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"A stirring novel, this extraordinary work plays upon the reader's willingness to suspend disbelief and turns it on its ear...Covering ground similar to the works of Sherman Alexie and Chuck Palahniuk, this is an author worth keeping an eye on." -Publishers Weekly

" of the most amazing fiction concepts I've ever read." -Rayo Casablanca, author of 6 Sick Hipsters and Very Mercenary

"In I Didn't Mean to Be Kevin, Caleb J. Ross writes fearlessly, never shying away from the wild, insane places where his fertile imagination leads him. The first half a twisted take on small-town aimlessness, the second half the American road novel from hell, the book is ultimately a darkly comedic evaluation of a generation of motherless men." -Joey Goebel, author of Torture the Artist and Commonwealth

From the Author

I Didn't Mean to be Kevin is a novel about validation. The protagonist is a twenty-something boy looking to validate himself. He's never had a secure family, so he basically lies his way into the minds of strangers.

I started this book immediately after finishing my first novel Stranger Will, and I Didn't Mean to be Kevin definitely reflects my head-space at the time. Stranger Will is a novel about a man who doesn't want to be a father; I Didn't Mean to be Kevin is about a boy wanting nothing more than to have a parent. This process is consistent with most of my writing; I go deep into an idea and follow that up with something far removed. It's how I stay sane.

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  • File Size: 1502 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Viscera Irrational; 2 edition (January 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088QLPFM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Caleb J. Ross' fiction and nonfiction has appeared widely, both online and in print. He is co-host of the Important Question? Podcast (


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clark on May 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
The book far exceeded my expectations. I only say that because Caleb Ross is a relatively new author with only a few titles to his name. I had the assumption that this book would be average at best. Let me tell you how wrong I was to assume that. This book was excellent. I found myself fully engrossed in the story. Caleb Ross packs a lot into these 200 pages.

Overall, I was completely impressed with this book. Caleb Ross has a lot of talent for writing. I can't wait to read more of his work. 5 stars for "I Didn't Mean To Be Kevin."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josie E. Davis on February 21, 2012
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Caleb J. Ross explores the nihilistic underbelly culture of the American Midwest in his latest novel I Didn't Mean to be Kevin. It is a reverse coming-of-age story in which Jackson Jacoby and the friends he makes each attempt to uncover a childhood they never had. It is unclear if the book is a tribute to the underclass of America or rather an account of an adrenaline addict. I Didn't Mean To Be Kevin is literature that falls in line with the dirty, drug and sex-ridden films of Gus Van Sant and Harmony Korine who romanticize the grime and desolation of America's working-class.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DoadMichaels on May 8, 2012
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Stylized, ironic, and genius, this is a story that would satisfy Quentin Tarantino. Caleb requires that we suspend disbelief over the overt insanity in his characters, and I was happy to comply. I was swept up into the strange and provocative for six straight hours and loved every minute!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 16, 2012
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Chapter One: I know Caleb Ross. This guy, Caleb Ross, would tell stories. Mostly about people. He knew that the story was more important than anything. It didn't matter if it was real. You just have to believe it. Keep believing it until it has to be real. In this book, Caleb Ross tells us a story of a man (though more "boy" than he'd care to admit) looking for a mother. And in a culture where a disconnected family is more common than we'd like to believe, he finds himself surrounded by unlikely companions on a bizarre pilgrimage.

Caleb Ross would have you believe that the story is the most important part. I disagree. But only because I put heavy stock in a story's ability to keep me turning the page without over-burdening my brain. That sounds lazy, but with rampant ADHD {ooh... shiny} and other distractions, it's tough to really enjoy a book unless EVERY sentence has perfect prose. Not something a lot of people may notice, but it was not lost on me. I came for the story, but stayed for the writing, and I wasn't disappointed. Well done, Mr. Ross, and I look forward to the next story.
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