“Bream Gives Me Hiccups” by Jesse Eisenberg

★★★★☆

New release Tuesday! Thanks to the author and the publisher for a copy of this book to review.

Bream Gives Me HiccupsBream Gives Me Hiccups is a collection of stories written by actor and playwright Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, The Social Network). Filled with stories both long and short, Eisenberg’s book will make you think, cringe, and laugh. In one lengthy story, footnote-laden notes from psycho college freshman Harper Jablonski to her high school guidance counselor detail the challenges of roommates stealing ramen, teachers and whether they sexually assaulted you, and other college maladies.

One story is very specifically named “An Email Exchange with My First Girlfriend, Which at a Certain Point Is Taken Over by My Older Sister, a College Student Studying the Bosnian Genocide,” which sounds like it will be haughty and pretentious (“Ugh, you don’t know about the Bosnian Genocide? How uneducated of you!”), but Eisenberg knows how to make it entertaining and approachable. Other gems include “Restaurant Reviews from a Privileged Nine-Year-Old,” “My Prescription Information Pamphlets as Written by My Father,” and “A Marriage Counselor Tries to Heckle at a Knicks Game.”

Full of funny, often dark humor, Bream Gives Me Hiccups will leave you laughing, then wondering if you should have laughed at that, then saying “Screw it, that’s funny. I don’t care how f**ked up it is.”

Purchase the book here. (Releases Sept 8, 2015)

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