw you in. I am impressed by how engaged I felt with each set of characters in each stories. There is a mean undercurrent in many of the stories. Some might call it honesty. The way her characters see others, themselves... is rarely charitable. Nor does it need to be. At a few points though, I found myself thinking, “is everyone in the wor...
  • Larry H
    2018-01-02
    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
    2017-12-08
    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 “...
  • Navidad Thelamour
    2018-04-11
    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 ...
  • Liz
    2018-04-10
    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...
  • Dianne
    2018-06-19
    Terrific collection of ten short stories with a very contemporary vibe. The stories explore gender bias and identity, political bias, midlife angst, social awkwardness, the culture of celebrity, social media obsessiveness and competitiveness, ambivalence about motherhood, and mental illness. Lest this sound unappetizing - who wants to be hammered over the head with all THAT stuff? - these stories are gentle, subtle and expertly crafted. Sittenfel...
  • Jessica
    2018-06-06
    I received this book for free through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers.This collection of short stories was so amazing! I’ve only ever read Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel, Prep. I read that a long time ago (like around 10 years ago) but I do remember that I enjoyed it. I’ve never read any of her short stories so I did not know what to expect. I was blown away by how good ALL the stories were. Usually with short story collections, there will be s...
  • Skyler Autumn
    2018-09-03
    4 Stars You Think It, I'll Say it is a collection of short stories that tackles the complexities and diversity of judgment. Whether it's based on personal biases, misgivings, or hilariously misconstrued situations the character's in Curtis Sittenfeld's stories are all victims of their own preconceived notions. We as readers get to see how damaging and self-sabotaging it is to let judgement fester within. Whether it's through a naive university st...
  • Perry
    2018-03-16
    Curtis Sittenfeld has a near perfect bead on the earlier stages of middle age in present days; most if not all of her stories revolve about a primary character who graduated high school in the early to mid-1990s and is suffering the preliminary throes, at least, of existentialism Two of the stories were such empathic thwacks each left me breathless with how dead-on it captured soulful pains recently experienced. Besides the briefest one, with bre...
  • Thomas
    2018-07-20
    4.5 starsLoved this short story collection, grateful for my Goodreads' friends for pointing me to it. Curtis Sittenfeld gives us several perceptive stories about adults with messy pasts, nuanced relationships, and very real emotions. A few of the stories feature: a woman who sees her old queer fling marry a man and start her own cooking show, a newly divorced Gender Studies professor who has a hot and cold hookup with a Trump supporter, and a shy...
  • Caroline
    2018-02-27
    ***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 ...
  • Barry Pierce
    2018-05-14
    You Think It, I'll Say It is Curtis Sittenfeld's first short story collection. It is also my first Sittenfeld. After cutting her teeth on novels, she has decided to pare things back and present us with a collection of ten contemporary short stories - all of which are near perfect.My standout story has to be 'Off the Record', the story of a journalist (and new mother) who conducts a truly disastrous cover story interview with one of Hollywood's bi...
  • Julie Ehlers
    2018-04-10
    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...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    2018-07-16
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestCurtis Sittenfeld is one of those hit-or-miss authors for me, where I really like some of her books, but I wouldn't call her a favorite author because she's let me down too many times. Cases in point: while PREP and THE MAN OF MY DREAMS are among my favorite books, AMERICAN WIFE and SISTERLAND were both crushing disappointments that I could hardly stand to get through.With that in mind, I app...
  • Toni
    2017-12-16
    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...
  • Lisa
    2018-07-23
    [4.5] It is rare that I rate a short story collection 5 stars because I usually find the quality of stories uneven. Not with this book. In all of the stories, Sittenfeld brilliantly captures each character's insecurities and confusion with razor-sharp wit. This was a compulsively readable book and easy to love.
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    2018-01-22
    This was… a really nice surprise. Literary short stories are not something I tend to reach for, but I loved this, and I want to thank my fellow reviewerLarry so much for recommending this collection and for constantly reviewing books that don’t seem like my thing but… end up being my thing?All these stories are about incorrect perception: of those around you, if yourself, of a situation. And they are so much fun. This collection had an av...
  • Kristy
    2017-09-07
    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 ...
  • Megan
    2018-05-09
    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...
  • Tammy
    2018-05-13
    Reece Witherspoon’s May 2018 Book Club pick.A collection of 10 short stories about relationships and gender roles told on many viewpoints; a lawyer, a mother, student, etc. It’s stories delve into the snap judgement we put on others that are usually askew. The writing was wonderful and the stories gave me a sneak peek into these individual lives, lives different from my own (but not so different they couldn’t happen or to a friend.)This boo...
  • Rebecca Foster
    2018-04-29
    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 ...
  • Martie Nees Record
    2018-03-10
    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...
  • Katharine
    2018-05-10
    This is the first short story collection I've read in its entirety and I LOVED IT. I didn't want it to end! Curtis Sittenfeld's cleverness, wry wit, and ability to make every story resonate had me eager to keep reading. Plus, she tackles topics very relevant to our current culture -- social media, class issues, gender roles, political differences, etc. I was particularly struck by how much she made me care about the characters in just 10 to 20 p...
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    2018-04-23
    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...
  • Lisa Vegan
    2018-06-27
    I did read other books as I read this but toward the end I was reading one story after another and still enjoying it. These are deftly and skillfully written, and kind of brilliant how they slightly relate with one another. I didn’t like them at first because I didn’t like the people much, but the more I read the more I liked them anyway, even though I didn’t much identify with the people. I wondered if I currently had a family including yo...
  • Tyler Goodson
    2017-11-20
    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 ...
  • Lori
    2018-05-20
    Nope. Just nope.
  • Jessica Woodbury
    2018-06-20
    You know how sometimes a book just shows up at the wrong time through no fault of its own? That's the case with me and this book. I like Sittenfeld's short fiction more than her novels, which never quite land right with me. And this book is a great collection that never feels too long, and no story feels superfluous. It's fluid and it has great themes and writing and characters as it explores the petty jealousies and worries of white suburbia.But...
  • Leo Robertson
    2018-07-08
    Excellent!I can't remember the last time characters made me physically grimace like that. So much knowing evisceration. Stories steeped in the disappointments of middle age.Characters are not only unlikeable but downright hateable at times—though when the analysis of why we should hate them is so skilful, it hardly matters.Sittenfeld is now number one writer I would not want to meet in person. She'd know everything about me from my perceivably ...
  • Jill
    2018-03-09
    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 ...