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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448696887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448696888
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,698,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dante Kleinberg is a freelance writer specializing in pop culture, and has contributed articles and reviews to a variety of outlets. Reinventing Alvin is his first novel. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his partner, Heather, along with several boxes of comic books and a custom-built arcade cabinet.

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Dante Kleinberg is a freelance writer specializing in pop culture, and has contributed articles and reviews to a variety of outlets. Reinventing Alvin is his first novel. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his partner, Heather, along with several boxes of comic books and a custom-built arcade cabinet.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn McNamee on December 22, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars

This novel is laugh-out-loud funny. Readers will learn some very interesting facts, such as why it's important to choose panties based on their aerodynamics. Alvin gets in some hilarious situations.

The best quality of the humor involved is that none of it is forced. There is some slapstick style comedy here and there, but it's still very believable. Try to imagine an instance where you would go on a date and be forced to try to wash your feet in your date's bathroom because you discovered they stink. Yep, it could happen.

With a short time period covered, the novel is pretty fast moving. Each scene is wonderfully funny while still forwarding the plot. Mr. Kleinberg delivers each `punch-line' right on time without dragging out the jokes.

Underlying all of the humor is a serious message, even a moral. Poor, misguided Alvin tries every way he can think of, and some that are thought of on his behalf, to try to find a girlfriend. He goes from normal methods, like barhopping, to lying, and even internet dating. All of this is jam-packed into a fairly short novel.

Character Development: 5 Stars

Alvin is a wonderfully developed character. He grows a little with each event. He does not have some life-changing epiphany that fixes everything. Instead, he slowly catches on to his own shortcomings. There were instances while reading where I thought, "Gee, this guy is a shallow jerk." However, the humor got me past that. Alvin also gets past being that person in an almost coming-of-age kind of way. Alvin is kind of a hard guy to like at any point in the story, but I did feel sorry for him most of the time.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

The sentence flow is great, with good, tight structuring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Pack on December 25, 2009
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I'm going to keep it short and sweet, because if you are at all interested in the story of a modern man trying to make it in a modern world, you should stop reading this review and order this book. I bought the book about a month ago and once I started reading it I could not put it down until I finished it. I even went back a second time. More often than not I found myself identifying with the protagonist in some way, even in minor details or his diction.
Funny? Yes. Well paced? Yes. Great characters? Yes. Worth buying? Definitely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara G. McLaughlin on October 20, 2009
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Move over Inferno Man...there's a new Dante in town, and he's written an epic novel of hilarious proportions. REINVENTING ALVIN is a refreshing and deceivingly deep exploration of single male angst. One's inner-geek can't help but relate to Alvin Thomas as he lies, connives, and fumbles his way through a series of absurdly awkward situations in his quest to impress a former girlfriend. Debut author Dante Kleinberg's characters are well-drawn and original; his humor and delivery are spot-on. If REINVENTING ALVIN is made into a movie, several of the lines will become instant classics. They make me laugh just to think of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Blake on October 18, 2009
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I loved this book. How often does a book make you laugh out loud? This is an honest and very funny look at the struggles young men, who aren't great with the ladies, have in the world of relationships and dating. The characters are real and likeable and the situations the hero, Alvin, finds himself in, while at times outrageously funny, are totally believable. It reminded me of the early works of Woody Allen.
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