If You See Me, Don't Say Hi by Neel Patel

If You See Me, Don't Say Hi

In these eleven sharp, surprising stories, Neel Patel gives voice to our most deeply held stereotypes and then slowly undermines them. His characters, almost all of who are first-generation Indian Americans, subvert our expectations that they will sit quietly by. We meet two brothers caught in an elaborate web of envy and loathing; a young gay man who becomes involved with an older man whose secret he could never guess; three women who almost gle...

Details If You See Me, Don't Say Hi

TitleIf You See Me, Don't Say Hi
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Lgbt

Reviews If You See Me, Don't Say Hi

  • Larry H
    Somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars, rounding up.With his debut story collection, If You See Me, Don't Say Hi , Neel Patel serves notice that he is a talent to be reckoned with. The 11 stories in this collection are packed with emotion and turn people's perceptions and stereotypes of most Indian Americans on their ear. Some of the characters in these stories follow traditional paths, while others are anything but traditional—they're Facebook-sta...
  • Diane S ☔
    LOVE AND LOSS, follow the characters in these eleven beautifully written stories. They follow various scenarios in the lives of characters of Indian descent, maintains their own customer, while navigating new lives in the states. The title story is so usual the one that stands out and concerns two brothers who once close fall out over a careless comment one of them makes. Their estrangement will last ten years.The last two stories are connecting ...
  • Thomas
    3.5 starsA great debut short story collection that centers the complex lives of first-generation Indian Americans, some queer and some straight. Neel Patel, an emerging voice in literature, dispels the model minority myth with these 11 well-written stories. Though people often make assumptions about Indian Americans (e.g., they are rich, all they care about is working hard and getting their kids into good schools, their families all abide by the ...
  • TL
    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. :)=====3.5 stars overallA well done collection of stories. Actually enjoyed all of them:) Not that I wasn't expecting to but sometimes it is in the back of my mind when I pick up any short story collection. Loved taking the time to savor these.No complaints about this one:) Definitely re-read material down the road.-----Individual ratings:God of Destruction : 3 stars Hare ...
  • Rod-Kelly Hines
    This is a lovely collection of quaint stories unified by the common theme of human imperfection. Although each story features an Indian protagonist, the cultural references are secondary to the universal experiences these characters deal with. I could deeply relate to something in every story and that is the mark of a great collection. Much of it is focused on love, domestic life, and careers and all of the strangely profound feelings that these ...
  • Olha
    The main problem of short stories – they are short. However, they are a wonderful choice for travelling. You can read different stories in whatever order you like, whenever you want and don’t memorize characters and their doings to follow the story. “If you see me, don’t say Hi” by Neel Patel contains eleven stories. Each of them is interesting, but not each one leaves a mark. I mean, when I was reading the fifth story I could not remem...
  • Jade
    I love writing short stories but funnily enough I only really started reading them this past decade. I don’t know why I used to avoid the genre because I feel it showcases a writer’s talent in a way that can sometimes get submerged in a novel.Anyway, Neel Patel’s début collection, If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi, does a great job showcasing his talent: he’s an exceptional writer. Each story contains gem upon gem of wonderful insights into ...
  • Sachi Sabella
    What I liked most about this book is that it was an easy, fast read. The book left me lost and confused. The details were clear, the characters were all sad and strange. Depressing, but I didn’t feel bad for them. I almost wanted something horrible to happen to them just so I could see some type humanness. Can a book be boring and intriguing at the same time? This was a different type of read for me
  • Ylenia
    3.5 starsA really interesting collection of short stories that explores sex, obsession, relationships and traditions. The protagonists were all Indians living in America, people we often don't hear stories from in literature.
  • Tes - paperbackbones
    The stories in this collection had such an earnest openness about them. I was beyond pleased at how diverse the characters were - men, women, gay, straight, young & older, etc. Some narratives were stronger than others, but all of them offered compelling insights (& often, dark humor) that I eagerly devoured. In these, Patel explored relationships— between people and their families, their spouses, and friends. But he also explored the complex r...
  • Tyler Goodson
    These stories are about people on the brink--in between cultures, relationships, jobs--and this instability lends Patel's collection a sense of uncertainty and danger, and his characters vulnerability. They are not the shining stars of their families, but the daughters you make excuses for or the brothers you pretend don't exist. They are familiar, funny, sad, and true, and populate stories that are surprising, entertaining, and memorable.
  • Miriam
    These stories are full of regret. Of failure, of what could’ve been. Each one made my heart ache and fill with longing. Complex relationships between family and others, written smoothly and expertly.
  • Stephanie
    Thanks to Flatiron for sending me a review copy!Through the eleven stories in this collection, Neel Patel explores stereotypes and expectations with his Indian American protagonists. Most are young (none past middle age; most are teenagers or in their twenties), straddling the world of their parents and the culture they now find themselves - arranged marriages, online dating, unrequited love.It's an easy collection to read - often funny, often en...
  • Jacqueline
    Aside from ~3 stories I didn't love, all of these stories in this collection broke my heart, made me feel all the feelings, emptied my soul, tore me apart (hey, that rhymes)... which is exactly what I aim to get out of reading in general. Similar motifs and themes are employed throughout each story; each involves an Indian-American character who's either incredibly rich and employed as a doctor or lawyer or has parents who are employed as such, o...
  • Sarah Ames-Foley
    You can also find this review on my blog.cw: homophobia; sex; infidelity; racism; drunk driving; sexual assault/csadisclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for review consideration. All of the opinions presented below are my own.We lived through the lives of our future selves, passing our remaining days in a fugue.My rating for each story:god of destruction 4/5 hare rama, hare krishna 4/5 h...
  • Michelle
    Compelling and captivating short stories. Each story provoked many emotions. After each story I needed to contemplate on what it meant or represented.
  • Ming
    Each story has a twist. A catch. Something that was introduced as one thing would become something else. The series of short stories made this writing element more pronounced; and the pattern started to feel like a gimmick.The stories are quick reading and they're generally good. I liked how the stories were varied in terms of main characters (some were men, women, etc.)I liked "hare rama, hare krishna," and "just a friend." I feel like I've read...
  • Boz
    I do not normally gravitate towards short story collections, but the title of the book and its cover intrigued me. Within the first few pages, I was hooked and knew I found a new author whose work I will seek out the instant it becomes available. "If You See Me, Don't Say Hi" has eleven concise stories, roughly about 20 pages each, which highlights various present-day platonic, familial, and romantic relationships between an array of characters. ...
  • Gauraa Shekhar
    Patel’s stories are fever dreams. They quietly steep into your consciousness. Get enmeshed in reality. It’s only when you’re recounting these stories over dinner that something tips askance. You’re forced to remember that these experiences didn’t really happen to a friend, or to a friend of a friend, but to a character in a book you inhaled in a single sitting one night last week. So fast it almost didn’t happen. If You See Me, Don’...
  • Jake
    I won a copy of this from a goodreads giveaway. These are short stories of Indian Americans from Illinois, some protagonists male, some female, some gay, some straight. The characters are very strong (he even seems to write from a female perspective pretty well although what do I know about that?.. but then again, what does one woman know what it's like to be another woman?). The stories are good, generally about some sort of longing and dissatis...
  • Laura
    I received an advance reading copy of If You See Me, Don't Say Hi: Stories through a giveaway from Flatiron Books on Goodreads. The description on the back of the cover states, "A bravura debut story collection about love, family, success, and the experience of being brown in America today". I would describe it as stories about moving into adulthood, choosing to accept or deny your parent's culture, and the gamut of emotions as you live with the ...
  • Victoria
    I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.4.5 stars!I thought it was an excellent collection of short stories that covered topics that included culture, beliefs, gender, race, sexuality, racism, sexism, homophobia, sexual assault, and other intersections of one’s life.It was an emotional roller coaster but it felt like a quick read that portrayed the ups and (mostly) downs of human relationships.
  • Andrienne
    Oh wow, these stories are like a punch in the gut. About family and finding love. I feel like I was given a front row seat to the culture, beliefs, attitude of Indian Americans. The stories are disconcerting but vibrant. Giving just enough for the essence to shine through. Review copy provided by the publisher.
  • Suzanne M
    I am completely in love with the short stories in this book. So much so that I read it in one sitting.Each story is completely engrossing and refreshingly current. Whether these characters are reliving the past or looking toward the future, the storyline twists and turns so that the outcome is often totally unexpected. Fantastic!
  • Faith 09
    I read this book in one sitting. It was great.
  • Elijah Howell
    These stories were so moving and unique
  • Hillary Smith
    If You See Me Don't Say Hi marks the entrance of a brilliant new talent to the literary world. These deeply moving stories are unlike anything I have read, and it is lucky for readers that we finally live in a time where stories of queer, interesting, flawed and multi-dimensional people of color are being published. The Other Language is one of my favorite stories in the collection and will continue to haunt me. I look forward to reading everythi...
  • Lindsey
    Thank you to Flat Iron Books for my free finished copy in exchange for an honest review.I've never actually reviewed a collection of short stories before, and I don't read them often so I was skeptical about how I would feel about this book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I absolutely loved each and every story. They each feature Indian Americans and their culture, but more importantly, they are all about the human experience. The storie...
  • Maria
    Neel Patel's collection of short stories—stories about living and loving as a brown person in America—rewards readers who like to get straight to the good stuff. Chilled out on the couch, screen in my face, it took three sentences into the first story to get me hooked. I read this in two long, quick sessions, each story unfolding in a series of emotional roller coasters. From one night stands to first loves to surviving brutal family gossip, ...