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rank 992
word count 54695
date submitted 18.08.2011
date updated 26.02.2013
genres: Fiction, Romance, Comedy
classification: moderate
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The Romantic

Zan Klein

The formation of a romantic in a society that no longer seems to need or appreciate romance.
Oh, and it’s also a comedy.

 

Written by an author sick of reading about love through the PG-rated narration of a fifteen year old girl, The Romantic is the first of two novels exploring the formative concepts of love through the uncensored narration of a fifteen year old boy.


Alexander Letvinchuk, a nomad currently residing in Thunder Bay Ontario, is enthralled with movies and distraught with his surroundings. Every girl wears ten pounds of make up and has the personality of a clone, every couple sports a tired stare with a marriage’s worth of bitterness. When a chance encounter at a party catches him by surprise, it kick starts a year that will come to define the rest of his life.


Unashamedly poetic, and unapologetically realistic to the thoughts and dialogue of the modern male teenager, The Romantic seeks to inspire all of those dissatisfied with the satisfactory, who dream of a time when they felt the strongest pain, the greatest love, and the most alive.


“The funniest **** I’ve ever read” - Girl from a coffeeshop.

 
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alcohol, canada, churchill, comedy, drugs, friends, kiss, love, movies, music, romantic, sex, snow, south african, teenage, thunder bay

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Violet Ivy wrote 604 days ago

It is so goooooood to get a teenage boy's story. Loved Puberty Blues, (shame they are making a series out of it), but it is always from the girl's POV.
Loved the writing and character descriptions.
Well done - how did you know how to portray them so realistically?
Violet Ivy

zissou wrote 968 days ago

Mr. Klein takes us down a literary path rarely travelled, the tale of a boy with a passion for love that unexplainably exists in so few men. Alex’s zeal for love can be felt throughout the books chapters and provides hope for men who strive for more than the normality of generic love. Zan mixes perfectly the emotional rollercoaster of many young men with a realistic portrayal of life for the North American teen. This novel is a must read for any male or female who wants to learn about the glory that love can provide and the beauty and heartbreak that come with.

tarasimone wrote 559 days ago

Quite different from any other romance I've ever read. I enjoyed the uniqueness of it. It was interesting to get insight into the world of a teenaged male... Not something I've given a lot of thought to before, though I get the feeling Alex is not typical teenage male material. He is so sincere and earnest. Although I did read the whole MS, I found that by the later stages my attention was wandering a little. I'm not so sure it was so much the writing as myself, not usually a romance reader among other things. Absolutely loved the last line.

Violet Ivy wrote 604 days ago

It is so goooooood to get a teenage boy's story. Loved Puberty Blues, (shame they are making a series out of it), but it is always from the girl's POV.
Loved the writing and character descriptions.
Well done - how did you know how to portray them so realistically?
Violet Ivy

Tod Schneider wrote 650 days ago

Smooth writing, and it fills a niche it seems as been neglected. I like the concept of the real issues surrounding teen boys sex and love. Porn is everywhere, and it paints an extraordinarily twisted picture of what sex is all about, so its refreshing to see a different vision. Your main character is quite sympathetic and your story telling flows nicely, with a good balance of description and dialog. Best of luck with this!
Tod
http://authonomy.com/books/40646/the-lost-wink/

Amacneill wrote 723 days ago

Zannnn!! Finally read your stuff and have to say I enjoyed it tons!!! Don't know if you remember me, we met as you were fundraising on the street a month or so back, and you told me to read your book!! Well I was so surprised that your story was about encounters with Canada, which I did two years ago myself!! I've forwarded your story to my friends from my week, and I wish you all the best!! Cheers!

Betty Jarvis wrote 779 days ago

I really enjoyed your fresh take in this novel. I found it succint and a smooth read. Good luck with your goals for this piece of work!

jlsimpson wrote 791 days ago

Very modern with a slight hint of Salinger.
I like your style.

Belle90 wrote 796 days ago

So two chapters in Zan, and I'm impressed. As a primary teacher I see a lot of what 12 year olds alone are getting up to, and this confirms my theories about what goes on in most cases of the 15 year old boys these students I teach will turn into. It was a pleasure meeting you, and I stuck to my word and found you quite a few grammatical errors. Not sure how you want me to point them out. Send me an email if you like and I can jot them all down under chapter and paragraph, only some simple mistakes and I obviously pick up on them from the English teacher background.

Overall a gorgeous read, really made me laugh and usually by the end of the 1st chapter if I'm not curious to see what happens next I won't read on, so you have me interested so far! Onto chapter three now, I'm loving how real this is - you have really captured this whole 'from the perspective of a 15 year old boy' scenario and when it comes to books about love it is hard to conjure up in the reader what the character is feeling - but you have done well with how Alex perceives Noelle so far, I can really feel it. Go for gold, this is really good

L_MC wrote 903 days ago

I'm four Autho chapters in and totally immersed in what Alex will get up to next. I thought he was going to be one very happy teenage boy when I got to the end of Ch 3 but he's not quite there yet by end of Ch 4.

I like teenage angst stories and no matter what the age of the reader they can often conjure up some good memories. I really like that way this one approaches it from the POV of a fifteen year old boy and that you don't hold back on exactly what he experiences, like preparing for the party when he is certain Noelle will be there. I think there will be plenty of male readers who will be wondering just how lucky the 15 year old Alex is to get an 18 year old girlfriend.

Lj Trafford wrote 931 days ago

Oh dear confirms all my suspicions about teenage boys (I have a 9 month year old son was hoping he'd be different). But strangely gripping all the same. I did like the sign of true friendship being sitting with your mate whilst he pukes his drunken guts up (yep done that). The dialogue is great and feels authentic.
However I don't think you need Alex's musings back to his childhood, it disrupts the action and adds nothing at all to the plot as I see it.
An enjoyable, cringeworthy read.

ClaireLyman wrote 943 days ago

Being the sweet and innocent type, I don't think I'm the target market for this book - which is fine, because I think you have a target market that is plenty big enough. A few thoughts, though - your opening paragraph is maybe a bit too cluttered with detail. You can obviously see this bedroom really clearly, but you don't need to tell us all the detail. (Personally, I'd keep the Power Ranger bedsheets - they anchor us in a place and it made me smile) The other details are nice but it's a bit too much... Does that make sense?
I liked your description of Cara - it made me smile. "The girl he dated changed every four months" - that feels a little clumsy to me. "He switched girlfriends every four months" might be better?
Anyway, feel free to ditch anything that's not helpful. I know lots of people love this - they've been raving about it in the forums - so I hope it does well for you.

ClaireLyman wrote 943 days ago

Being the sweet and innocent type, I don't think I'm the target market for this book - which is fine, because I think you have a target market that is plenty big enough. A few thoughts, though - your opening paragraph is maybe a bit too cluttered with detail. You can obviously see this bedroom really clearly, but you don't need to tell us all the detail. (Personally, I'd keep the Power Ranger bedsheets - they anchor us in a place and it made me smile) The other details are nice but it's a bit too much... Does that make sense?
I liked your description of Cara - it made me smile. "The girl he dated changed every four months" - that feels a little clumsy to me. "He switched girlfriends every four months" might be better?
Anyway, feel free to ditch anything that's not helpful. I know lots of people love this - they've been raving about it in the forums - so I hope it does well for you.

Chaiscuro wrote 944 days ago

An interesting Romantic Novel that I found profoundly intriguing; I wish to say that I don't normally read this genre of book but it had me glued because of the astute pattern to the story.

Phillip.D.Curwood

Footballkid123 wrote 955 days ago

Zan, You're brother allowed to read this hear. Seeing as I am turning 15 very soon, I found myself literally glued to my screen reading. Sadly it's 4 AM and I am dead tired but it was worth it. Just the story, is quite amazing and I feel addicted to this due to the fact it is real. Not sugar-coded but, real. Especially with me going into the whole "dating" scene. You kind of summed up what love is to you. You captured that what is so hard to write with your Noelle's and Emma's. So, I had to say this book 60% of the time, will glue you to the screen, every time! You Stay Classy ZAN!!!


Footballkid123 wrote 955 days ago

Zan, You're brother allowed to read this hear. Seeing as I am turning 15 very soon, I found myself literally glued to my screen reading. Sadly it's 4 AM and I am dead tired but it was worth it. Just the story, is quite amazing and I feel addicted to this due to the fact it is real. Not sugar-coded but, real. Especially with me going into the whole "dating" scene. You kind of summed up what love is to you. You captured that what is so hard to write with your Noelle's and Emma's. So, I had to say this book 60% of the time, will glue you to the screen, every time! You Stay Classy ZAN!!!

Footballkid123 wrote 955 days ago

Zan, You're brother allowed to read this hear. Seeing as I am turning 15 very soon, I found myself literally glued to my screen reading. Sadly it's 4 AM and I am dead tired but it was worth it. Just the story, is quite amazing and I feel addicted to this due to the fact it is real. Not sugar-coded but, real. Especially with me going into the whole "dating" scene. You kind of summed up what love is to you. You captured that what is so hard to write with your Noelle's and Emma's. So, I had to say this book 60% of the time, will glue you to the screen, every time! You Stay Classy ZAN!!!

rwl wrote 958 days ago

i laughed out load so much, thanks for a wonderful ride so can't wait for part 2 !!!!!!!!!!!

kiwigirl2011 wrote 959 days ago

This is fantastic! Reminds a little of David Nicholls and his novel Starter for Ten. The dialogue sparkles wittily, and they are like, sooooo typical teenagers. (my attempt to sound ‘down’ and ‘cool’)

Couple of things:
We see eachother at most twice a week (need a space between each other)
Shit coloured eyes –classic
Various members the evening came to visit us – doesn’t make sense?

All up, I’m afraid I have to agree with the Coffee house girl, funniest **** I’ve read in a long time
Can’t wait to read more as time permits
Tammy

davidmpaton wrote 960 days ago

Ah yes, being 15. Crude, brutal immaturity mixed with a heavy dose of romantic optimism. I quite enjoyed re-visiting it. Bring on part 2.

ChristinaN55 wrote 964 days ago

Well, if you're aiming to hit the spot, in this case, keeping the reader fixed on reading your story, then throwing in a big red vibrator right at the begining of your story will probably do the trick.
The 'buzz' keeps going well into the next chapters.
I read the first few chapters and enjoyed what I read.
You're fairly new on here, bit once people start noticing your story Im pretty sure it will do well.
Good luck

Christina
Take a Sick Break

zissou wrote 968 days ago

Mr. Klein takes us down a literary path rarely travelled, the tale of a boy with a passion for love that unexplainably exists in so few men. Alex’s zeal for love can be felt throughout the books chapters and provides hope for men who strive for more than the normality of generic love. Zan mixes perfectly the emotional rollercoaster of many young men with a realistic portrayal of life for the North American teen. This novel is a must read for any male or female who wants to learn about the glory that love can provide and the beauty and heartbreak that come with.

Krude wrote 969 days ago

I highly recommend anyone who can read to read books, and as this falls under the category of "books" then by default they should read this one.

JudeLynn wrote 969 days ago
JudeLynn wrote 969 days ago
JudeLynn wrote 969 days ago

Real and comical!

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