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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  17,934 ratings  ·  2,370 reviews
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 Sittenf
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ebook, 256 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by Transworld Digital (first published April 24th 2018)
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Roxane
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 world really so terrible?” So much here made me cringe
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Larry H
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 story collection, You Think It, I'll Say It , are a
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Elyse Walters
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 “Eligible”: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I read a few
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Navidad Thélamour
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 the woman who still thinks back on her “youth” and college y
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Emily May
You Think It I'll Say It is fairly typical of short story collections in that there were a couple of stand-out stories, but most of them hovered around okay/not bad. None were terrible, at least.

Everyone raves about the first story "Gender Studies" and it's hard to argue with the hype on this one. I thought that story was fantastic. It made me sit up and take notice. It made me really eager to read the rest of the offerings in the collection. It's so quiet and strange and sad. I can't quite pin
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Liz
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars rounded up
Short 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 about someone vs. what is real. In each of these st
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Dianne
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2018
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. Sittenfeld's writing is sublime; her perception is uncanny. ...more
Jessica
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 some stories I liked and some that I didn’t. But with this
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Thomas
4.5 stars

Loved 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 Ivy League student who learns the truth about her
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Perry
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 breastfeeding its pivot ("Bad Latch"), I identified w
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Skyler Autumn
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 student falsely idolizing her less then perfect fri
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Melki
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sittenfeld's characters deal with some thoroughly modern problems - should a feminist shave her pubic hair, is it okay to out an old flame on social media, whether or not to have sex with a Trump supporter . . . but they also have the same needs and wants we all have: the desire to be accepted, connect with friends, and find love. They worry over their children's futures, and are occasionally tempted to stray outside the marriage bed. Therein, I believe, lies the appeal of this short story colle ...more
Barry Pierce
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 biggest names. It is a comic and incredibly cringe-i
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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 purely cheerful or sugary. At most, there are bitter
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
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 average rating of 4.0 for me, which is a result of an exac
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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 read "Gender Studies" when it appeared in the New Y ...more
Toni
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 assume by words on a shirt.
Bad Latch - Babies change u
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Curtis 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 approached YOU THINK IT, I'LL SAY IT with hopeful ca
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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 I saw that Curtis Sittenfeld had a short story col
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Megan
May 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 times of abandoning it all together.

I’m totally in the mino
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Lisa
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[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.
Emily B
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I stumbled on this collection of short stories on a communal bookshelf at work and without much thinking I started reading it. I didn’t enjoy the first story much at all however I pretty much adored the rest!

Each story was just so real and relatable. I felt like I could have been any one of the protagonists, having the thoughts they were having.

This was my favourite read of 2018.

Lori
May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Nope. Just nope.
Tammy
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2018
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 book is the inspiration for a tv series being developed by
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Rebecca
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 reversal and retrospect.

The opening story, “The Nominee,” wh
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Martie Nees Record
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Genre: Adult Fiction
Publisher: Random House
Pub. Date: April 24, 2018

I 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 characters who are financially comfortable, all with a female protago
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Doug Bradshaw
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since this was a set of short stories, I took my time reading it between other books. Each of the stories are insightful, somewhat sexual although never graphic, and well worth reading. The author is excellent at going through the psychology and thought processes of each of the characters.

One of the characters, a 24 year old girl working as a volunteer to spend time with mothers and children who are homeless, has a serious case of OCD. She describes her logical reasons for washing her hands, no
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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 started whipping through each story within 20 - 40 m
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Katharine
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 pages; she did a phenomenal job of developing a sto ...more
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
These stories focus mainly on women’s perspectives on career, marriage, sex and children. While I think she often nails it, overall these stories are a bit too cynical. The writing was OK, and I felt that many of the stories were pretty boring. 3⭐ maybe? ...more
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Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the new novel Eligible, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice (due out April 2016) as well as the bestselling novels Sisterland, American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams, which have been translated into twenty-five languages. Curtis's writing has appeared in many publications, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Vanity Fair,Time, Slate, Glamour, ...more
“I had no idea, of course, that of all the feelings of my youth that would pass, it was this one, of an abundance of time so great as to routinely be unfillable, that would vanish with the least ceremony.” 8 likes
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