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I Have Something to Tell You

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  4,295 ratings  ·  630 reviews
A moving, hopeful, and refreshingly candid memoir by the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg about growing up gay in his small Midwestern town, his relationship with Pete, and his hope for America’s future.

Throughout the past year, teacher Chasten Glezman Buttigieg has emerged on the national stage, having left his classroom in South Bend, In
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Atria Books
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Larry H
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Chasten Buttigieg's I Have Something to Tell You is a warm, engaging, and emotional memoir I really connected with.

Even before the 2020 campaign season officially kicked off, I was a huge fan of Pete Buttigieg, the then-mayor of South Bend, Indiana. I appreciated his immense intelligence and thoughtfulness, and really believed in his desire to bring this country together. I knew his candidacy was a long shot, but I still cried when it ended just before I’d have had the chance to vote for him
Elyse  Walters
Chasten Glezman Buttigieg is simply an adorable- genuine, open, sensitive, guy.
He is so darn sweet and lovable ....he must brighten ‘everyone’s' spirit he comes into contact with. He sure did mine.

I loved listening to Chasten’s memoir. ( the audiobook)
We learn a lot about his LIFE!!!!!

Anyone who has ever been to Traverse City, in Michigan.... knows it’s not exactly the LGBTQ Capital of world. It’s the Cherry Capital of the of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited in the U.S.
John Amory
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so first off: I was a massive Pete supporter during the primaries. I serendipitously discovered him through a retweet about two weeks before he launched his exploratory committee in January of 2019, and I was immediately on board that day. I met Pete a couple weeks later on his book tour, and I was sold. I fundraised, I donated, I spammed by social media feeds, I went to rallies, I bought merch (and felt like the most popular kid in Provincetown the day I wore my Pete shirt, fielding cheer ...more
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I get to be lucky enough to know Chasten in real life– and let me tell you, this book is HIM. These words are HIS. I loved reading my friend’s story, and seeing laid out so evidently the many reasons that the world loves him as much as we do. For only being 31, his story is vast and varied, an inspiration not just to young LGBT individuals everywhere, but anyone working to become who they are. He is vulnerable and open, allowing a peek at where he came from, the fascinating behind-the-scenes sto ...more
Melissa Laidman
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So, full disclosure I have just adored Chasten and Pete and have been following them since early 2019, so I was SO excited to get the ARC! It did not disappoint. Chasten is even more “real” than I thought. I loved his stories of growing up and trying to fit in, and then his struggles through school and starting out as an adult. It echos so much of what people in our generation all face. And of course I loved his description of meeting and dating Pete!! I was actually surprised with his descripti ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first time I heard about Pete Buttigieg was when my mom called me up to gush about that “nice young man” she had seen on television (subtext: why didn’t *you* get a Rhodes scholarship?). I could never fully get on board with his campaign, but I did come across enough Pete people during the primary to realize they are deeply passionate about their candidate and equally so about his non-politician husband. To supporters, the Buttigiegs are a package deal, and the prospect having a Millennial v ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I'm not super into politics, but I did read this memoir.
"I just wanted someone to eat my casseroles!"
I was Elizabeth Warren most of the way in the last primary but was glad to see Mayor Pete out there campaigning. His husband Chasten, in his memoir, writes some about the campaign from his perspective but also about his own life - a Midwestern childhood, becoming a teacher, etc. How do you go from a new marriage to supporting your spouse in a presidential bid? What comes through most is a very lo
Stuart Smith
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book will make you root for love
Ulysses Dietz
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I Have Something to Tell You, a memoir
By Chasten Buttigieg
Atria Books, 2020
Five stars

“Because the fact is, my story isn’t rare. In fact, it’s pretty common.”

The first thing that strikes me is that Chasten Glezman Buttigieg is thirty-one. He could be my son, as could his more famous husband Pete. The second thing that strikes me is that Chasten’s story is painfully similar to the stories of my generation’s struggle to come out and find self-acceptance. It shouldn’t be similar, my mind tells me, b
Debbie Zapata
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dar
Dec 29, 2020 ~~ 1031pm, Review asap.

Dec 30, 2020 ~~ Impressive for its honest tone and the easy-to-read style, this book relates Chasten's life from his early years through the 2020 presidential campaign. Just in case you do not know who Chasten is, his husband Pete Buttigieg, aka Mayor Pete, was one of the many Democratic candidates during the primaries this year.

I have to confess that while I found the book moving and inspiring, I had more inner monologues while reading than I expected to hav
It's hard to review a non fiction, but I enjoyed this one very much.
Tinichix (nicole)
I for sure am not the first to say this but "I Have Something to Tell YOU!" It's ... "Chasten Buttigieg has done it!" I listened to this on audio, and once again I am purchasing a physical copy to have also. I carried my phone around the house with me from room to room listening to this. Even if I could only catch two minutes while brushing my teeth I did. There is something really special about memoirs and the author being so vulnerable and letting us into the most personal parts of not only th ...more
Chasten was one of the few candidate spouses I loved following on social media through the campaign trail because there is genuine warmth in his words and he just seemed very normal. And that persona truly comes across in his memoir, especially while listening to him narrate his story. While he makes it seem a lot of fun to listen to, there is also a lot of pain that comes across especially when he is talking about his teenage years, grappling with his sexuality while living in an environment th ...more
May 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: biography-memoir
Books on politics are really, really not my thing and I haven't read a memoir or biography of a living politician (including Pete Buttigieg), but this memoir was getting such great buzz I decided to give it a try. Glad I did as Chasten Buttigieg really impressed as an author and narrator and simply as a person. I give him a lot of credit for sharing his life and for being able to do so with such honesty and humor.

Love the mid-western values. Roll up your sleeves and do the work even when the wor
Dec 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An interesting autobiographical account of growing up gay in a midwestern American town. This is a complex, yet heartfelt and compelling read. I enjoyed getting to know Chasten and of course, Pete Buttigieg.

I loved listening to Pete on the campaign trail. He was always authentic, compassionate and not afraid to tackle the most difficult questions. They make a stellar team!
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was fascinating watching Pete Buttigieg’s Presidential campaign, while discovering along the way his secret weapon, his husband Chasten. Chasten emerged in his own right as an empathetic, caring, valued member of the team. In his memoir he shares details of his time on the campaign trail, as well as relating stories of his upbringing, his feelings of not belonging, and how he met the man who helped change it all.

His memoir is very easy to read, but there are moments that must’ve been hard to
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqiap, 2020, nonfiction
I’ve kinda recently discovered that I really like reading about the behind the scenes of political campaigns. So I was interested to read Chasten Buttigieg’s book to hear his experiences of being on the campaign trail while his husband Pete was running for President. He has a bit of a different perspective since he’s not a politician himself and only ended up in this position through his relationship.

In addition to the information about the campaign there is more about his relationship with Pet
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sincere, joyous, thoughtful memoir from the man who dared to imagine a place in US Presidential history for LGBTQ folk. And I'm not talking about James Buchanan. I joked after starting this audiobook to colleagues that it was a bit too Mayberry, but after listening to the entire book, I realize Chasten's view of the world originates from a place of a simple, happy childhood. He also shared his trauma and dark times. I too grew up in an idyllic home, and yet as I grew and came into my iden ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I doubt that “sweet” and “adorable” were the summary adjectives you were going for, chasten, but you hit them anyway. Among many others, which i’m sure you’ll see over and over in other reviews. I’m not gonna gush (but i could...)

I just loved listening to this on audio. The writing is honest and introspective, with a good balance between recognizing legitimate growth and being humble and grateful. The early years really struck me, both from a parent’s perspective (no matter how hard we try, we c
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If this book were an update by Pete Buttigieg of his memoir Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future, the climax would likely be the night Pete won the Iowa caucus, or perhaps the moment after the South Carolina primary when he decided that, for the good of the party and the country, it was time for him to drop out and endorse the emerging frontrunner. But this isn't Pete's book, it's Chasten Buttigieg's, and Chasten is very much his own person with his own impor ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Very funny and warm, and profound in many ways. He uses a lot of humor to talk about very serious topics all while making the book come across as a conversation. I tend to have a difficult time reading/listening to nonfiction, but this was really a great listen. Engaging, intriguing, and something I could put on and actually enjoy listening to without my mind wandering.

His discussions about student loan debt really spoke to me, as well as his views on politics in general. I hope
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even though I'm European, I followed this year's Democratic primary with great interest and was very impressed by Pete Buttigieg, easily the most visionary and progressive in the race. This book seemed like a great opportunity to learn more about him and his husband Chasten, and get the most detailed behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary campaign they ran.

Chasten did not disappoint. I was struck by how compelling his own story was, even before he met Pete. He writes beautifully and is very
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So I finished this in one sitting. I’m a fan of both Pete and Chasten and was looking forward to reading it, though I’m not much of a memoir person, typically.

It’s a quick read, and also just a really endearing and emotional one. I think Chasten is a great writer - we couldn’t come from more different backgrounds on paper, but the way he described the details of his childhood in Michigan, his love for his parents, how he struggled with his own identity, the pain he went through in his relations
Jessica Powell
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written in a conversational style, reading this felt like reading a letter from a close friend. Chasten takes us through his life growing up in Michigan, realizing he was different, and trying to accept himself while navigating a confusing and painful world of adolescence. He shares his journey of trying to achieving his goal of graduating college, accumulating a mountain of debt, and all the woes of dating. The reader walks with Chasten and Pete on their first date, follows their bu ...more
I greatly enjoyed reading/listening to this touching personal memoir. It felt very honest and straightforward to me, was sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes funny. It's written in a conversational style that made it a pleasant reading.
For me as an European it was not "only" the story of a political spouse but with this excellent book I also got a very interesting and detailed view of an American upbringing and the American culture.

4.5 stars
Megan Brown
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Growing up in Traverse City, where the author is from, I picked up this book and was so glad I did: clever, funny, heartfelt and breezed right through it! So good. It has two parts: authentic and vulnerable coming-of-age memoir plus a behind-the-scenes view of a political campaign. Highly recommend.
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to meet Chasten on the campaign trail while his husband was running in the Presidential Primary and was touched by his compassion and honestly. This book is relatable to anyone who when through those challenging years of finding ones place. Halfway through the book and I am not disappointed. I am so thankful Chasten is sharing his story with the world.
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Honest. Refreshing. Unpretentious. Humorous at times, and Chasten knows and admits to the sort of corny stuff. Definitely a fish-out-of-water story as this teacher/regular person on the street with debts and doubts finds himself in a political campaign. And on the final page, he writes, "...some things will never go back to normal, though, and while that can be uncomfortable, it's also exciting." So true, so basic, and very inspirational. Chasten is the kind of person I'd like to have as a neigh ...more
Brooke Ury
5.5/10. Pretty good book. Chasten definitely has more of a story to tell than Pete, and it was interesting to hear and learn from. The beginning path of his life was anything but linear, but he made it work. However, towards the end of the novel it wasn't quite as interesting because it was all centered around Pete's campaign. ...more
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Chasten Glezman Buttigieg was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan. A thespian, two-time 4-H blue-ribboner, and decorated member of the high school bowling team, he received his bachelor’s degree in theater and global studies from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire and his master’s in education from DePaul University. He has worked as a busboy, dog walker, nursing assistant, waiter, cash ...more

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“I often tease Peter because I have a master’s and he doesn’t—his Rhodes Scholarship covered a second bachelor’s. Nevertheless, I still have to listen to his introduction five times a day: “Harvard-educated Rhodes Scholar who was elected the youngest mayor of a town over one hundred thousand, who took a seven-month leave of absence to serve his country in Afghanistan.” There’s no animosity here, because he always builds me up, especially when it comes to areas I excel in. If anyone in this relationship is bragging too much about the other at dinner parties, it’s him. He never makes me feel like the dumber one in the relationship, even though I totally am the dumber one in the relationship. Not to be self-deprecating—I just married a polyglot superhuman.” 7 likes
“We drank wine, he was charming, but that’s all it was. Wine and Will & Grace. No touching! Finally, after a few weekends of laughing and watching Jack-and-Karen hijinks while sipping chardonnay, I asked, “So, uh, what’s going on here?” He then proceeded to tell me—are you ready for this?—that he was just trying to figure out if he still loved his husband while they were on a break. I have never left an apartment faster. I may have left a shoe behind. MEN!” 4 likes
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