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Reinventing Alvin Paperback – September 21, 2009
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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.Read more ›
Funny? Yes. Well paced? Yes. Great characters? Yes. Worth buying? Definitely.