If You See Me, Don't Say Hi by Neel Patel

If You See Me, Don't Say Hi

"In stories that are moving, thoughtful, entertaining, and discomfiting all at once, Neel Patel upends what we think the experience of Indians in America looks like. It’s about time."--Rumaan Alam, author of Rich and PrettyIn these eleven sharp, surprising stories, Neel Patel gives voice to our most deeply held stereotypes and then slowly undermines them. His characters, almost all of who are first-generation Indian Americans, subvert our expec...

Details If You See Me, Don't Say Hi

TitleIf You See Me, Don't Say Hi
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Lgbt, Glbt, Queer

Reviews If You See Me, Don't Say Hi

  • Larry H
    Somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars, rounding up.With his debut story collection, If You See Me, Don't Say Hi , Neel Patel serves notice that he is a talent to be reckoned with. The 11 stories in this collection are packed with emotion and turn people's perceptions and stereotypes of most Indian Americans on their ear. Some of the characters in these stories follow traditional paths, while others are anything but traditional—they're Facebook-sta...
  • TL
    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. :)=====3.5 stars overallA well done collection of stories. Actually enjoyed all of them:) Not that I wasn't expecting to but sometimes it is in the back of my mind when I pick up any short story collection. Loved taking the time to savor these.No complaints about this one:) Definitely re-read material down the road.-----Individual ratings:God of Destruction : 3 stars Hare ...
  • Olha
    The main problem of short stories – they are short. However, they are a wonderful choice for travelling. You can read different stories in whatever order you like, whenever you want and don’t memorize characters and their doings to follow the story. “If you see me, don’t say Hi” by Neel Patel contains eleven stories. Each of them is interesting, but not each one leaves a mark. I mean, when I was reading the fifth story I could not remem...
  • Jade
    I love writing short stories but funnily enough I only really started reading them this past decade. I don’t know why I used to avoid the genre because I feel it showcases a writer’s talent in a way that can sometimes get submerged in a novel.Anyway, Neel Patel’s début collection, If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi, does a great job showcasing his talent: he’s an exceptional writer. Each story contains gem upon gem of wonderful insights into ...
  • Sachi Sabella
    What I liked most about this book is that it was an easy, fast read. The book left me lost and confused. The details were clear, the characters were all sad and strange. Depressing, but I didn’t feel bad for them. I almost wanted something horrible to happen to them just so I could see some type humanness. Can a book be boring and intriguing at the same time? This was a different type of read for me
  • Stephanie
    Thanks to Flatiron for sending me a review copy!Through the eleven stories in this collection, Neel Patel explores stereotypes and expectations with his Indian American protagonists. Most are young (none past middle age; most are teenagers or in their twenties), straddling the world of their parents and the culture they now find themselves - arranged marriages, online dating, unrequited love.It's an easy collection to read - often funny, often en...
  • Sarah Ames-Foley
    You can also find this review on my blog.cw: homophobia; sex; infidelity; racism; drunk driving; sexual assault/csadisclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for review consideration. All of the opinions presented below are my own.We lived through the lives of our future selves, passing our remaining days in a fugue.My rating for each story:god of destruction 4/5 hare rama, hare krishna 4/5 h...
  • Gauraa Shekhar
    Patel’s stories are fever dreams. They quietly steep into your consciousness. Get enmeshed in reality. It’s only when you’re recounting these stories over dinner that something tips askance. You’re forced to remember that these experiences didn’t really happen to a friend, or to a friend of a friend, but to a character in a book you inhaled in a single sitting one night last week. So fast it almost didn’t happen. If You See Me, Don’...
  • Boz
    I do not normally gravitate towards short story collections, but the title of the book and its cover intrigued me. Within the first few pages, I was hooked and knew I found a new author whose work I will seek out the instant it becomes available. "If You See Me, Don't Say Hi" has eleven concise stories, roughly about 20 pages each, which highlights various present-day platonic, familial, and romantic relationships between an array of characters. ...
  • Jake
    I won a copy of this from a goodreads giveaway. These are short stories of Indian Americans from Illinois, some protagonists male, some female, some gay, some straight. The characters are very strong (he even seems to write from a female perspective pretty well although what do I know about that?.. but then again, what does one woman know what it's like to be another woman?). The stories are good, generally about some sort of longing and dissatis...
  • Laura
    I received an advance reading copy of If You See Me, Don't Say Hi: Stories through a giveaway from Flatiron Books on Goodreads. The description on the back of the cover states, "A bravura debut story collection about love, family, success, and the experience of being brown in America today". I would describe it as stories about moving into adulthood, choosing to accept or deny your parent's culture, and the gamut of emotions as you live with the ...
  • Tyler Goodson
    These stories are about people on the brink--in between cultures, relationships, jobs--and this instability lends Patel's collection a sense of uncertainty and danger, and his characters vulnerability. They are not the shining stars of their families, but the daughters you make excuses for or the brothers you pretend don't exist. They are familiar, funny, sad, and true, and populate stories that are surprising, entertaining, and memorable.
  • Andrienne
    Oh wow, these stories are like a punch in the gut. About family and finding love. I feel like I was given a front row seat to the culture, beliefs, attitude of Indian Americans. The stories are disconcerting but vibrant. Giving just enough for the essence to shine through. Review copy provided by the publisher.
  • Suzanne M
    I am completely in love with the short stories in this book. So much so that I read it in one sitting.Each story is completely engrossing and refreshingly current. Whether these characters are reliving the past or looking toward the future, the storyline twists and turns so that the outcome is often totally unexpected. Fantastic!
  • Faith 09
    I read this book in one sitting. It was great.
  • Hillary Smith
    If You See Me Don't Say Hi marks the entrance of a brilliant new talent to the literary world. These deeply moving stories are unlike anything I have read, and it is lucky for readers that we finally live in a time where stories of queer, interesting, flawed and multi-dimensional people of color are being published. The Other Language is one of my favorite stories in the collection and will continue to haunt me. I look forward to reading everythi...
  • Maria
    Neel Patel's collection of short stories—stories about living and loving as a brown person in America—rewards readers who like to get straight to the good stuff. Chilled out on the couch, screen in my face, it took three sentences into the first story to get me hooked. I read this in two long, quick sessions, each story unfolding in a series of emotional roller coasters. From one night stands to first loves to surviving brutal family gossip, ...
  • Minz802
    Fantastic collection. I read it in one evening and loved it, couldn't put it down. Hard to pick a favorite but I loved the first story, the title story, and the two final stories. But really everything was great! Can't wait to read more.
  • Priya Ahuja
    I loved this book and felt like I could relate to so many of the characters in it.
  • Ariela
    LOVE LOVE LOVE! This book gives you so many sides to so many different life expierences. You get a chance to step out of your shoes and live through other people’s expierences. A HUGE eye opener. I highly recommended! People need to take time out of their day and to recognize how others live. Life isn’t perfect and this novel reflects so many emotions. Very enjoyable!
  • Mike Heyd
    Read one or two at a time these stories offer a glimpse into the lives of Indian Americans. Not knowing anyone in that community, I can’t say how realistically they are portrayed, but the blending of familiar and exotic is certainly interesting. I am seldom impressed by formulaic back cover blurbs, but the one that calls Patel’s characters “both sympathetic and deeply flawed” is spot on. In other words, this writer portrays human characte...
  • Leena
    A deeply moving collection of short stories from multiple perspectives of Indian American young adults. The author writes from the identity of a heterosexual female, a gay male, a married woman experiencing deep grief, a White American male involved with a gay Indian man. In each of these stories, Patel gently caresses the stereotypes familiar to Indians in America and then blows them up: parental expectations and prejudices, racism in school, se...
  • Tamanna A. Shaikh
    ARC from Netgalley--Thank you.All of the stories have a common underlying motif--love/romance/infatuation/relationships. The setting is modern day United States and the protagonists are people of Indian origin. The protagonists are of varying sexes/orientations. They're telling stories about their relationships and lives in modern day America, the one with Facebook and Insta, text messages, dating sites, etc. Nothing wild about the theme here.Now...
  • Asha
    If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi is Neel Patel’s debut book. It’s a collection of short stories that focus on first generation Indian Americans. My favorite short story was World Famous. Overall, I wasn’t really impressed with this book. I think the main reason I didn’t like this book is how first generation Indian Americans are portrayed. All the characters are terrible and I couldn’t sympathize with any of them. All of them seemed to hav...
  • Carla
    Thank you, @flatiron_books, for the free, finished copy to review. All opinions are my own. A collection of stories that gives voice to the modern-day Indian American experience. All the stories had depth, well-developed characters, and thought-provoking prose. Short story collections make me nervous, but Patel proves masterful in this craft.
  • Deb
    I won this book on a goodreads giveaway. This was a different kind of read for me, and though the combination of short stories was enjoyable, many of the stories left me sad. I could use less sex and much more character development and style. too many times it seemed to be the same thing over and over.
  • Danielle
    I loved this book. It was so well written with some beautiful sentences that speak to the human experience. I loved each story because you find yourself dropping into these small but important slices of life and you question your own life! I wonder what story Neel Patel would tell about me...? Thanks for writing this book, it was excellent. I won a copy of this book on Goodreads.
  • Shelby Davis
    These stories will make you feel every possible emotion! Neel exposes some hard truths about being brown in America and the compilations that end up reappearing throughout these characters lives. A must read for anyone who wants an inside look at some hard truths!