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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,163 ratings  ·  288 reviews
She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” and by Neil Gaiman as “a national treasure.” Now Kelly Link’s eagerly awaited new collection--her first for adult readers in a decade--proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have.

Link has won an ardent following for her ability to take reader
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Random House (first published January 13th 2015)
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Though Kelly Link seems to have garnered a veritable cult following, I have somehow remained ignorant of her charms. (This was not a deliberate snub, I assure you.)

All that's behind me now. I have downed her rather murky, yet sweet Kool-Aid, and like a lemming, will blindly follow her off any cliff of her choosing.

Her latest book will hit the shelves in February 2015. It is a collection of nine wondrously dark fairy tales about teenage girls, shadow people, imaginary boyfriends, reality TV show

*Tentatively looks around* Is it just me? Reading through the glowing reviews of this book of short stories leaves me baffled. I have never been a short story aficionado, but I always try to broaden my horizon when it comes to book genres. Unfortunately this really really didn't work for me. I think that this book is more of a case of “it's not you, it's me” .

I found a lot of the stories/dialogue really weird and random, and for short stories that doesn't really help. It took me so long to und
Feb 18, 2015 Oriana is currently reading it

Diane S.
3.5 Such an imagination, and many surprises await the reader. Stories that seem to be going one way and then veer into the unexpected. Never quite sure where I was, what type of world, what type of situation but it didn't matter, just went along for the ride. The only story I did not crew for was Demon Lover and the first one, The Summer People was my favorite. Loved the specialness, the magical feeling of wonder this one gave me. So different, so special.

ARC from NetGalley.
Althea Ann
***** The Summer People
This story could function as a wonderful introduction to Link's writing. It features many of the elements and themes that pop up again and again in her stories, and is executed wonderfully.
Here, we have the elements of classic fairytales ("Be bold, be bold. But not too bold – lest that your heart's blood should run cold.") which emerge in a lovely, but seemingly prosaic modern setting. We have the interactions of teenage girls, a legacy passed down through generations. We
I get the inevitable comparisons to Karen Russell. I get it. The difference there is, Russell's stories are the day-to-day that shimmer with a nimbus of magic, while Link's worlds are magical, and profoundly steeped with the ordinary.

This short story collection is a froth of bubbles, each one an universe of possibility, and in its pages, we pass through these walls into a world of magical ordinariness. "The Summer People" eases us into this strange new world; out in the summer cottage with a sic
Larry Hoffer
With her latest story collection, Get in Trouble , Kelly Link takes readers to some fascinating and sometimes unique places, populated with tremendously intriguing and compelling characters. While I've seen this book classified as science fiction and fantasy, I think it's probably more the latter than the former. But neither term can accurately convey the appeal of these stories.

Many of the stories in this collection are about relationships—between siblings (when one has technically sprung from
Apr 02, 2015 Snotchocheez rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Karen Russell or George Saunders fans
I'm guessing Kelly Link and Karen Russell were separated at birth. Not only are they both Floridians, they're both wildly imaginative short story writers with a bent toward magical realism. (Ms. Russell whimsically leaning toward anthropomorphized fruit bats, silkworms and barnyard animals, Ms. Link opting for superheroes, squirrels, snakes, and semi-lifelike dolls). They both force you to look at relationships and the world around us in a cockeyed, off-kilter, and wholly original manner.

Get in
Rachel Jones
I'm sorry, but this book of short stories must surely be a joke. Somewhere, with several someones, the wooden characters, laughably bad dialogue, and idiotic details (both real and fantastical) that served only to highlight how desperately the author wanted to add "quirk," all passed muster?

I'm guessing this book will appeal to the same type of reader who enjoyed Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Swamplandia!, or anything by Neil Gaiman. In other words, readers who don't mind crappy stories and barel
I got a free copy of this book from Netgalley. I was happy to have an opportunity to read it. Link is clearly a well liked author for many people and she writes outside of any genre or style that I usually read. Her stories take place in worlds that are surreal, but her writing is understated and presents these worlds in a matter of fact dead pan manner -- so, for example, superheroes, ghosts, robot boyfriends are just part of the everyday fabric of somewhat creepy but ordinary people's lives. I ...more

I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review

I have spent entirely too much time trying to come up with an interesting way to talk about this book, but the longer my thinking drags on, the further I get away from my initial reactions to it. Instead of this useless procrastination, I’ll take the risk of sounding ridiculous and just go with whatever is bouncing around in my head.

Kelly Link has been on my reading radar for ages, but this is my fi
Tammy Sparks
The nitty-gritty: A collection of quirky and whimsical short stories, dreamy and magical as only Kelly Link can do.

You know sometimes when you have a dream, and when you wake up you try to remember that dream and piece it together so that it makes sense? Well, reading a Kelly Link story is just like that. Link’s stories often feel like fractured dreams. You want to dive back in and experience the dream again, but the waking world isn’t going to let you. Her stories are populated by impossible th
GET IN TROUBLE: STORIES is a collection of nine stories by Kelly Link, who is perhaps best known for her short stories (beyond even her skills as an anthologist and small publisher). I'd read two of the stories: "The New Boyfriend" in MONSTROUS AFFECTIONS and "Secret Identity" in Geektastic. Neither were my favorite story in either anthology.

I feel like GET IN TROUBLE leans hard on the Kelly Link formula. Her mix of the ordinary and fantastic is nearly unmatched, but much of this collection feel
There was a brief moment, looking at the table of contents of this handsome book, where I was disappointed. I had read too many of the stories before: "The Summer People" in Steampunk!, "I Can See Right Through You" in McSweeney's, "Valley of the Girls" in Subterranean, "Two Houses" in Shadow Show. That's because I seek out all of Link's stories the second I hear about them.
Reading them again wasn't a disappointment, though. They're lovely stories, with depths that aren't hidden: the water is c
Summer People
The first story in this collection took me a while to get into and then get used to the author's style. She used words that were either truly unfamiliar to me (eg. "kyarn"), or incongruous given that the setting was contemporary (e.g. a teenager repeatedly saying "afore" instead of "before" - or perhaps that's an Americanism?), or perhaps mistyped (I'm reading an electronic ARC, so perhaps it's not been proofread in its entirety yet) - in any case, it interrupted the flow of the st
I wanted to love this so much, but it really didn't work for me. I've been attempting to slog through this for a good month now and I just can't bring myself to read the last 2 stories in the collection. Every time I put it down I'm even more loathe to try again, so I'm calling it quits.

So much of this feels either overwritten or underwritten, employing a weird, intentionally vague style that is used more as an affect than to convey anything meaningful or profound. It's a kind of voice I would p
This book is magic. It isn't really about magic, as much as you may think while paging through it. Link throws her readers headfirst into her stories and slowly reveals the whos whys wheres and hows as she goes along, feeding bit by bit among the sentences until it hits the reader like a sucker punch exactly what he, she or they have gotten into. These are stories of people who are a little bit off; a little bit outcast. Sometimes they are the ones with magic, but a lot of the time they seem the ...more
Matthew Peck
(Note: I won a copy via Goodreads First Reads.)

4 1/2 stars. Kelly Link's fourth story collection is another success, and her finest to date. Link is revered by an impressive roster of writers but has yet to really break through to a wider audience; perhaps this book will do for her what Tenth of December did for George Saunders. 'Get In Trouble' has stories with her signature bend of mundane American life (especially teenage girls) and enigmatic fantasy, and notably, a couple of pieces of plain
John M.

Received from the publisher through a Goodreads giveaway. Available February 10, 2015.

This is the first time I've read Kelly Link, and after reading this collection I'll start looking into her previous work. Get in Trouble is unlike any other book of short stories I've read before. Link has a relatively unadorned writing style that is, on the surface, straightforward storytelling. However, there's are nuances in each sentence, between characters, or in scenes that push the narrative in direction
You will need to read every short story in this collection at least twice to understand what the heck Link is talking about. Don't get me wrong, I love a short story that makes me scratch my head and sparks my imagination, but basically every tale in "Get in Trouble" was so confounding it was frustrating and not enjoyable. Though I did like the premise of most of the stories, there were some that I just gave up on trying to understand the second time around (yes, the second time around - I tried ...more
Doug H
I don't get the fuss about this author. Only one story ('The New Boyfriend') saved this from being a one star review from me. And I probably only really liked that one because I was looking for one to like. Overall, the writing felt lazy and the mostly adolescent development of mostly adolescent characters hurt my brain. For me, the minds of angst-ridden teenage girls are not a whole lot of fun. And all the video game and superhero and Hello Kitty gimmickry made me feel old. Old and cranky. Meh.
A lot of people have read Get in Trouble because they know Kelly Link and have become a fan over the years of her published short stories. I read this because I saw it and thought Ooh, that looks interesting. So it was a bit of a blind adventure.

Rather than a bit-by-bit breakdown over Link's range of stories, I'll just keep it snappy: this is mental. The diversity of her characters and situations continuously catches you off guard. I'd assume an element of weirdness is synonymous with her style,
gah. what a read. this is one of those --- authors, stories, narratives, IDEAS, EMOTIONS, "what just happened?" --- books that are really hard to do justice to in a review. i'll just say that i was gripped in terms of imagination all the way through. and when i say "imagination" and "gripped", i mean, i felt like a kid on a dark summer evening, running around the childhood yard making up games with brothers and sisters; flashlights blazing and darting, assumed characters created on the fly, ever ...more
Get in Trouble is a collection of nine short stories by American author, Kelly Link. Each of the stories has been previously published in other publications from as early as 2006. The stories are varied in both format and subject matter, although each one seems to feature some element of alternate reality and have a highly original plot with a twist or two to keep it interesting. There are Summer Visitors of quite a different kind, internet gaming worlds, an internet date that goes wrong in an u ...more
#readharder short story pick.

This mystical collection is so disorienting to read. Twice, I fell asleep after reading these stories (I'm in the habit of reading before bed) which led me to have totally insane dreams! I regularly found it took me a few pages, at least, to figure out what was even real or fake in each story. The last story was easily my favorite and I enjoyed The Lesson a lot as well. Themes in this collection are class status/power, heroes vs. villians, the real vs. the imagined.
ARC for review.

I had heard of Kelly Link and she sounded like an author I might like so I was excited to get this advanced reader copy of her newest collection of short stories. For some reason I was under the impression that Link was a horror writer, but these stories are more dark fantasy mixed with magical realism and aren't so much scary as deliciously unsettling - perhaps this would make some readers uncomfortable, but I quite liked her style.

As with any story collection there were stando
I've always admired authors who can craft mind-boggling and inspirational tales in such short contexts. When I finished reading the first story in this collection I was unbelievably excited at the wonderfully strange tale. However, as I read further I became increasingly confused with some of the stories. Was it symbolic? Simply too complex for me to internalize fully? Or just outright random and weird? In the end I only ended up loving one story, the eerie "New Boyfriend" story. I think Kelly L ...more
Lolly LKH
I am sure The Summer People, the first story, will be many reader's favorite. In fact, I think it would make really wonderful novel. It has just the right touch of magical realism that always lures me in. The style reminds me very much of Alice Hoffman and Joanne Harris's wonderful writing, and not many authors can pull that off. The New Boyfriend is an eerie tale, a girl longs for a present her privileged friend gets instead but at what cost? It also has a little Victorian edge with the hair, w ...more
This is an exceptional collection of short stories, sure to challenge some readers' notions of what speculative fiction can be. Spare, graceful prose and surprising emotional depth. I'd heard Kelly Link's name before -- I'm a longtime science fiction and speculative fiction fan -- but hadn't yet read her work. Why did I wait so long? Even when using familiar story tropes Link twists and turns a reader's perceptions. As a librarian in an academic library I'd recommend some stories to women's and ...more
Jane Ciabattari
One of my books to read in February, for
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