[571]: Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg

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Bream Gives Me Hiccups & Other Stories / Jesse Eisenberg


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 worms for another day.

Not all celebrities are poseurs, though. I can name a few who are writers in their right: Steve Martin, Woody Allen, and James Franco even.  Jesse Eisenberg is one that I consider to be a multi-talented actor whom I didn’t know also writes on the side (mostly screenplays). The good news is, he knows a thing or two about writing.

Bream Gives Me Hiccups is a collection of short stories written in the most varied and quirky perspectives. Some of them funny, some of them not-so. The stories are not connected; one has nothing to do with the other,  but he manages to give each story its own life.

The first story is about a nine-year-old food reviewer who is dealing with life as he lives it with his divorced mother and how she copes with being a single parent (lots of alcohol and frivolous dining experience all on her ex’s dime, apparently.). He writes dining reviews; most of which depends not on culinary merits (he’s 9 after all), but on how it correlates with his day to day life.  Hidden behind the humour is a heart-tugging realization that the reader sees how this boy cope with his broken home.

There are 28 short stories in total; stories that are funny, engaging, whip-smart, quirky and bizarre. Eisenberg knows how to manipulate the readers into going along with his antics. He also has the uncanny ability to write interesting dialogues that makes for an easy read. But throughout the narrative, you can’t help but hear Jesse’s voice.

There really is not much to say about this collection other than I hope he’ll consider writing a  full length novel in the future.


GOODREADS SUMMARY | Bond Street Books | September 8th, 2015 | Short Stories | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


  • Jesse E. is also an author? Wow, I didn’t know that.Glad you enjoyed the short stories.

  • Just the title of this collection, made me curious! I’m glad that you enjoyed it. I think I may try it out. I am probably going to totally embarrass myself now but I’m useless with celebs, I have no idea who this guy is. ;] Great review as always Joy! 🙂

  • I’m so happy to hear your experience with this was amazing, Joy! Enough so that you want him to write and publish a full length novel. I love that! It tells me as well as anything how much you enjoyed this. I don’t generally have a great time with short story collections, but this sounds fascinating. I’ll definitely remember it and pick it up if my library has a copy at some point. The one story you described sounds really interesting.

  • I actually enjoy novella for the most part, but just don’t like short stories to be honest. I am glad you enjoyed them though 🙂

  • I had to Google who he was actually, I know the face but can’t remember having watched anything with him in it actually. The reality start celebrities have no place writing a book, most of them probably use a ghost author wouldn’t they? Is that what they’re called? He sounds like he has the talent for storytelling and would be awesome to see him try a full length fiction. Lovely review as always Joy, so glad you enjoyed this one <3

  • I think this could be a good intro to a full length novel in the future. If I see this in the bookstore, I’ll grab a copy 🙂

  • I would say I have a bias against celebrity-“written” books as well. I’m not even sure I would be inclined to pick up a book written by one of my absolute faves. Yet, I find my interest piqued by this book. I do appreciate a quirky and bizarre collection of stories…

  • Ha, I’ve seen this one popping up in my goodreads recs – glad to know he’s pretty talented at the writing thing!

  • Aw 😀 Yay! So glad you mostly liked this one sweetie 🙂 Stunning picture, as always. <3 I'm curious about these. But most likely not for me, sadly 🙂

  • Oh I had no idea he had a book out! I know what you mean about the celebrity bias thing, I usually assume they didn’t write it (although at least with things like autobiographies, they have the ‘with other author who actually wrote the words’ bit :P) but sometimes I’m intrigued by someone enough to give their book a whirl! I think Eisenberg is one of those. Thank you for sharing!

  • Totally agree with the celebrity writing being a money hungry fraud. So its tough for me to pick up a book “written” by a celebrity, but this does sound very interesting. Thank you for the great review 🙂

  • “I have this prejudice against celebrities who writes novels.” I have to admit I am kind of the same. Especially when the books get so much hype and are successful not because they are good books but because the authors are famous. The stories in this book do seem like quick, fun reads though.

  • I think the Jenners know their book suck because they’re not promoting it as much as their beauty prods.

    I will have to look this up. There’s a few celebrity books that I’ve enjoyed, namely Chelsea Handler’s. It’s raunchy but very funny. I didn’t like Tina Fey’s though, I didn’t connect with her humor. I like JE as an actor, his interviews are fun to watch. He’s articulate so I’m not surprised he wrote a decent book. A good book, actually.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I didn’t know until recently that he wrote either, but I think it’s great because I’m a big fan of him. I’m glad you liked these stories – I read an excerpt and I’m really excited to read the final thing! 🙂

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • Sounds like a cute book! I agree that waaaaay too many celebrities think they can “write”!

  • RO

    A book has to be really good to get me to read short stories, and like most people here, I’m not 100% convinced that celebrities are true authors like what we’re used to reading, but I give A+ for putting it out there to the masses. I must admit to being intrigued by a 9 year old food blogger, however. Something about that, just seems very cool! Hugs…

  • It is so crazy how many celebs have written books. I’m not going to lie, half of those celebrities surprise me that they can actually WRITE a book. It’s puzzling! But there is always someone who will by the book because of the name. I’m glad you enjoyed this anthology, though! I never knew Eisenberg had written a book. 🙂 I love the sound og that 9 year old food reviewer though!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I agree Joy, I get a nervous tic when I see celebrities try to further cash in on their names by writing a book. (Or writing a book with the help of someone else which really means the other person wrote it.) I’m glad Jesse knows what he’s doing in the writing department and put together a collection of interesting and quirky short stories!

  • When I saw Jesse Eisenburg’s name on the cover, I was pretty sure that it was going to be an autobiography! I’m surprised that it’s actually short stories. They seem to have a lot of charm. I might check this one out!

  • kindlemom1

    I don’t usually read these either but you have me interested!

  • I don’t usually read short story collections but I have gotten more and more into them. I am like you – not too big on celebrity books especially when there are so many authors out there trying to make it big but a celebrity status gets them a far ahead boost along the publishing line >< But this one seems to be apart from those and an enjoyable read. I am glad for that 🙂

  • Yeah we aren’t usually a fan of celebrity books seeing as most of the time they are ghost written but I can see Jesse having a unique voice. Lovely review Joy

  • Jazmen

    Yeah I see that Kylie and Kendall YA book and I laugh. Because not serious. I like a good collection of funny short stories. I read a book like that and enjoyed it, so maybe I’ll like this one. I’ll look into this. Nice review!

  • Interesting! I have heard quite a few about Jesse Eisenberg, but I didn’t know he was talented in the writing department, too. If you feel like he should be getting a full length novel soon, then that means there are many to look forward to in this book 😀

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • I’m a quiet fan of Jesse Eisenberg, so I have to check this collection out! I agree with you though, I kind of side eye whenever a celeb gets a book deal e.g. that Tyra Banks book LMAO. At least it provided snark for days.

  • I do stay away from celebrity books too. But I am glad to hear some of them can write 😉

  • Wow! Sounds like an interesting collection of reads. Glad you enjoyed it Joy!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • Melliane

    I didn’t even know that the Jenner had written a book. But it’s great to find some nice ones like that from time to time.