You Know You Want This

You Know You Want This

Kristen Roupenian / Aug 26, 2019

You Know You Want This From the author of Cat Person the short story that launched a thousand theories The Guardian comes Kristen Roupenian s highly anticipated debut a compulsively readable collection of short stor

  • Title: You Know You Want This
  • Author: Kristen Roupenian
  • ISBN: You Know You Want This: "Cat Person" and Other Stories
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  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the author of Cat Person the short story that launched a thousand theories The Guardian comes Kristen Roupenian s highly anticipated debut, a compulsively readable collection of short stories that explore the complex and often darkly funny connections between gender, sex, and power across genres You Know You Want This brilliantly explores the ways in which women From the author of Cat Person the short story that launched a thousand theories The Guardian comes Kristen Roupenian s highly anticipated debut, a compulsively readable collection of short stories that explore the complex and often darkly funny connections between gender, sex, and power across genres You Know You Want This brilliantly explores the ways in which women are horrifying as much as it captures the horrors that are done to them Among its pages are a couple who becomes obsessed with their friend hearing them have sex, then seeing them have sex until they can t have sex without him a ten year old whose birthday party takes a sinister turn when she wishes for something mean a woman who finds a book of spells half hidden at the library and summons her heart s desire a nameless, naked man and a self proclaimed biter who dreams of sneaking up behind and sinking her teeth into a green eyed, long haired, pink cheeked coworker.Spanning a range of genres and topics from the mundane to the murderous and supernatural these are stories about sex and punishment, guilt and anger, the pleasure and terror of inflicting and experiencing pain These stories fascinate and repel, revolt and arouse, scare and delight in equal measure And, as a collection, they point a finger at you, daring you to feel uncomfortable or worse, understood as if to say, You want this, right You know you want this Get A Copy Kindle Store UKOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 240 pages Published January 15th 2019 by Gallery Scout Press More Details Original Title You Know You Want This Cat Person and Other Stories ISBN 1982101636 ISBN13 9781982101633 Edition Language English Other Editions 17 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about You Know You Want This, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book The Millions Most Anticipated The Great First Half 2019 Book Preview January March 84 books 12 voters 2019 Most Anticipated Releases No YA 189 books 313 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 21, 2019 Meike rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves usa, 2019 read I went into this equally curious and suspicious I applaud a writer who gets the internet talking about a short story , but the hype around Roupenian s debut collection has gathered proportions that invite some kind of backlash Looking at the actual material, the book as a whole is a little uneven and in parts feels underdeveloped, but hell, this is an exciting writer who has the potential to go places Roupenian ventures into the darker recesses of the I went into this equally curious and suspicious I applaud a writer who gets the internet talking about a short story , but the hype around Roupenian s debut collection has gathered proportions that invite some kind of backlash Looking at the actual material, the book as a whole is a little uneven and in parts feels underdeveloped, but hell, this is an exciting writer who has the potential to go places Roupenian ventures into the darker recesses of the human mind, where all things weird, disgusting, and irrational reside, and her gift is to describe them in a way that the underlying tendencies of the characters suddenly seem alarmingly familiar or even relatable Another special quality of these stories, which center around or less dysfunctional human relationships, is that they painfully depict ambiguity which is the core of the whole Cat Person controversy, IMHO I appreciate this kind of storytelling which negotiates the dynamics of the rational and the emotional, of the strong suits and the flaws inside and between human beings Roupenian takes the perspective of men and women often possessed by their subconscious or even conscious urges The bachelorette party where a former teen idol gets invited and objectified, the young woman who is or is not eaten up by a parasite or by her unhappy relationship , the kids birthday party that becomes a standoff with the stepmother, the nice guy who exploits female weaknesses or are the women in fact exploiting him , and I particularly liked that one a horror tale about a princess who falls in love with a smelly contraption The majority of these stories are inventive and memorable, but similar to Moshfegh s Homesick for Another World there is sometimes a thin line between flashy stories aiming to shock and shocking stories aiming to reveal a deeper message When I read the first story of this collection, Bad Boy , which is about dependence, control and violence, I was initally disappointed because it is so effect driven, at the expense of psychological believability what s up with the guy they manipulate and subtlety But I will cut this debut author some slack, and I am extremely curious what she will do next.Thanks to Aufbau Blumenbar for the review copy, and kudos to the people responsible for the cover design this edition looks much nicer than the ones you get in English flag 31 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Jan 31, 2019 Larry H rated it really liked it Wow, what a crazy collection of short stories this was Kristen Roupenian s debut collection, You Know You Want This , is at turns frank, brutal, disturbing, kinky, poignant, emotional, and eye opening Her stories are about relationships of all kinds parental, romantic, sexual, those between friends and lovers, and even those between relative strangers The relationships are rarely equal, in that most often, someone has the upper hand, although it might not always last for long.This collection Wow, what a crazy collection of short stories this was Kristen Roupenian s debut collection, You Know You Want This , is at turns frank, brutal, disturbing, kinky, poignant, emotional, and eye opening Her stories are about relationships of all kinds parental, romantic, sexual, those between friends and lovers, and even those between relative strangers The relationships are rarely equal, in that most often, someone has the upper hand, although it might not always last for long.This collection reminded me a little of Carmen Maria Machado s fantastic collection Her Body and Other Parties , in that they explore imbalances of power between the genders, and a number of the stories have some sort of erotic charge A few of the 12 stories in this book are a little weirder than most, with violence, fear, and even the supernatural at their core, while some take a traditional route.Among my favorites in this collection were Bad Boy, in which a couple starts out wanting to help their friend get over a dysfunctional relationship, only to create an even dysfunctional relationship with him The Boy in the Pool, about childhood best friends who had grown apart, and a teenage crush on an actor from that same period The Matchbox Sign, which tells of a couple struggling with problems real and imagined Scarred, about a woman who conjures her heart s desire, a naked man, after finding a book of spells in the library and Cat Person, in which a young woman finds herself in a relationship with a man for whom she s not sure how she feels.Roupenian has a vivid imagination, a talent for evocative imagery, and she creates characters which, for the most part, seemed like everyday people trapped in some unusual situations Obviously that doesn t apply to every story While a few of the stories were a little too bizarre for my tastes and she s unflinchingly graphic with her descriptions of violence, blood, gore, and a little bit of the macabre , overall, I found this a fascinating collection, one that will definitely stick in my mind for a long while.This is the first short story collection I ve read in 2018, and I hope it signifies that this will be a year of fresh stories from writers new and seasoned, full of memorable characters and situations that make me feel, make me think, and at times, make me a little uncomfortable See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at flag 51 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Jessica Sullivan rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 read, dark and disturbing, literary fiction If you were alive and online in 2018, you probably read and talked about Kristen Roupenian s short story, Cat Person Well, get ready for her debut collection, because it s here and ready to punch you in the gut or, perhaps aptly, bite your face off.Drawing comparisons to Carmen Maria Machado and Ottessa Moshfegh, this dark, perverse, macabre collection explores relationships with a distinct focus on power dynamics The subjects are mostly women, and they are at times the victims and the If you were alive and online in 2018, you probably read and talked about Kristen Roupenian s short story, Cat Person Well, get ready for her debut collection, because it s here and ready to punch you in the gut or, perhaps aptly, bite your face off.Drawing comparisons to Carmen Maria Machado and Ottessa Moshfegh, this dark, perverse, macabre collection explores relationships with a distinct focus on power dynamics The subjects are mostly women, and they are at times the victims and the villains.In one story, a young woman uses black magic to summon her dream man and then slowly drains him of his blood to use in other spells An office worker with a compulsion for biting waits for the perfect opportunity to rip into her coworker s face A little girl blows out her birthday candles and wishes for something mean And in a story that feels like a counterpart to Cat Person, Roupenian deconstructs the common trope of the Nice Guy This collection is visceral, depraved and deeply uncomfortable but if you re anything like me, it s hard to resist the allure of fiction that probes the hidden depths of humanity, those taboo thoughts and feelings we don t dare allow to the surface flag 16 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 21, 2019 John Decker rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 There are three stories in this that are terribly clunky and out of place I cannot bring myself to give it five stars But the remainder of these are fantastically disgusting This collection takes the absurd and wince worthy all the way sometimes for ambiguous, sometimes sociopolitical reasons and I am here for it flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 01, 2019 Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves read2019, short stories, reviewcopy, netgalley I went into these stories braced not to like them I quite enjoyed Cat Person and the surrounding controversy, but heard these stories were full of unlikeable characters and disturbing situations And they are, but Kristen Roupenian has an uncanny sense of the inner lives of people their messy, uncomfortable, inner lives There is one story in here that feels like it doesn t fit unless you think of the characters as cat people And really, it does fit in the way that the male character is a wh I went into these stories braced not to like them I quite enjoyed Cat Person and the surrounding controversy, but heard these stories were full of unlikeable characters and disturbing situations And they are, but Kristen Roupenian has an uncanny sense of the inner lives of people their messy, uncomfortable, inner lives There is one story in here that feels like it doesn t fit unless you think of the characters as cat people And really, it does fit in the way that the male character is a white person upset about how the people in the country he moves to are treating him, as per usual I had an eARC from the publisher This came out January 15, and I finished it in the airport on my way to Seattle. flag 18 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jenny Reading Envy Bryan wrote Thank you just reread Cat Person Such an impressive, incisive story Isnt it great She really captured something that upset peop Bryan wrote Thank you just reread Cat Person Such an impressive, incisive story Isnt it great She really captured something that upset people because it was so true 3 hours, 52 min ago Bryan Alexander Yeah.Reading a MetaFilter thread, it was fascinating to discover that she was an active reader on that site 3 hours, 24 min ago Dec 02, 2018 Jessica Woodbury rated it really liked it Shelves arc, story collection 3.5 starsI don t blame anyone for wanting to immediately capitalize on the massive success of Cat Person by getting a collection of stories out as soon as possible, but I can still wish they d waited a bit until the collection was solid and cohesive.I do not mind so much that the stories here can vary quite widely in theme, style, and genre But there are two or three particular buckets you can sort them into rather than a mosaic of a wide variety of styles, leaving it feeling like a few 3.5 starsI don t blame anyone for wanting to immediately capitalize on the massive success of Cat Person by getting a collection of stories out as soon as possible, but I can still wish they d waited a bit until the collection was solid and cohesive.I do not mind so much that the stories here can vary quite widely in theme, style, and genre But there are two or three particular buckets you can sort them into rather than a mosaic of a wide variety of styles, leaving it feeling like a few separate things haphazardly stitched together I could forgive that easily if the stories were of similar quality, but Roupenian s stories about the darkness within sex and relationships are so much better than the others that I wanted a whole book of just them How much I would have loved a book of stories pushing into these themes of aggression and violence and repression and fear The first couple of stories fit into this group and were two of my favorites, particularly the first story Bad Boy And there was another strong run through the middle with Cat Person and The Good Guy, which look at the unspoken resentments and fears of opposite sex relationships from different sides, they go really nicely one after the other Roupenian s use of fantastical elements was hit and miss, some of her preferred themes are there but the sudden appearance of the fantastic sometimes feels less like an unexpected twist and like a cop out that leaves the most interesting stuff unexamined I already knew Roupenian was talented, and I hope that her next work has a little time to work itself out so we can see what she can do flag 9 likesLike see review Nov 29, 2018 LittleSophie rated it it was ok Shelves 2018, short stories These stories were a mixed bag and my suspicion is, that the publisher asked Roupenian, after the phenomenal success of Cat Person, if she had any other stories to publish A lot of them feel quite unpolished and young, relying on shock value and overstretching the point Cat Person, with its razor sharp observations and truthfulness, still surpasses the other stories by miles Some stories were intriguing, but most of them lacked the mature style of her famous story.I m very much looking forwar These stories were a mixed bag and my suspicion is, that the publisher asked Roupenian, after the phenomenal success of Cat Person, if she had any other stories to publish A lot of them feel quite unpolished and young, relying on shock value and overstretching the point Cat Person, with its razor sharp observations and truthfulness, still surpasses the other stories by miles Some stories were intriguing, but most of them lacked the mature style of her famous story.I m very much looking forward to her upcoming novel, though flag 7 likesLike see review Nov 24, 2018 Jaclyn Crupi rated it liked it A collection of mediocre short stories, nothing , nothing less flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Jill rated it liked it Shelves american, literary fiction, short fiction Kristen Roupenian got a book deal on the strength of Cat Person, the New Yorker short story that buzzed across the Internet in late 2018, stoked by the still red hot embers of the metoo movement Last year, I read and loved the story Cat Person.This year, I read the collection You Know You Want This and loved the story Cat Person And that s the unfortunate truth this collection is wildly uneven, a hodgepodge of ideas that needed a bit germination or different execution The lightning in Kristen Roupenian got a book deal on the strength of Cat Person, the New Yorker short story that buzzed across the Internet in late 2018, stoked by the still red hot embers of the metoo movement Last year, I read and loved the story Cat Person.This year, I read the collection You Know You Want This and loved the story Cat Person And that s the unfortunate truth this collection is wildly uneven, a hodgepodge of ideas that needed a bit germination or different execution The lightning in the bottle of Cat Person remains as shocking as it was when it hit last year It s one of those stories that 9th graders in English class are going to be reading in 2060, dissecting to understand gender relations in the early 21st century A marvel, really, and if Kristen Roupenian never writes anything as good as it again, she s still produced something greater than most creators can ever hope for.The masterstroke of Cat Person is the way Roupenian layers two perspectives over one another while recounting something rather mundane a first date The girl rejects the guy s first choice of date location is she uninterested is she trying to have the date some place where she won t be sighted by friends Or is it largely meaningless and motiveless The story is recounted from the woman s perspective, and its release at the height of metoo definitely gives her perspective an extra sheen of empathy But the back and forth of both characters reacting to what happened in addition to reacting to what they think happened is intoxicating Nobody s right nobody s wrong how can we stand it The two other stories that attempt to match the dizzying brilliance of Cat Person are The Good Guy and Biter Unsurprisingly, they both plunge the dangers of subjectivity as well The Good Guy immediately follows Cat Person but its protagonist is male He claims to be a good guy he respects women but he also loves women And he realizes that the women he loves best tend to be the women who do not love him back The interplay between the sexes is nearly as fascinating here as in Cat Person, but its length detracts from its punchiness Biter s protagonist is a former juvenile playground terror, that one kid in every preschool classroom that bites her playmates, leaving crescent moon teeth marks in her wake She s an adult now, working in Corporate America, and she hasn t bitten in years But a new HR guy arrives, and she really really wants to bite him Biter is a hilarious romp with darker questions underneath what do we all really think of one another as we navigate seemingly staid environments The rest of the stories are largely forgettable while a few manage to be actively bad Scarred, Sardines A few don t quite come together, but they earn points for experimentation The first person plural narration in the opener Bad Boy is a standout effort, same as the fairytale style of The Mirror, the Bucket, and the Old Thigh Bone Unapologetically grim but in a lighthearted, that s just the way it is kind of way, You Know You Want This ultimately offers a glimpse into a talented writer still developing her craft flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Janelle She Reads with Cats rated it it was amazing Shelves short stories plays essays, 2018, from publisher, to be reviewed Thank you so much Gallery Books for my free copy of YOU KNOW YOU WANT THIS Cat Person and Other Stories This collection is illustrious, unsettling, provocative, compulsive, and at times, villainous I loved all twelve stories in very different ways but they all have the same cohesive, sharply written voice.In the opening story, Bad Boy , a couple takes in a friend who has just been through a breakup and begins to use him in ruthless ways In the story Sardines , an off putting 11 year old Thank you so much Gallery Books for my free copy of YOU KNOW YOU WANT THIS Cat Person and Other Stories This collection is illustrious, unsettling, provocative, compulsive, and at times, villainous I loved all twelve stories in very different ways but they all have the same cohesive, sharply written voice.In the opening story, Bad Boy , a couple takes in a friend who has just been through a breakup and begins to use him in ruthless ways In the story Sardines , an off putting 11 year old girl makes an evil wish for her birthday In Cat Person , published earlier in the New Yorker and the driving force for this brilliant collection, a twenty something college student goes on a date with an older guy where emotions are played upon One of my favorites in the collection The Good Guy is its polar opposite but both simultaneously and quite oppositely deal with sex and power and compliment each other perfectly.The collection varies in theme and each story is seared into my mind, whether because it s relatable or the stuff of nightmares Trust me, you will not be bored with this collection I loved it all Roupenian is an impressive writer and I am excited to see what she comes out with next flag 14 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Gaby Lee rated it really liked it review of another edition 4.5 such a great collection of short stories visceral, compelling, often deeply unsettling If Difficult Women by Roxane Gay and Her Bodies and Other Parties had a love child flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Chihoe Ho rated it liked it What a weird yet thought provoking bunch of stories It was my first time reading the viral sensation that was Cat Person through this colection, and while it truly is a piece of engaging reading as part of the current MeToo movement, there are definitely much stronger stories in this book That said, there are also some very awkward pieces that didn t resonate as strongly, and made You Know You Want This an uneven read, even if the discrete short stories were meant for individual consumption flag 5 likesLike see review Feb 06, 2018 Kelsey added it review of another edition Read on submission and was insanely impressed Still thinking about many of these stories flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 12, 2018 Teresa rated it it was amazing WHAT THE FU K DID I JUST READ AND WHY DID I LOVE EACH AND EVERY GORGEOUSLY WRITTEN STORY SOOOO MUCH Now that I have that out of my system I honestly don t know where to startthis collection of short stories has skyrocketed to one of my favorite collection that fastyes I know I sound like a crazy person with all my rambling but I honestly loved each and every story in this collection EACH and EVERY STORYI can t put into words how they made me feel because my feelings are still al WHAT THE FU K DID I JUST READ AND WHY DID I LOVE EACH AND EVERY GORGEOUSLY WRITTEN STORY SOOOO MUCH Now that I have that out of my system I honestly don t know where to startthis collection of short stories has skyrocketed to one of my favorite collection that fastyes I know I sound like a crazy person with all my rambling but I honestly loved each and every story in this collection EACH and EVERY STORYI can t put into words how they made me feel because my feelings are still all over the map Kristen Roupenian is a forced I can t wait to get sucked up and spit out by her again Thanks to Simon Schuster for the ARC flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Jenna rated it really liked it Shelves read in 2019 3.5 4 stars Thanks to gallerybooks for sharing this book with me You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian is a wonderfully strange and oddly relatable short story collection Many of her stories made me cringe but the way she captures true thoughts and feelings that may be hard to admit felt really unique I love Kristin s voice and I read this collection in just a couple of sittings every time I finished a story, I wanted , which is pretty unusual for me Standouts for me were Look a 3.5 4 stars Thanks to gallerybooks for sharing this book with me You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian is a wonderfully strange and oddly relatable short story collection Many of her stories made me cringe but the way she captures true thoughts and feelings that may be hard to admit felt really unique I love Kristin s voice and I read this collection in just a couple of sittings every time I finished a story, I wanted , which is pretty unusual for me Standouts for me were Look at Your Game, Girl, about a girl who thinks she narrowly avoided being kidnapped instead of Polly Klaas after meeting a shady older man at a park, The Good Guy, about how a long time crush leads a nice guy to become kind of a jerk but really he wants to be wanted, The Boy in the Pool about girlhood friendships and crushes on your friends and a bachelorette party stunt, and Biter, about an office worker who just wants to bite people and finally figures out how to get away with it.There were also stories about a couple who forces their friend into a weird sexual relationship with them, a child s birthday wish of revenge, a Peace Corp volunteer who can t handle the out of control girls he s supposed to be teaching, a princess who falls in love with her reflection, and Some of them are pretty explicit sexually, and some have violent elements, just to warn you in case you re sensitive to that If you liked Cat Person and you re down for some weird but true feeling stories, I d definitely recommend picking this one up Her voice is refreshing and real, even though some stories are messed up in a depraved sort of way Overall, I really enjoyed this collection flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Emily Yang rated it liked it Roupenian works best when her narrative arc is restricted to desire stories like bad boy and biter are emblematic of her approach, which turns characters solely into what they want, the narrative arc powered by desire s inevitable race to the bottom There s depravity here than feels truthful or instructive, and while there is a lot of what Joan Murray called grip and shove to these stories, I often found myself wondering why I was being subjected to this festival of humiliations I Roupenian works best when her narrative arc is restricted to desire stories like bad boy and biter are emblematic of her approach, which turns characters solely into what they want, the narrative arc powered by desire s inevitable race to the bottom There s depravity here than feels truthful or instructive, and while there is a lot of what Joan Murray called grip and shove to these stories, I often found myself wondering why I was being subjected to this festival of humiliations I ll probably read her novel when it comes out, in hopes that she manages to inject her themes with greater humanity and loosens the moral shackles a bit flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Brandon Forsyth rated it it was amazing There s maybe one or two weak spots but the rest of what s here burns with such unsettling intensity that you can t help but leave here changed Roupenian s protagonists are defined by desire, and the way it moulds them and changes them and twists them makes you feel like you ve listened to Radiohead s Creep over and over again You may want to shower afterwards CAT PERSON just scratched the surface believe the hype, this is a writer to watch for years to come flag 3 likesLike see review Gordforsythgmail I want to know what you think about this one Jan 22, 2019 05 55AM Brandon Forsyth I was legitimately upset about bumping into a friend on my train back home tonight, cutting into my reading time, so that s probably a good sign So f I was legitimately upset about bumping into a friend on my train back home tonight, cutting into my reading time, so that s probably a good sign So far the stories are 3 3 Jan 22, 2019 07 25PM Jenna oooh, I m excited to read this Jan 28, 2019 08 24PM Jan 15, 2019 Chris Roberts rated it did not like it The especially vulnerable, short story collection, lacking a cohesive narrative,jammed together, each tale s spirit not resurrected, competing words and author s ego, congeal, congregate and conceal, separateness is lost poemChris Roberts, God Suddenly flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves partner read Full review to follow flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Tess rated it it was amazing This book by Kristen Roupenian is far and away the best collection of short stories I have ever read I have never not been able to put down a short story collection, I usually go very slowly because there is nothing to keep my attention Roupenian is in a completely different league though Each story is so different, some mystical and horrific, some completely grounded in reality and focusing on details about love, relationships, and gender that I have never seen any author get as well as she This book by Kristen Roupenian is far and away the best collection of short stories I have ever read I have never not been able to put down a short story collection, I usually go very slowly because there is nothing to keep my attention Roupenian is in a completely different league though Each story is so different, some mystical and horrific, some completely grounded in reality and focusing on details about love, relationships, and gender that I have never seen any author get as well as she does After every story, I was eager to keep going to see what the next one would be about, what crazy journey Roupenian would take me on and how it would affect me I laughed, I was scared, I related the women dealing with the terrible men in her stories I simultaneously want to buy a copy for everyone I know but not let on how much I love the disturbing twists and turns each story contains I cannot wait to read everything by Roupenian after this, and so glad I was able to devour this ahead of publication It feels like a secret that everyone will be talking about come January Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for this ARC flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Jeff rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wow this book instantly grabbed me Will admit I already read the Story CAT PERSON Which is what initially interested me in this book and once I started I could barely put it down As I was that eager to keep going along with the stories and read the next one Read it over and in under 36 hours.which can be rare at least for me when it comes to short story collections Usually i want to prolong good books and writing, but before I knew it I was flowing right through these stories Which isn t e Wow this book instantly grabbed me Will admit I already read the Story CAT PERSON Which is what initially interested me in this book and once I started I could barely put it down As I was that eager to keep going along with the stories and read the next one Read it over and in under 36 hours.which can be rare at least for me when it comes to short story collections Usually i want to prolong good books and writing, but before I knew it I was flowing right through these stories Which isn t easy considering how heavy some of these stories are subject wise You are welcomed into this world and only start to notice too late that you may have gotten in deeper than expected You might want to leave but then you realize you are not in some alternative universe but one all too real and familiar This is one dark imagination at work Though it is also talent that allows her to take you into these tales where you get the characters mindsets so vividly as well as story and plot Though they might be considered monsters as far as characters She takes you into their thoughts to reveal the all too human emotions and desires that they all have The tales don t actually exhibit any heroes or too many happy endings, but they do showcase of a dark side of humanity That is scarily relatable to the reader This is like watching the work of filmmaker Todd solodnz WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, HAPPINESS only with less humor and while not as sadistic there is an innocent maliciousness to the stories and characters That while they are normal they go into some interesting places That feel familiar and tap into thoughts and experiences some might have had or heard about and gives you a point of view of the not so innocent ones Highly recommended flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 27, 2019 Caitlin Kunkel rated it liked it Kristen Roupenian is a very good writer, and I m excited to read her upcoming novel This collection, unfortunately, is all over the place Cat Person and Good Guy are well written and really disturbing in their depiction of reality, but when Roupenian is using actual magic or metaphors, the stories feel a little out of control, and a lot of the shock value comes in one twist and then the story ends I m glad I read this collection and look forward to from her, but it does feel rushed o Kristen Roupenian is a very good writer, and I m excited to read her upcoming novel This collection, unfortunately, is all over the place Cat Person and Good Guy are well written and really disturbing in their depiction of reality, but when Roupenian is using actual magic or metaphors, the stories feel a little out of control, and a lot of the shock value comes in one twist and then the story ends I m glad I read this collection and look forward to from her, but it does feel rushed out after Cat Person s success and doesn t entirely hold together But like I said a very exciting preview of hopefully better things to come flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Kaycie Hall rated it liked it More of a 3.5 some good stories in this collection, some weaker ones but I enjoyed reading it Cat Person was definitely the stand out but I also enjoyed The Matchbox Sign and Look at Your Game, Girl Her style reminds me of a mix between Aimee Bender, Mary Gaitskill and Kelly Link flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Sasha rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, ebook, dark and funny, short stories, top, arc Absolutely hands down best short story collection I have read in YEARS This woman is twisted enough to make the whole Avenged Sevenfold band and their production crew slightly uncomfortable I am deeply in love with her Also if you haven t read Cat Person, what are you doing flag 2 likesLike see review Feb 08, 2018 Susie Wang added it review of another edition Shelves literary fiction, short collection If you ve read Cat Person, you get the idea The writing is really engaging, resonating It just wakes up emotions in you This voice does have power to reach a generation that has forgotten the beauty of reading So I guess that s why Cat Person went viral in the first place.As for the stories, they re actually quite original Granted, I haven t read that many short story collections or short stories themselves for that matter But I think I rarely read short stories because they fail to grab m If you ve read Cat Person, you get the idea The writing is really engaging, resonating It just wakes up emotions in you This voice does have power to reach a generation that has forgotten the beauty of reading So I guess that s why Cat Person went viral in the first place.As for the stories, they re actually quite original Granted, I haven t read that many short story collections or short stories themselves for that matter But I think I rarely read short stories because they fail to grab my attention And the stories here did grab my attention, and held it I can t tell you if this is a masterpiece or literary gem I have no idea what that looks like But this collection was fun to read, and offers something new Each story has a different idea behind it, no repetition at all here So I m a happy reader Really interested in what the author has in store after this She s supposedly working on a full length novel Can t wait to read it flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Buchdoktor rated it really liked it review of another edition Frauen, die sich schelcht behandeln lassenIn der titelgebenden Kurzgeschichte Cat Person , die die am h ufigsten gelesene Geschichte aller Zeiten sein soll, lernt die 20 j hrige Margot einen sehr viel lteren Mann kennen Mit Robert entsteht in rasantem Tempo eine zum gro en Teil ber Textmachrichten gef hrte Beziehung, in der Margot den herrschenden Code nicht verstehen kann oder will Sie spielt nach einem Drehbuch, das sich mir als Nicht Amerikanerin nicht erschlie t, das naive P ppchen, das Frauen, die sich schelcht behandeln lassenIn der titelgebenden Kurzgeschichte Cat Person , die die am h ufigsten gelesene Geschichte aller Zeiten sein soll, lernt die 20 j hrige Margot einen sehr viel lteren Mann kennen Mit Robert entsteht in rasantem Tempo eine zum gro en Teil ber Textmachrichten gef hrte Beziehung, in der Margot den herrschenden Code nicht verstehen kann oder will Sie spielt nach einem Drehbuch, das sich mir als Nicht Amerikanerin nicht erschlie t, das naive P ppchen, das zu nichts eine Meinung hat Damit scheint sie Robert zu umgarnen und findet sich nach kurzer Bekanntschaft mit ihm in seinem Haus beim Sex Den Moment, in dem sie besser Stopp gesagt h tte, hat sie verpasst, alles andere w rde jetzt bl d aussehen findet sie Zu behaupten, Margot h tte schlechten Sex, wie es der Spiegel in seiner Rezension tut, finde ich hier eine unzul ssige Verk rzung Margot l sst sich von einem Mann schlecht behandeln und h lt das offenbar f r ein wirkungsvolles Werbeverhalten Margot hat keinen Schimmer, wer der Mann ist, wo er herkommt, was er arbeitet Er hat behauptet, Katzen zu m gen und deshalb kann er kein schlechter Mensch sein, hat Margot sich ihre kleine Welt zurechtfantasiert Solange es noch Victim Blaming gibt, finde ich die Geschichte so aktuell wie notwendig, zumal sie mit der virtuellen Welt der Scheinidentit ten verbunden ist Auch in Ein netterTyp tritt ein unscheinbarer Typ auf, der irgendwie fies ist, bizarre sexuelle Gewohnheiten hat ber 20 Jahre hinweg hat Ted Beziehungen gehabt, in denen beide Partner taktieren, irref hrende Signale aussenden und keine Verantwortung f r ihr Handeln bernehmen Frauen unterwerfen sich, lassen sich von Ted schlecht behandeln, wom glich in einem irregeleiteten Samariter Syndrom, weil sie glauben, nur sie w rden diesen speziellen, schwierigen Menschen verstehen Hier k nnte man sich fragen, ob Beziehungen bei Roupenian sich deshalb toxisch entwickeln, weil das amerikanische Datingverhalten so stark ritualisiert und in Phrasen eingemauert wird, dass niemand mehr dar ber redet, was die Personen von einer Beziehung erwarten Dramaturgisch geschickt inszeniert, blickt Ted hier auf 20 Jahre Beziehungsversuche zur ck.Mir hat Nachtl ufer gut gefallen, die Erlebnisse eines naiven amerikanischen Studenten, der als Hilfslehrer mit dem Friedenscorps nach Kenia geschickt wird und dort auf eine Klasse 12 j hriger ausgesprochen biestiger fr hreifer M dchen trifft Seine Ahnungslosigkeit ber die fremde Kultur und seine Hilfslosigkeit sind die andere Seite der Medaille, die Frauen in Cat Person und in Ein netter Typ zeigen.Wenn ein Buch mit dem Presseecho virale Sensation , Psychogramm unserer Zeit , das Lebensgef hl einer Generation vermarktet wird, kann es mit diese Vorschusslorbeeren nur entt uschen Kristen Roupenian zeigt den ganz normalen t glichen Horror von Gewalt, Hass und misslungener Kommunikation Ihre Figuren haben bizarre sexuelle Gewohnheiten, die Beziehungen wirken toxisch, fast absto end Verschenken w rde ich das Buch nicht, bevor ich es selbst nicht ganz gelesen h tte.Um die Frage zu diskutieren, wann Frauen in Beziehungen endlich die klare Ansage bringen, was sie wollen, und wann sie nicht mehr gefragt werden, warum sie einen kurzen Rock trugen oder warum sie im Dunkeln unterwegs waren, liefert Roupenian jede Menge Diskussionsstoff flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 27, 2019 tortoise dreams rated it liked it A first book of stories by the author of the viral sensation, Cat Person Book Review You Know You Want This is not a bad collection of stories That s called damning with faint praise, but this book is too good to bash and few people will begrudge the time it takes to read it A quick and easy read, it s written in clean, streamlined writers workshop prose But Kristin Roupenian is willing to get weird, to venture into horror, to be politely transgressive All with a pleasant smile like th A first book of stories by the author of the viral sensation, Cat Person Book Review You Know You Want This is not a bad collection of stories That s called damning with faint praise, but this book is too good to bash and few people will begrudge the time it takes to read it A quick and easy read, it s written in clean, streamlined writers workshop prose But Kristin Roupenian is willing to get weird, to venture into horror, to be politely transgressive All with a pleasant smile like the beginning of a Spielberg film when he s making the viewers think there s no dangers in suburbia She s willing to go out on a limb, but at times she depends too much on shock value, and some sheltered older sensitive readers will find this disturbing A few of the stories are a little thin, some seem incomplete, most operate on a single level But all are appealing, will keep the reader s attention, and all speak to us of our time Perhaps she ll be the new F Scott, as he wrote of the Roaring Twenties The problem with the stories in You Know You Want This, much as the problem with The Casual Vacancy was that it wasn t Harry Potter, is that there is only one Cat Person in the collection Two or three stories are close The Good Guy, Death Wish , but not quite as complete Another, The Mirror, the Bucket, and the Old Thigh Bone, seems unfinished but provides a genuine wtf moment Cat Person, published in The New Yorker, created an uproar because it captured the zeitgeist, reflected us back to ourselves, and seemed all too real An MFA student wouldn t write this but, it sparked discussion In retrospect, Cat Person read like it came from a cringey Reddit post as do some of the others , but Roupenian took the story to a level that spoke to our cultural concerns, divides, and fears Readers want to have their own copy of the story, the publisher wants to get a book out at the right time, and every author wants to be read It won t make us forget Munro or Carver, but I don t think that s what she s trying to do A few stories into the book her pattern becomes clear, and it s a good pattern You Know You Want This shows a lot of potential, Kristin Roupenian has a lot of promise I don t envy her the pressure as we impatiently wait to read and I will what she turns out next 3 flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Paris parisperusing rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019, books i read for fun, deathly funny books, short stories, unputdownable books, books on gender, sexuality, horror Mom and Dad had heard of Charles Manson, but they didn t want to talk about him at the dinner table What would they think if they knew she d been approached by some nasty looking guy, a guy who d shoved his filthy thumb in her mouth and thought the Manson murders were the best thing ever Her mom and dad would be so upset They would be so scared The thought made her feel brave from Look at Your Game, Girl Men fall into dark, hypnotic states of submission with dire consequences litt Mom and Dad had heard of Charles Manson, but they didn t want to talk about him at the dinner table What would they think if they knew she d been approached by some nasty looking guy, a guy who d shoved his filthy thumb in her mouth and thought the Manson murders were the best thing ever Her mom and dad would be so upset They would be so scared The thought made her feel brave from Look at Your Game, Girl Men fall into dark, hypnotic states of submission with dire consequences little girls encounter monsters, some of their own creation, others like serial killers relationships are soured, feelings are hurt, sex becomes a nuisance Kristen Roupenian s YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT has everything you could want from a story collection If Maryse Meijer was ever to have an equal, it would certainly be Kristen, but this would definitely appeal to fans of Carmen Maria Machado s HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES, too Kristen writes with a sense of horror and insanity and empathy that is fully fleshed out to make an out of body reading experience.Superb flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Amy rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, fiction, books by non men Went into this a little nervous that the other stories wouldn t live up to the viral Cat Person, but I m happy to say that this fear was assuaged as soon as I finished the very first story after which I literally said What the fuck out loud and had to put the book down for a day in like, the best possible way There are one or two stories in here that I didn t enjoy as much as the others as is always the case with a collection of short stories but overall, these stories are gross and ho Went into this a little nervous that the other stories wouldn t live up to the viral Cat Person, but I m happy to say that this fear was assuaged as soon as I finished the very first story after which I literally said What the fuck out loud and had to put the book down for a day in like, the best possible way There are one or two stories in here that I didn t enjoy as much as the others as is always the case with a collection of short stories but overall, these stories are gross and horrifying and weird as hell so, naturally, I loved them My personal favorites were The Good Guy and Biter flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Aiyana rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves dark fiction, literary fiction, short works and anthologies Perhaps my only complaint with this book is that the story Cat Person didn t involve nearly as much cat as I had hoped It wasn t my favorite story of the collection, either I didn t find any surprises in it, having or less lived through some variation of the same story myself as I suspect many women have The other stories, though, all had marvelous twists to them The author neatly walks a line between horror and humor, infusing gritty, disturbing tales with a wry levity and a keen e Perhaps my only complaint with this book is that the story Cat Person didn t involve nearly as much cat as I had hoped It wasn t my favorite story of the collection, either I didn t find any surprises in it, having or less lived through some variation of the same story myself as I suspect many women have The other stories, though, all had marvelous twists to them The author neatly walks a line between horror and humor, infusing gritty, disturbing tales with a wry levity and a keen eye for the absurd I found this collection vaguely reminiscent of the work of Miranda July As with July s work, the reader of Roupenian s book will find it difficult to decide whether these pieces are disconcerting for their outlandishness or their relatability flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed I graduated from Barnard College in May of 2003 A few weeks later, I left for Kenya with the Peace Corps, where I spent two years teaching Public Health and HIV education at a small orphans center a few hours from the Ugandan border During that time, I began learning Swahili and first encountered the literary magazine that later became the focus of my dissertation Once I returned home, I worked as a teacher s aide, a cashier at a bookstore, a freelance reporter, a nanny, and a research coordinator at Mass General Hospital before enrolling in the PhD program in English at Harvard in the fall of 2007.My primary field of study is postcolonial and transnational literatures, with an emphasis on contemporary African fiction My dissertation, Dodging the Language Question English, Politics, and the Life of a Kenyan Literary Magazine, investigates the artistic and linguistic strategies employed by the literary magazine Kwani during a period of intense social and political upheaval Since I ve been at Harvard, I ve been lucky enough not only to be able to return to Nairobi to continue my research, but to invite the editor of Kwani to campus to speak before an enthusiastic gathering of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty Last summer, I also received a grant to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where I volunteered at the Salaam Kivu International Film Festival and met a wide range of talented artists from from all over eastern and central Africa One of the most rewarding opportunities I ve had during my time here has been working as a research assistant for Caroline Elkins when she served as an expert witness on behalf of Mau Mau veterans who are suing the British government because of atrocities committed during the colonial period You can read about that fascinating subject here and here.My teaching philosophy, which emphasizes clarity, cultural sensitivity, and ethical engagement, stems directly from my time as an educator with the Peace Corps In addition to my two junior tutorials for English majors How to Write About Africa and The New Global Novel I ve worked as a TF in a variety of departments and programs at Harvard, including English, African and African American Studies, and Gen Ed I am currently a tutor in History and Literature, advising junior and senior theses in the postcolonial field I also teach in the wider Boston community in my role as a Community Awareness and Prevention volunteer with the Boston Area Rape Crisis 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        I graduated from Barnard College in May of 2003 A few weeks later, I left for Kenya with the Peace Corps, where I spent two years teaching Public Health and HIV education at a small orphans center a few hours from the Ugandan border During that time, I began learning Swahili and first encountered the literary magazine that later became the focus of my dissertation Once I returned home, I worke I graduated from Barnard College in May of 2003 A few weeks later, I left for Kenya with the Peace Corps, where I spent two years teaching Public Health and HIV education at a small orphans center a few hours from the Ugandan border During that time, I began learning Swahili and first encountered the literary magazine that later became the focus of my dissertation Once I returned home, I worked as a teacher s aide, a cashier at a bookstore, a freelance reporter, a nanny, and a research coordinator at Mass General Hospital before enrolling in the PhD program in English at Harvard in the fall of 2007.My primary field of study is postcolonial and transnational literatures, with an emphasis on contemporary African fiction My dissertation, Dodging the Language Question English, Politics, and the Life of a Kenyan Literary Magazine, investigates the artistic and linguistic strategies employed by the literary magazine Kwani during a period of intense social and political upheaval Since I ve been at Harvard, I ve been lucky enough not only to be able to return to Nairobi to continue my research, but to invite the editor of Kwani to campus to speak before an enthusiastic gathering of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty Last summer, I also received a grant to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where I volunteered at the Salaam Kivu International Film Festival and met a wide range of talented artists from from all over eastern and central Africa One of the most rewarding opportunities I ve had during my time here has been working as a research assistant for Caroline Elkins when she served as an expert witness on behalf of Mau Mau veterans who are suing the British government because of atrocities committed during the colonial period You can read about that fascinating subject here and here.My teaching philosophy, which emphasizes clarity, cultural sensitivity, and ethical engagement, stems directly from my time as an educator with the Peace Corps In addition to my two junior tutorials for English majors How to Write About Africa and The New Global Novel I ve worked as a TF in a variety of departments and programs at Harvard, including English, African and African American Studies, and Gen Ed I am currently a tutor in History and Literature, advising junior and senior theses in the postcolonial field I also teach in the wider Boston community in my role as a Community Awareness and Prevention volunteer with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center


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    1. I went into this equally curious and suspicious I applaud a writer who gets the internet talking about a short story , but the hype around Roupenian s debut collection has gathered proportions that invite some kind of backlash Looking at the actual material, the book as a whole is a little uneven and in parts feels underdeveloped, but hell, this is an exciting writer who has the potential to go places Roupenian ventures into the darker recesses of the I went into this equally curious and suspici [...]


    2. Wow, what a crazy collection of short stories this was Kristen Roupenian s debut collection, You Know You Want This , is at turns frank, brutal, disturbing, kinky, poignant, emotional, and eye opening Her stories are about relationships of all kinds parental, romantic, sexual, those between friends and lovers, and even those between relative strangers The relationships are rarely equal, in that most often, someone has the upper hand, although it might not always last for long.This collect [...]


    3. If you were alive and online in 2018, you probably read and talked about Kristen Roupenian s short story, Cat Person Well, get ready for her debut collection, because it s here and ready to punch you in the gut or, perhaps aptly, bite your face off.Drawing comparisons to Carmen Maria Machado and Ottessa Moshfegh, this dark, perverse, macabre collection explores relationships with a distinct focus on power dynamics The subjects are mostly women, and they are at times the victims and the If you w [...]


    4. There are three stories in this that are terribly clunky and out of place I cannot bring myself to give it five stars But the remainder of these are fantastically disgusting This collection takes the absurd and wince worthy all the way sometimes for ambiguous, sometimes sociopolitical reasons and I am here for it.


    5. I went into these stories braced not to like them I quite enjoyed Cat Person and the surrounding controversy, but heard these stories were full of unlikeable characters and disturbing situations And they are, but Kristen Roupenian has an uncanny sense of the inner lives of people their messy, uncomfortable, inner lives There is one story in here that feels like it doesn t fit unless you think of the characters as cat people And really, it does fit in the way that the male character is a wh I wen [...]


    6. 3.5 starsI don t blame anyone for wanting to immediately capitalize on the massive success of Cat Person by getting a collection of stories out as soon as possible, but I can still wish they d waited a bit until the collection was solid and cohesive.I do not mind so much that the stories here can vary quite widely in theme, style, and genre But there are two or three particular buckets you can sort them into rather than a mosaic of a wide variety of styles, leaving it feeling like a few 3.5 sta [...]


    7. These stories were a mixed bag and my suspicion is, that the publisher asked Roupenian, after the phenomenal success of Cat Person, if she had any other stories to publish A lot of them feel quite unpolished and young, relying on shock value and overstretching the point Cat Person, with its razor sharp observations and truthfulness, still surpasses the other stories by miles Some stories were intriguing, but most of them lacked the mature style of her famous story.I m very much looking forwar Th [...]


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