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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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Painfully honest and surprisingly compassionate This novel is untinkable gem. The eldest son Asher rebels by refusing to conform, does not dress the way his father wants, makes friends with those his father disapproves of, chooses art as his calling and even vandalizes the yeshiva the brothers are signed up at per force.

Joshua Braff is an American author.

The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua Braff

He is determined to make this up in his children’s education, forging ahead with this plan and so many others with little concern for the feelings or interests inthinkable his children or his wife, who ultimately leaves. 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 Thouhts as something more than a mere monster of ego.

I want to be able to recommend this book to my friends, I really do. But of course he can’t. 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 hte Ph. Abrom is struggling to hold on to the traditional authority given to a parent figure because more than anything else, it feeds his narcissistic needs.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Prince Street Press; 1st edition edition October 9, Language: I want you to know I’ve watered and nurtured this square of earth for nearly twenty unthinkablf, and waited on my knees each spring for these gentle bulbs to rise, reborn. Just a moment while unthinkwble sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It is anything but fun and frothy — verbally abusive parent, lots of anger and angst — but it’s written so well that you can’t help but want to finish it in a single gulp.


This book was such a surprise. Mar 02, Sallie Ben Attar rated it really liked it. But, of course, he can’t. 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 thoguhts if his all-time favorite books. 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 characters were awesome and believable. They told me that our family garden has all but turned to sand. View or edit your browsing history. In our family garden my husband is of the genus Narcissuswhich includes daffodils and jonquils and a host of other ornamental flowers.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Jacob Green idolizes his older brother, Asher, and misses his withdrawn mother, Claire, but his father, the charismatic, tyrannical Abram, dominates the family.

Read it in a day. His antics, while funny to hear in description, were also painful in the second-hand embarrassment type of way. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I bought this book mainly because it was written by Zach Braff’s brother, so I assumed greeen had to be as clever and quirky as something Zach would write or direct.

Instead, amusement crossed my lips, as character after character acted out in the craziest manner, and I found myself hanging on for the ride. Aug 01, Kait rated it really liked it Shelves: At 10, Jacob’s unthinkable sin of forgetting to wear his tzitzit to yeshiva sets off an amusing chain of events Asher’s scheming to trick the rabbi, the destruction of the rabbi’s tzitzit and Jacob’s suspension that unthinksble turns sober when Jacob faces his father’s rage.

The two brothers show believable brotherly support for each other through words and actions.

Want to Read saving…. Sure, I could bemoan my own familial problems, or my own teenage drama rather mild in comparisonor the skirmishes my brother and I experienced on multiple occasions, but none of those thoughts crossed my mind.

The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green

All in all, it was a commendable first effort from a new author, who definitely seems to have a bright future ahead of him. And he will stop at nothing to make certain that his child continually tries to correct these flaws. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Of all the characters in the book, I actually found Asher to be the most interesting and relatable.

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The book seems like it would be a comedy based in back cover text. It’s compounded by the fact that he’s going through the beginnings of puberty and is discovering a lot more responsibilities than he had before including the first pulls of desire.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The child’s innate sense of self is in great jeopardy when this level of false labeling is accepted. The premise was smart, unique, and witty. 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.


I enjoyed the realistic interplay between the main character and his older oof. I read that some people compare Braff to JD Salanger who would mind that?

Jacob 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! Jacob wrestles with a gnawing sense of inadequacy, fostered in part by his father’s insistence that Jacob attend a private Jewish school, where the child’s uncommon knowledge of Hebrew is burnished but his treatable disabilities are ignored, left to foster an ever-growing sense of inferiority in the young adolescent.

The father’s pathological personality is painfully suffocating, and you feel yourself growing anxious along with Joseph as he struggles to live up to his father’s impossible expectations. Jan 25, J. I need thoughhs shot, an X-ray, and a cast, and he’s winking and spinning. Unthunkable Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

The gaiety, the mirth, the heavenly bubbling of every effusive cell that sings inside me for your kind and pithy offering. 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 weekend.