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Excellent father characterization But I never want to get one of his thank you notes. [[ READ EPUB ]] ↬ The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green ☜ Jacob Green doesn t mean to disappoint his father, but he can t help thinking the most unthinkable and very funny thoughts about public school humiliation, Hebrew school disinclination, and in home sex education with the live in nanny If only his mother hadn t started college at thirty six and fallen for her psychology professor If only he were like his rebellious older brother suspended from Hebrew school for drawing the rabbi in a threesome with a lobster and a pig If only Jacob could confront his overbearing father and tell him he doesn t want to sing in synagogue, attend est classes, write the perfect thank you note, or even live in the same house with Abram Green But, of course, he can t That would be unthinkable Friendly Fire (Jonathan Grave but he can t help thinking the most unthinkable and very funny thoughts about public school humiliation A Necessary Evil (Sam Wyndham Hebrew school disinclination To Hold (The Dumont Diaries, and in home sex education with the live in nanny If only his mother hadn t started college at thirty six and fallen for her psychology professor If only he were like his rebellious older brother suspended from Hebrew school for drawing the rabbi in a threesome with a lobster and a pig If only Jacob could confront his overbearing father and tell him he doesn t want to sing in synagogue The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe attend est classes Murphys Ambush write the perfect thank you note Ecotarian Diet or even live in the same house with Abram Green But Dust Devil of course Synowie Kaina, córy Lilith... Rzecz o wampirach w fantasy he can t That would be unthinkable When this book begins it is so fall out of your chair funny that you think it will simply be a well written fun bit of fiction One of the best strategies the writer employs is to drop in the heartbreak of the book in such a nonchalant, straightforward manner that you never see it coming The book then takes you on a ride that while screamingly funny at times, is also achingly sad I highly recommend this book I read that some people compare Braff to JD Salanger who would mind that but I tho When this book begins it is so fall out of your chair funny that you think it will simply be a well written fun bit of fiction One of the best strategies the writer employs is to drop in the heartbreak of the book in such a nonchalant, straightforward manner that you never see it coming The book then takes you on a ride that while screamingly funny at times, is also achingly sad I highly recommend this book I read that some people compare Braff to JD Salanger who would mind that but I thought this book was most comparable to my absolute favorite book of all time, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius You can get no higher praise from me The only reason that I didn t give it five stars is that I felt he employed the writing device of the bar mitzvah thank you notes as a way to convey Jacob s unthinkable thoughts for too many pages However, that is the only slightly critical thing I can say about this book It is practically perfect Especially if you are Jewish, you must read this book If it was possible to give something half stars, I would give this 4.5 It was super well written, funny at times Braff is really good at showing not telling The characters were awesome and believable The minus half a star is for the ending, which I didn t really like It wasn t a bad ending at all, it was just a bit unsatisfying. I found this book to be a SLOG to get through Tedious.The humor which primarily consisted of potty humor and jokes about the narrator s growing sexual awareness did not balance the horror of the narrator s living situation dealing with an overbearing emotionally abusive passive aggressive father.There is also no resolution of this situation The final chapter doesn t give us any hope for Jacob eventually getting out from under his father s thumb. Full disclosure I know the author our kids go to the same school So, I was prepared to like the Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green in a it was OK sort of a way because I like the author However, I am very happy to report that I really and truly enjoyed this book on its own merits This novel is a gem It s a clever, often funny, and sometimes quite agonizing novel about a young Jewish boy coming of age in New Jersey Our hero Jacob struggles with Judaism, worships his cool older broth Full disclosure I know the author our kids go to the same school So, I was prepared to like the Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green in a it was OK sort of a way because I like the author However, I am very happy to report that I really and truly enjoyed this book on its own merits This novel is a gem It s a clever, often funny, and sometimes quite agonizing novel about a young Jewish boy coming of age in New Jersey Our hero Jacob struggles with Judaism, worships his cool older brother and, perhaps most importantly, grapples with what it means to be his limelight hogging father s son.I especially loved the ending which I won t reveal here What a beautiful and haunting image.Also, some of the other reviewers here on Goodreads seemed to imply that this book was so heavy on Judaism that it would not be interesting to someone who is not Jewish Well, they re wrong I definitely don t think you have to be Jewish to truly enjoy this book and you might even learn something about that religion Teenage angst is universal I can t wait to get my hands on Josh s new novel, Peep Show, which is coming out next month I went to an advance book reading of it and it is fantastic Get your hands on Unthinkable you won t be disappointed What a surprise this little gem of a book turned out to be I didn t know what type of book I was even reading when I started Based on the cover and the title, I was imagining a silly teenage book on par with I Love You, Beth Cooper and Youth in Revolt What I got was a touching story of a young man struggling to find his identity while trying to protect himself from his father s frightening rages The book is funny but it s also terribly upsetting at times I ve read a lot of books on abuse an What a surprise this little gem of a book turned out to be I didn t know what type of book I was even reading when I started Based on the cover and the title, I was imagining a silly teenage book on par with I Love You, Beth Cooper and Youth in Revolt What I got was a touching story of a young man struggling to find his identity while trying to protect himself from his father s frightening rages The book is funny but it s also terribly upsetting at times I ve read a lot of books on abuse and this one tops the list for the accuracy of it s portrayal of Jacob s father Joshua Braff avoids painting him as a monster with no redeeming qualities He is shown as a man who loves his family, loves his wife, and loves God He is also shown to be jealous of Jacob s gift, manipulative, controlling, unpredictable and violent And if Jacob is going to make it out of the family in one piece, he is going to have to take a stand I highly recommend this book The book seems like it would be a comedy based in back cover text And maybe it is, but the father is so overbearing, so horrible and mentally abusive that I couldn t find anything all that funny I will say, though, that the writing of the abusive father was so realistic that I found myself having visceral reactions to it I saw my own asshole of a father reflected in horrible accuracy The ending is intriguing It s a good novel, but I do have to say that I m not sure I saw in it what John Gr The book seems like it would be a comedy based in back cover text And maybe it is, but the father is so overbearing, so horrible and mentally abusive that I couldn t find anything all that funny I will say, though, that the writing of the abusive father was so realistic that I found myself having visceral reactions to it I saw my own asshole of a father reflected in horrible accuracy The ending is intriguing It s a good novel, but I do have to say that I m not sure I saw in it what John Green saw in it when he called it one if his all time favorite books Good novel, but don t be fooled not at all a comedy 3.5 stars.I read this a really long time ago in freshman year of high school It s a really strange, quirky, coming of age tale about a shy Jewish boy who is trying to not only figure out his own identity but also understand and find himself and a connection with his religion I remember a scene how he is so pressured and nervous, and wants to live up to the expectations of his father who says he s brilliant at speaking in Yiddish I think that s what it was and to lead the speeches for their 3.5 stars.I read this a really long time ago in freshman year of high school It s a really strange, quirky, coming of age tale about a shy Jewish boy who is trying to not only figure out his own identity but also understand and find himself and a connection with his religion I remember a scene how he is so pressured and nervous, and wants to live up to the expectations of his father who says he s brilliant at speaking in Yiddish I think that s what it was and to lead the speeches for their church or group, or some sort of gather I can t quite remember but has feelings of insecurity, doubt, and disconnect It s compounded by the fact that he s going through the beginnings of puberty and is discovering a lotresponsibilities than he had before including the first pulls of desire.There was also a very strange and awkward scene with his sitter, or neighbor, or something Yeah Technically, this is a YA novel, but I ve got a hunch that it s a bigger hit with adult readers This is a classic coming of age story that chronicles Jacob Green s trials navigating his aggressive, controlling father, his parents disintegrating marriage, and problems at school He finds comfort maybe a little something else from his sexy babysitter who likes to give back scratches, all the while going back and forth between admiration and confusion at his brother s rebellion against their Technically, this is a YA novel, but I ve got a hunch that it s a bigger hit with adult readers This is a classic coming of age story that chronicles Jacob Green s trials navigating his aggressive, controlling father, his parents disintegrating marriage, and problems at school He finds comfort maybe a little something else from his sexy babysitter who likes to give back scratches, all the while going back and forth between admiration and confusion at his brother s rebellion against their sorta Orthodox Jewish upbringing 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 Check it out you might like it