Review: If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi

 

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

Clues to describe this book: relationships, deception, traditional vs. modern values, and vulnerability

Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from FlatIronBooks in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review, or rating.

Review: If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi is Neel Patel’s debut book. It’s a collection of short stories that focus on first generation Indian Americans. My favorite short story was World Famous. Overall, I wasn’t really impressed with this book. I think the main reason I didn’t like this book is how first generation Indian Americans are portrayed. All the characters are terrible and I couldn’t sympathize with any of them. All of them seemed to have serious psychological issues or were drug addicts or alcoholics. That being said, I really liked the writing style and also liked how the author used various POVs. I would recommend this book only if you enjoy reading short stories or reading about different kinds of relationships. The book releases on Tuesday 7/10.

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