Have I ever mentioned my celebrity crush? I enjoy a handsome fellow with a hunky torso as much as the next girl, but I’ve got a thing for nerdy types. I can’t remember the first movie I saw with Jesse Eisenberg… The Social Network? Zombieland? It doesn’t matter. What matters is that I was smitten with the curly locks and snarky dialogue he delivered so well. Siiiiigh. I wish I had a better reason for picking Bream Gives Me Hiccups out of the NetGalley catalog, but the truth is, I saw that Jesse Eisenberg had written a book and I wanted to know the things that go on inside that beautiful head. *I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration. The publisher had no idea that I have a long standing crush on the author. Neither my crush nor the free-ness of the book will influence my review. Probably.*
Bream Gives Me Hiccups is a collection of essays and short stories that are completely fictional. I have a well established love for humorous celebrity memoirs, but this is legit non-memoir humorous fiction. Surprise! Dude can actually write! His restaurant reviews from a 9 year old boy essay just about did me in. And the spoiled/insane college coed? It soooooo took me back. Not that I knew anyone THAT nuts, but you know how it is freshman year in the dorms. It’s an eye opening experience, to say the least.
I don’t want to get all comparison happy, but you know when David Sedaris writes about things that are NOT personal anecdotes? Think Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary. It’s sort of like that, only with fewer animals in rehab. If you dig the Sedaris dark humor vibe, you should give this a shot. Maybe it’s not even dark humor. More like gray humor? I don’t have the answers to these questions, I am not as brilliant as Jesse Eisenberg. Don’t be fooled by the actor/hearthrob (to me, anyway) byline, y’all. This book is worthy.
I’m not exactly surprised that Jesse Eisenberg turned out a good book, because I always assumed he was very intelligent and witty, but it’s always nice to have one’s suspicions confirmed. Check out Bream Gives Me Hiccups and let me know your thoughts!
Talk to me Bookworms! Who are YOUR celebrity crushes? I absolutely will not judge whomever you choose. I mean, I might laugh a little, but I won’t judge. For real.
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