You know those books you rate a medium score and then keep thinking about, months, years later, only to realise you enjoyed them much more than you thought you did at first? And the more you think about them, the more you like them? (Or is it just me?) Curtis Sittenfeld’s book Eligible was like that for me. I read it a while ago, and rated it 3 stars but now I can’t stop thinking about it, and wondering why I didn’t give it a full 5. So anyway, when Netgalley offered me an ARC of her next book You Think It, I’ll Say It, a collection of short stories set to be realeased in April, I gladly accepted without even checking what it was about.
So first of all, thanks to NetGalley and the author for providing me with an ARC of their book in exchange for a honest review, I really appreciate!
Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
Genre: short stories, realistic fiction
Release date: April 24th
My rating: ★★★★☆
This collection of short stories is what I would call realistic fiction, or slice of life, a genre that I don’t read a lotf of, but always end up really enjoying because it is usually extremely relatable. It does not have a magical happy ending, but instead, shows hard working characters that can live a life just like you. You think it, I’ll say it has stories about sex, growing up, and mixed opportunities. It shows divorced couples and single moms, among other stories featuring some celebrities, but mostly people just like you and me. I read this book really quickly, and I couldn’t put it down because I always wanted to know what the next story would contain.
Overall, I found the stories relatable just like I like it. My only regret is that it didn’t have more LGBT+ context (because for some reason, I was expecting this). One of the stories is featuring a lesbian couple with two kids which I absolutely loved, this story really spoke to me. And another story contains a character who has all the potential to be ace though this was never stated, so that’s too bad in my opinion, even though it was nice to see different characters.
In the end, yes I would recommend this book. It’s a quick read with relatable characters, and if you have read it, I would love to hear your opinion!