"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
"Brilliant...one 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.