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Sons of the 613 by Michael Rubens

Sons of the 613

by Michael Rubens

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Not believable, but readable and funny. Brothers are left alone while parents are on vacation in Europe. Younger brother is about to make his Bat Mitzvah and is shockingly ill prepared, but his parents do not know this. Older brother is wild man, completely unlike the rest of the studious, rule-following, proper family and has just left college. Older brother decides that while parents are away he will make younger brother "into a man" by taking him to bars, strip clubs, riding motorcycles, jumping off cliffs into raging rivers, etc. Little brother learns WAY too much about his brother, and happens to fall in love hard for a girl who is in love with his brother. Lessons are learned, ending is sad. Written by a fellow who apparently writes for the Daily Show--some good commentary on American life woven throughout. ( )
  judiparadis | Jul 13, 2013 |
Isaac's parents are going to Italy for two weeks, leaving him in the care of his psychotic older brother Josh. Josh is tasked with getting Isaac ready for his Bar Mitzvah, but Josh's methods to make Isaac into a man turn out to be a little unorthodox. Vicious dogs, black eyes, and more than a few secrets, and Isaac may never become a man.

Funny, sometimes crude, and surprisingly touching. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 30, 2013 |
Isaac's bar mitzvah tutor hasn't been showing up, but he never told his parents. Now, 3 weeks before the big event, his parents leave for 2 weeks in Italy leaving Isaac with his older brother Josh. Josh says he will prepare Isaac for his bar mitzvah, and make a real man of him in the process. Suddenly Isaac, with his perfect attendance record, is missing school, riding morotcycles, visiting strip clubs and meeting all kinds of people. ( )
  lilibrarian | Feb 13, 2013 |
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Isaac's parents have abandoned him for a trip to Italy in the final days before his bar mitzvah. And even worse, his hotheaded older brother, Josh, has been left in charge. An undefeated wrestler, MMA fighter, and bar brawler, Josh claims to be a "Son of the 613"—a man obedient to the six hundred and thirteen commandments in the Tanakh—and he has the tattoo to prove it. When Josh declares that there is more to becoming a man than memorization, the mad "quest" begins for Isaac. From jumping off cliffs and riding motorcycles, to standing-up to school bullies and surviving the potentially fatal Final Challenge, Josh puts Isaac through a punishing gauntlet that only an older brother could dream up. But when Isaac begins to fall for Josh's girlfriend, Leslie, the challenges escalate from bad to worse in this uproarious coming-of-age comedy.

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Isaac is struggling to prepare for his Bar Mitzvah when his older brother Josh, a self-proclaimed "Super Jew" and undefeated wrestler, forces him into a quest to become a man by shooting a gun, riding a motorcycle, falling in love, and more.

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