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You Think It, I'll Say It
You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories | Curtis Sittenfeld
A dazzling collection of short stories from the New York Times bestselling author of Prep, American Wife, and Eligible Curtis Sittenfeld has established a reputation as a sharp chronicler of the modern age who humanizes her subjects even as she skewers them. Now, with this first collection of short fiction, her astonishing gift for creating characters that take up residence in readers heads (The Washington Post) is showcased like never before. Throughout the ten stories in You Think It, Ill Say It, Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided. In The World Has Many Butterflies, married acquaintances play a strangely intimate game with devastating consequences. In Vox Clamantis in Deserto, a shy Ivy League student learns the truth about a classmates seemingly enviable life. In A Regular Couple, a high-powered lawyer honeymooning with her husband is caught off guard by the appearance of the girl who tormented her in high school. And in The Prairie Wife, a suburban mother of two fantasizes about the downfall of an old friend whose wholesome lifestyle-brand empire may or may not be built on a lie. With moving insight and uncanny precision, Curtis Sittenfeld pinpoints the questionable decisions, missed connections, and sometimes extraordinary coincidences that make up a life. Indeed, she writes what were all thinkingif only we could express it with the wit of a master satirist, the storytelling gifts of an old-fashioned raconteur, and the vision of an American original. Praise for Curtis Sittenfeld Novelists get called master storytellers all the time, but Sittenfeld really is one.The Washington Post Sittenfeld . . . . is popular but intellectual, accessible but mysterious and, above alla perspective chameleon with an uncanny ability to enter the minds of callow prep school outcasts and devotedly compromising first ladies alike.NPRs All Things Considered [Sittenfeld] is a master of dramatic irony, creating fully realized social worlds before laying waste to her heroines understanding of them. . . . Her prose [is] a rich delight.The Boston Globe Three cheers for Curtis Sittenfeld and her astute, sharp and ebullient anthropological interest in the human condition.The New York Times
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Chelleo
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ A collection of short stories. The stories were ok…I felt as if they all ended pretty abruptly…would have enjoyed if a few stories were expanded into longer form, novella or a short novel. It was a decent palette cleanser read.

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Kris10H
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⭐⭐⭐⚡
This was a nice collection of short stories. I found them interesting, and open for the reader to interpret and make their own personal connections. The connection I made is that some people we meet, and experiences we have, can impact our lives in unexpected ways.

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Megabooks
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This is my 3rd time reading this collection, and I enjoyed it more than ever! The stories are fairly straightforward with just a bit of zing. The collection builds well as each story improves on the last. (They are not connected, though.) The last story, Do-Over, completely won me over with its awkward dynamics between the characters. I really appreciated how well the aromantic character in Plausible Deniability is done.

BarbaraBB I loved this one so much 🤍 2y
Cinfhen Still haven‘t read this one yet. I think I own it on #Kindle 🤪 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it‘s a great collection! 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen you aren‘t usually a fan of short stories, so why doesn‘t this surprise me! 😂 2y
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JackOBotts
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I received a $15 gift card to B&N from a colleague and hit the $5 book section for this little #bookhaul. Yes, I did pay for shipping, but am still counting this as a win! 📚

Cathythoughts I‘m interested to hear your thoughts on the tagged book 👍🏻 2y
Nute A nice “win” imo! 2y
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AlysonCB
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Next on the reading pile. I need to clean the entire flat before I begin 😫

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huntersmom1977
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Hooked_on_books
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A solid story collection exploring the theme of communication between people, including how differently two people can see the same situation. I really enjoyed this and it was a pretty quick listen.

BarbaraBB I adored this one 💕 3y
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ontheBL
You Think It, I'll Say It | Curtis Sittenfeld
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You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld is a collection of short stories chronicling and eviscerating characters navigating everyday problems of the modern era and socioeconomic status, gender, and love. She's one of my favorite contemporary writers because she has an amazing style and no qualms about critiquing reality.

https://onthebl.org/2019/11/06/you-think-it-ill-say-it-by-curtis-sittenfeld/

BarbaraBB I loved this book 💙 3y
ontheBL @BarbaraBB She is an amazing writer. 3y
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Verity
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I didn‘t love it the way I did Eligible (or prep) but it‘s still pretty darn good and probably my favourite short story collection I‘ve read this year so far.

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Verity
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Have really enjoyed Sittenfeld before, have a mixed record with short story collections. I‘ll keep you posted.

jhod I loved this 3y
Verity @jhod I‘m optimistic 3y
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Well-ReadNeck
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#TBRTuesday

Reading down #MountTBR this week. The tagged book is a re-read for book club next Sunday!

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Kathrin
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Mehso-so

Not sure why I picked this book up. I think it was on some kind of list.

Anyways, not bad, but I am just not that interested in the daily hardships of affluent people.

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kspenmoll
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Just enjoying this short story collection so much! Hoping to finish it today.
Finished. Loved this collection. So satisfying to read a couple of stories a day at most so I could savor each one. 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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janeycanuck
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Mehso-so

The book was a so-so (I‘m just not into short stories) but as always, the conversation at last night‘s #GirlyBookClub was great!

marleed I read this this year. I don‘t remember it - that‘s my problem with short stories. I need to develop a different way to absorb them. 3y
janeycanuck @marleed I think short stories are something you need to dip in and out of, reading only one at a time. I like to immerse myself more and a story is done just as I‘m really starting to sink into it. 3y
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kspenmoll
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#porchlife #earlymorning

Stole about 15 min to read before leaving for work today.

BarbaraBB I loved this one. 3y
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kspenmoll
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#daytripping #shortstories #readingincar

Such a unique diverse short story collection. Reading a few at a time. Such pleasure!

Kaylamburson I loved these stories! 3y
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kspenmoll
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#coffeeandbooks #porchlife #vacationends #daytripping
Another beautiful sweatshirt morning. I go back to work tomorrow & begin a new school year. Plan a short hike at Mianus Gorge Preserve today (Bedford NY). Our last family summer Day trip.

alisiakae Good luck tomorrow! I‘m enjoying porch reading this weekend too. 3y
Tamra I am spending the day doing last minute prep. I would rather hike! (The cost of procrastination.) 3y
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Megabooks
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Despite being rather straightforward for short stories, I enjoyed this collection. The title story, The Prairie Wife, and Plausible Deniability (which reminded me of myself) were among my favorites. The narrators are good, as with most of Reese‘s book club picks.

Overall, I‘d recommend this collection to readers who aren‘t short story lovers and those who are. Pretty universal. 4⭐️

Mdargusch I loved Eligible but I‘m not a short story fan. You might‘ve persuaded me to try this though. 3y
Megabooks @Mdargusch Often authors feel like they have to include a bizarre twist (like someone turning into a cactus) or an opening ending for it to be a literary fiction story story™. The twists in these stories are no different than full-length novels and they all have closed endings. It‘s more like reading 20 page novels from Curtis than typical short stories! 3y
Mdargusch That definitely seems like something I would like then. 3y
Reviewsbylola You know how I feel about short stories but I loved this collection. @Megabooks @Mdargusch 3y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola it‘s definitely one I can see you liking! 3y
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Vulpixen
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Penny and I just finished one set of short stories for a book club and on to the next!

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DakotaWilde
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Mehso-so

This is a collection of short stories. Although some were incredibly interesting, on a whole it was mostly a so-so pick for me.

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GardenJess
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I generally don‘t like short stories. Over halfway through this collection is growing on me.

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swishandflick
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Bailedbailed

I think this is a case of "it's not you, it's me." I have a really hard time getting into short story collections in general, but thought I'd give this a try because I love Curtis Sittenfeld's novels. The first few stories were fine, but i just don't feel invested enough to continue. And when it starts to feel like assigning yourself homework to read it, it's time to bail and let someone else check out the library loan ?

Bookwormjillk Agree! 4y
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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

I'm not a huge fan of short stories. Some were cute enough. Some really turned me off. Not my cup of tea, but I'm glad I tried.

Vansa Totally agree. I'm a huge fan of her books otherwise, I was really disappointed by this. 4y
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Megabooks
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Pickpick

I‘ve really come to like Curtis. This is my favorite kind of short story collection, one that puts just enough twists on everyday life to make it fun. Definitely recommend! 4⭐️

Reviewsbylola I love her and believe it or not, this is one short story collection I really enjoyed! 4y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Stop the presses!! 😱😱😱 Steph liked a short story collection. 😉🤣🤣🤣 4y
Reviewsbylola It‘s crazy! Even I was shocked! 4y
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jdiehr
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Panpan

This was not my cup of tea. I listened to the audiobook and found my mind wandering, forgetting what was going on and not caring enough to go back and find out.
Guess I don't like all of Reese's picks after all.

Trashcanman 👀👋😊🤗👀👋 4y
jdiehr @Trashcanman 🤗😀 4y
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jdiehr
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I've been bad about posting for #litsywalkers but good about getting out in between rain showers and walking. Haven't missed a day!

I started the tagged audiobook and am enjoying some stories and not others. I'll go a little further in before making a judgement.

DivineDiana Cheers! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
Kaye Great job for going daily ! 4y
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tholmz
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This came to me at the perfect time and I really enjoyed it collectively.

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DocBrown
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This is the book That Kind of Mother wishes it was. Still very much about privileged white people, but at least things happen to the moms (and others) in these stories. I found them engaging and challenging in all the right ways. The theme seemed to be: how do we live in the present with the long shadow cast by our past? Is there any connection between what we experienced earlier—say, in high school and college—to who we are now? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB I loved this book 💜 4y
DocBrown @BarbaraBB Yeah? Anything in particular? 4y
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LibraryLovingMommy
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Devoured this. Don't typically like short stories but author does an excellent job creating unique voices for each character. (Audio)

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Whitparks
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Great set of short stories- easy to read with each one being unique. I especially liked “The Prairie Wife” and “Vox Clamantos In Deserto”.

TheSpineView Welcome to Litsy! ❤📚 4y
Pricel101 Welcome to Litsy! 👋 4y
AlwaysForeverReading Welcome to Litsy!!! 4y
greenhairdontcare Welcome to Litsy!💚 4y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 4y
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wallacereads
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My Reese‘s book club obsession continues. I do not usually read short stories, but glad I picked this one up. My faveourite ones were ‘The World Has Many Butterflies‘ and ‘Vox Clamantis in Deserto‘.

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Someone recently mentioned this was their favorite read this year, so I borrowed it from the library. It was a great collection! I still don‘t prefer short stories to novels, but I enjoyed reading these. My favorites were Off the Record, Bad Latch, and Plausible Deniability. But honestly, they were all pretty good!

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Q84
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Mehso-so

☆☆☆

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Jbakesmcgee3
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I loved all but one of these short stories! I particularly loved “the prairie wife”

tholmz My favorite too! 4y
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Blaire
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I love all Curtis Sittenfeld writes and this did not disappoint. Stories of mid-western women primarily my age group (mid-30s-early 40s), dealing with expectations around babies, parenting, career choices, romance, and trump. My favorite was the one of the woman looking back at her time at Dartmouth. Took me straight back to college. Many stories felt so real I forgot it was fiction. #booked2018 #publishedin2018 #airplaneread

Cinfhen I thought this was nonfiction/ essay collection. Didn‘t realize it was fiction. Safe travels and great review💋 4y
Blaire Thank you! Heading to a friend‘s wedding. Her sense of place is spot on. She described several neighborhoods I‘ve lived in and the way she wrote about the people (esp new mothers) and places was perfect. 4y
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BarbaraBB
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#OctoberStats #BestOfOctober #OctoberWrapUp

This month I‘ve read 11 books. That‘s an average amount for me.
I‘ve not read many spooky reads, just the ones needed for #Pop18 and #Booked2018, because I don‘t like them very much and because I can read them year round as October is not considered an especially spooky month where I live.

These five were my favourites with the tagged book as my October number 1.

Reggie What is the spooky month where you live? 4y
Kalalalatja I know what you mean, our shops have tried to make Halloween a thing in Denmark, but we already have another holiday in February where we, or kids dress up, and go trick or treating, so the only Halloween-y stuff going on here is pumpkin carving 🎃🎃 4y
UwannaPublishme Anne Tyler! 🙌🏻 Such a great read. 4y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Exactly, the shops try but it‘s more a commercial thing than anything else! We don‘t have a spooky month @Reggie but I think Carnival comes closest, which is just a few days however and celebrated only in the Catholic part of the country. 4y
BarbaraBB @UwannaPublishme Yay, a really heartwarming novel without being cheesy don‘t you think? 4y
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jhod
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Loving this #thought-provoking book of short stories. About a quarter of the way in, could easily be a 5*...
#31bookpics @howjessreads

JennyM I enjoyed this so much....and I think I‘ve met every one of the characters in real life. Very poignant! 4y
jhod @JennyM some of them were me at various stages of life! 4y
JennyM @jhod lol...me too! 4y
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AlizaApp
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Loved these short stories, mostly about relationships or people thinking about past lovers or modern marriages on the brink. I like the way Sittenfeld makes me think about the way I relate to other people. Also, the title story was a knockout.

BarbaraBB I especially loved the title story as well💜 4y
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BarbaraBB
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(Repost, I accidentally deleted my original post)

This is collection of perfect short stories of women in their thirties, living in the Midwest in this Trump era. They are smart, they are a bit strange, they think about gender and politics. They are so real and I was sorry for each story to end. Highly recommended!

Cinfhen I think she‘s a smart writer although I really disliked this book of fiction 4y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I see very mixed review for that one indeed. This one however is really good and I‘m almost sure you‘d love it 💜 4y
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JennyM
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Today #AllThatIWant is a fresh new read, a cuppa and a sugar-sweet treat made by my little darlings.

eanderson The mug cracks me up!! 4y
Kalalalatja It looks lovely! 👌 4y
Reviewsbylola That sounds like my perfect morning. 😍 4y
Cinfhen Sooooo cute 4y
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Mdonald
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JennyM
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1 | #SeptemberDanes

Curtis Sittenfeld‘s short story, Gender Studies, may be perfect reading for #BarbieGirl issues

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 4y
Kalalalatja I‘ll have to look into that one! 4y
Cinfhen Love this 💜I‘ve been a fan of Curtis since her “Prep” days 4y
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Hazel0303
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What a great read! This may be my first book of short stories and I absolutely loved it. The last three stories weren‘t my favorite, but I really enjoyed the others. Highly recommend for a fast and enjoyable read!

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Chelsea.Poole
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I loved this collection of short stories. So very relatable and entertaining. I‘m going to have to read other works by this author! ♥️ also, the #audiobook was nicely done.
Ps. This is one of our new work shirts! Aren‘t they rad??

riversong153 💙💙💙 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled ❤️ the shirt!! 4y
read.run.travel 😍 I wanna work where you work!! 4y
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Christine Yes! I loved this too, and you must read more Curtis!! ❤️ 4y
ErikasMindfulShelf Love the shirt!! 4y
Chelsea.Poole @read.run.travel we are hiring! ;) 4y
Chelsea.Poole @Christine which one should I start with? This is my first experience with her! 😊 4y
Christine Prep was my first and probably is still my favorite (though I loved this one a lot too!). 4y
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Chelsea.Poole
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I‘m a bit more than halfway into this collection of short stories (which I don‘t always enjoy) and I‘m loving it!! The #audiobook is excellent.

RebelReader I always think I don‘t like short stories, but I find I really do. Enjoyed this collection as well! 4y
charl08 She's such a good writer. 4y
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Suelizbeth
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Mehso-so

This was the May, Reese Witherspoon book club pick. The short stories are well written, but each one has an element of squiriminess to it that is definitely off putting. There was one story that I read through my fingers, because it made me so uncomfortable. Why did I read it, you may ask? Because I sort of liked it, but sort of didn‘t. I don‘t know if that makes any sense, but there you go. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #25infive