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Bream Gives Me Hiccups

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,499 Ratings  ·  494 Reviews
Un garçon de neuf ans qui écrit des critiques gastronomiques, une étudiante obsédée par le génocide bosniaque qui s’immisce dans la vie amoureuse de son jeune frère, un adepte de la théorie des genres qui tente de séduire une femme dans un bar… : autant d’asociaux notoires que nous livre Jesse Eisenberg dans des situations farfelues, parfois cocaces, avec toujours beaucoup ...more
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Grove Press
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I’m not a big fan of short story collections and I’m REALLY not a fan of actors who think they are good at everything . . .

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So how did I end up with Bream Gives Me Hiccups? Well, the answer is simple . . .

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After finishing I can confirm collections still don’t really work for me and I struggle with what rating to give, so please take these 3 Stars with a grain of salt. The good news is I found the good stuff to be beyond good.
Elyse Walters
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Jesse Eisenberg had my attention in the film "The Squid and the Whale"....(a favorite off-beat wonderful movie)
He was also brilliant as Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network".

Jesse Eisenberg's, first book of short stories, "Bream Gives Me Hiccups" are contemporary - modern -fresh- wonderful -hilarious -heartbreaking -brave-charming-emotionally rich-witty- and the perception about absurdity of the modern world we live in:
He touches on the subjects of:
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I imagine Jesse Eisenberg does not suffer fools lightly as he certainly doesn't dumb down his writing for mass consumption. Very intelligently written with large doses of humour and heart, Eisenberg covers a lot of ground such as family, mental and social issues in these short pieces, never a dull moment and always leaving you wanting more. I was particularly impressed with Eisenberg's ability to capture the voice of a 9 year old dealing with divorce, rejection and confusion in his beautifully w ...more
This was so disappointingly stupid.

I have seen exactly one Jesse Eisenberg movie (Zombieland, of course) and I thought it was funny. I know nothing else about the guy. I confuse him all the time with Andy Samberg and the short-shorts runner guy from Juno. (Michael Cera - I had to look it up.) Actually, I can't even say "all the time" because I don't really ever think about any of those guys, but you get the point. Maybe.

Anyway, I saw this book on sale for $1.95 on Audible, so I bought it. I th
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It's often hard for me to rate short story collections because the stories are not always even, but I can easily rate Bream Gives Me Hiccups an enthusiastic and high 4 stars. None of these are short stories in the conventional sense. Rather, Eisenberg plays with narrative forms, through restaurant reviews, letters, dialogues, one way conversations, text messages, etc. -- some of them quite lengthy and others really only snippets. While this approach to story telling is playful and often clever, ...more
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the published and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The one drawback is that the illustrations by Jean Jullien promised in the table of contents were not included in the PDF I received.

When I saw this anthology listed on Edelweiss, I was intrigued by the strange title. Even though I’ve only seen one of his movies (Now You See Me), it was the book’s description that made me request this one. As always, one hopes that a book actually lives up to the bi
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Grove Atlantic for an advance ereader copy of this book.

I am a BIG fan of Jesse Eisenberg and his offbeat movies (think "The Social Network" and "Zombieland"), so I was intrigued by the idea of him penning a book of short stories. Might it be random, odd, erudite and quirky? Oh, yeah!

I am not sure I would call this collection "short stories" per se. It's an assortment of dialogues in different formats – email exchanges, texts, conversations, letters, inner monologues and
Oct 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
you know that twitter account about that guy in your MFA program or whatever? this book is literally exactly that.
May 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
After I started reading I decided to look at a few of my friend's reviews because

I think I was trying to take it too 'seriously'(?)
Or something. Does it get better? What the hell is going on here?

Once I get the 9 year old wondering about BJ's.
Yeah. First page.

I did read each of his reviews of various eateries. The ratings were based on how many stars out of 2,000....

And texts between 'Me' and 'My sister'.
Which was kind of cute.

A really odd schedule for 'Separation Anxiety Sleep away Camp'

Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
This collection of short stories came very close to getting 5 stars from me. A good 75% of the stories are hysterical in a dry, acerbic, black humor type of way. I've seen Eisenberg in films, of course, but the few times I've seen him on talk shows is where he impressed me with his intelligence and sense of humor. I had a feeling I might like his book and I was very curious to see his ideas and writing style. I wasn't really all that surprised that it is this good. His stories seem effortless in ...more
Larry H
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

Full disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

I tend to be dubious when I come across a book written by an actor. It's not that every actor is a bad writer; in fact, I've read some well-written books authored by actors, such as Ethan Hawke, Meg Tilly, and Lauren Graham. But of course, for every actor deserving of a book deal, there are many whose books are published only on the strength of their name and not any
Rashika (is tired)
Bream Gives me Hiccups is like most story collections in that there will always be some stories that won’t work for you and some that will. But one of my major issues with this book is that I cannot pinpoint what connects these stories together. Sure they have many things in common but I cannot find something that sticks out to me and makes me go “OMG, WOW, I LOVE THIS.” I think that if the web that connected the stories were more obvious to me, I would have enjoyed the collection a whole lot mo ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not a superfan of Jesse Eisenberg, but I was interested to see how he wrote after trying out James Franco, who I was not thrilled with as a writer. I think Jesse is a better writer, but half of these "short stories" are really more like scripts, only sometimes presented as text messages. Really, aren't text message conversations the same as scripts? It makes sense he thinks this way but I would have liked more sto
La Mala ✌
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc



EDIT: YES! NetGalley approved my request! I'll be starting this tonight :D


“This isn’t a James Franco situation where he’s trying to pass off his snapchats as performance art. Eisenberg is truly a talented writer. . . Hilarious and poignant.”—Entertainment Weekly

Ja! Eso me convenció totalmente para decidir leer este libro XD (Spoiler
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this book. I think Jesse is just an amazing actor and I could listen to his voice forever. He seems so charming and thoughtful. This book is one of the funniest, most thought provoking book I have well, listened to in a long time. Yes I audiobooked it and I totally suggest it because of his voice. Mesmerizing.
Joy (joyous reads)
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have this prejudice against celebrities who writes novels. Especially pop stars and reality tv stars. There have been a few books that I simply laugh at whenever I see them in the bookstore (see: Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s YA book). I have this urge to shake the publishers who were intent on destroying the industry by signing these “so-called writers”. Who the heck do you think you’re kidding? Your blatant money-grabbing stint is what’s going to ruin us all. Ugh. But that’s another can of worm ...more
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Rating: 4.5/5 STARS

My collaborative review with H can be seen at http://knightingalereviews.blogspot.c...

Ryan Holdbrook
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
complete page turner. the stories about the sister texting to fix her younger brothers relationship (taking bosnian genocide courses in Uni) made me shoot coffee out of my nose. well crafted characters, and for a book of short stories, I found the whole thing very well put together. would have given it 5 stars , but I'm rooting for him to be ambitious enough to want to write another collection VERY SOON .
Cat  (cat-thecatlady)
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
if this wasn't 90% hipster crap, it could have been a really good book
full review here:
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This book is a quick read, but probably a little too much to take in all at once. I'm sure it is not everyone's cup of tea, but it was right up my alley. While the stories in this collection seem like lighter fare, they are actually somewhat dark. Some even verge on tragically hilarious. Eisenberg proves himself a poignant, witty satirist who rarely misses the mark. We get a sense of his insecurities and neuroses, which are charming if not a tiny bit harrowing.

I received a free copy of this book
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
It’s ok.but it’s not very interesting for me to continue.Losing my patience for it,I also listened the audiobook. If I have had the physical book,I definitely would finish it.
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bream Gives Me Hiccups
Rating: 4.5/5
This is a dual review between B and H.

"Everyone’s a geek in some way or other. Everyone’s an outsider.”
~Jesse Eisenberg

This book was an ingenious combination of satire, hilarity, and life lessons. From the viewpoint of an innocent nine-year-old to that of a mad man obsessed with killing his ex-fiancé, this widely amusing and attention-grabbing book has everything any person with a sense of humor could ask for. Jesse Eisenberg successfully makes any circ
Stefani Sloma
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know about you, but anytime I see that an actor or musician or whatever has written a book, I’m pretty skeptical. I’ve read a lot of books by “famous” people that really should’ve stayed on that person’s computer. But I loved Jesse Eisenberg in Zombieland, Adventureland, and Now You See Me, and I researched him a bit and saw that he’s actually a playwright as well as an actor. So he had me intrigued, as did the summary of Bream Gives Me Hiccups. I thought, “Why not? I’m probably not goin ...more
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
There is nothing finer than to pick up a book and read, just for the sheer pleasure of escape. While I love being a student and a teacher, it's nice to just be a reader once in a while. This euphoric feeling was pushing me to rate this book with five stars, but I have gained some perspective since I turned the last page, and I will do my best to remain objective:
Read this book if only for the first series of "restaurant reviews from a privileged nine-yea
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
I've admired Jesse Eisenberg's acting for a long time, and with this collection I'm beginning to understand why. He has an uncanny ear for the way people sound and think and move, whether they're outraged college freshmen or divorced mothers of one. It's not mimicry, exactly. It's kinder, and yet more piercing, than that.

It's rare to find humor writing that addresses the usual vulnerabilities (love, selfishness, neuroses) in an unusual way. Sometimes it feels like there are only so many jokes.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: goodreads, reviewed
This collection of short stories started out well, but then got spottier as it progressed. I liked part one, consisting of restaurant reviews by a 9 year old boy. He was amazingly perceptive about relationships. I also liked all of the stories in the next two sections of the book - Family and History. There is a particularly funny email exchange between a couple, which is hijacked by the boy's sister discussing the Bosnian conflict.

Then the book hit a low point for me, with a section about one
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prisoner 1: I'm sick of it here. I have dreams, man. I wanna travel up the coast, fall in love with a Babylonian woman, and then stone her to death when she menstruates.

This is the kind of thing you're in for in Bream Gives Me Hiccups. It's stories and reviews and emails and phone conversations about how weird and lonely people are. It is like one inch away from being too precious in its winking at itself but it works somehow. There's a sort of lonely hollow feeling in each of these characters t
Alyssa Lentz
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So different from what I usually read, but really made me laugh out loud and also was genuinely touching in places. Quick, fast read, but worth it in my opinion!
Sep 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Just NOT good.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, a person is funny and really smart and enjoyable - but not enough of those three to pull off an entire collection of short stories. This collection has its pleasantly quirky - indeed, funny! - parts, but there are some pretty big flaws, in my eye. One is that often the joke gets pushed too far. Saturday Night Live does this, as does much sketch comedy, I think. A funny idea is funny only so long; eventually, after I've been hit over the head with the "You Laugh Now!" stick, I get bore ...more
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Jesse Adam Eisenberg is an American actor, playwright, author, and humorist. He has played featured or starring roles in films such as The Squid and the Whale (2005), Adventureland (2009), Zombieland (2009), and The Social Network (2010).

Eisenberg was born in New York City and was raised in East Brunswick Township, New Jersey. After graduating from high school, he studied anthropology at The New S
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