It’s Jacob Green, a Jewish kid from suburban New Jersey, sits on the stairs during his family’s housewarming party, waiting for his father, Abram–charming. Despite being cited as being a slow read by some, my reading of Joshua Braff’s hilarious The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green was over in one short. Booklist Online Book Review: The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob , Joshua (author).Sept. p. Algonquin, hardcover, $

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At 13, Jacob lives in a state of anxiety—his learning disability and his father’s resulting disappointment erode his confidence; Asher withdraws into adolescence; his mother flees the house to pursue a Ph.

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Jacob would love to rebel he’s got “a father so far up my ass you can see him performing in my pupils”but mostly he mentally rewrites his bar mitzvah thank-yous as rants and fantasizes about his live-in babysitter, Megan. If Asher as an older brother appears nihilistic and destructive, he also offers an unthiknable and subtle message about survival and grren integrity to his younger brother.

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The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green

May 13, Marlana rated it liked it. Mar 10, Badly Drawn Girl rated it really thoughtss it. Asher comes across as a sort of unwilling and ultimately ineffectual hero jacog this story. In the end the narcissist must compensate for this core vulnerability he carries and as a result an overestimation of his own importance arises.

He contributed a short work entitled “Exit 15W” to the collection of shorts about New Jersey entitled “Living on the Edge of the World” after his hometown Joshua Braff is an American author. The quirks, paradoxes and contradictions of suburban Jewish culture thrive under Braff’s grden descriptive passages. In our family garden my husband is of the genus Narcissuswhich includes daffodils and jonquils and a host of other ornamental flowers.

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Housewarming parties, Annie Hall parties, and bar mitzvah parties punctuate Jacob’s childhood and require command performances by all the Green family members. I skimmed the last unthinkwble as I wanted to see if it got better but it’s not for me.

Cross-posted at Robert’s Reads If only he were more like his rebellious older brother suspended from Hebrew school for drawing the rabbi in a threesome with ynthinkable lobster and a pig. This is a book full of the grefn and pain of a teenage boy complicated further by the demands of a selfish and emotionally abusive father, resultant discordant family life, and Jacob’s learning disability.

Braff’s gift is his ability to make you wince while laughing. Aug 05, Armand rated it it was ok. But of course he can’t.

Dec 29, Robert rated it liked it Shelves: Such is the narcissist who must mask his fears of inadequacy by ensuring that he is perceived to be a unique and brilliant stone.

He has a learning disability at a time when most “uninformed teachers think he’s stupid. Books by Joshua Braff. Do adolescent boys think about sex a lot? Joshua Braff is an American author. Dec 27, Alex rated it really liked it.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Sep 03, Claire rated it did not like it. May 31, Jillian Somers rated it it was amazing. However, for the most part, it works. A witty, sensitive boy observes the darkly humorous goings-on in his Orthodox Jewish family in s New Jersey.

It is the braided interplay between sorrow and joy, hopelessness and belief, pain and promise that gives “The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green” such poignancy.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I’ve got to subtract a star for the ending, however, which felt very unsatisfactory and quite anti climactic. Technically, this is a YA novel, but I’ve got a hunch that it’s a bigger hit with adult readers. Where are you two? Readers will adore Jacob, but Braff’s greater accomplishment is describing the boy’s complex relationship with his father so well that we are forced to see the cruel, self-obsessed Abram as something more than a mere monster of ego.

Jacob’s present-tense, first-person narration keeps the pace quick, and the exquisite plotting ensures that Jacob’s growing emotional turmoil is paralleled by metaphorically resonant real-life events.

He wants to be liked by his father; he wants to please him as his religion and father teach him. I practically peed my pants laughing a few times only to have my heart torn out on the next page with the agonies of this fifteen-year old boy’s existence. You can’t give me that? And he will stop at nothing to make certain that his child continually tries to correct these flaws.

I read that some people compare Braff to JD Salanger who would mind that? In my opinion, it really wasn’t.

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