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The Gospel According to Larry

by Janet Tashjian

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    JFDR: The Larry book mentions Adbusters, and Larry's sermons are are anti-consumerist. I recommend a connection between these works, which are fiction and non-fiction.
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I read this book back in high school but have always thought highly of it; I wanted my husband to read it, and then I re-read it. I still really enjoyed it, and requested the follow-up books to read since I didn’t read them the first time. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Dec 26, 2016 |
The website www.thegospelaccordingtolarry.com has set the world afire. "Larry" posts sermons commenting on anti-consumerism, commercialism, simple living, and making the world a better place. Now folks are beating the bushes trying to discover the real "Larry." Josh is the brains behind "Larry." He's a 17-year-old who wants to make a difference in the world and is awed by the reaction "Larry" is getting. But after a "Larryfest" concert and his subsequent outing by a reporter, Josh decides to drop out of sight with a psuedocide and take a step back from his ambitious desire to change the world.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
The message of this book was good. It was a little preachy and parts of it were pretty far fetched. It was published in 2001 so at this point it is really dated. ( )
  TheMadHatters | Mar 22, 2014 |
Not bad, not bad. Interesting concept, certainly believable...Beth was a bit cliche'd and it could have done without that, but an the pure brain candy scale, not bad at all. ( )
  ScoutJ | Apr 27, 2013 |
I remember reading this book when I was much younger--it was, in fact, one of the first YA books I ever read. I was, however, too young to really understand much of what had happened, and although I had a vague recollection of how the book went, over the years, I found that my recollection was significantly off. The concept behind this book is a fascinatingly unique one, but the characterization is pulled off so wonderfully that Josh's situation ends up feeling entirely realistic. It's written in a way that the reader can relate to this utterly unrelatable, unintentionally personable character. While reading this, I realized what a great choice Tashjian had made when she'd chosen the point of view, whether she'd given any thought to it or not. It would have been a different story entirely if told by one of Larry's fans or something. I'm wondering what on earth the sequels could contain, since there are two of those if I'm not mistaken. Everything was tied up so neatly, so I'm hoping the sequels aren't too destructive to the original. I would have liked to have seen more than some vague hints about Beth and others close to Larry at the conclusion, and I hope the sequels elaborate on them. One final thing I noticed that definitely flew past my younger self's attention is the elaborate biblical parallel evident throughout the story--see if you can catch it, it's amazing how well it's interwoven in the story. Great read, I can't wait to hear more from snarky young Larry.

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"This is the discipline which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true." St. John 21:24
For Josh...(and Larry) wherever you are.

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"I haven't enjoyed a rant this much since Thoreau," Beth said.
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Josh Swensen is not your average 17-year-old. At the age of two, he was figuring out algebraic equations with colored magnetic numbers. He is a prodigy who only wants to make the world a better place. Josh’s wish comes true when his virtual alter ego, Larry, becomes a huge media sensation. Larry has his own Web site where he posts sermons on anti-consumerism and has a large following of adults and teens. Meanwhile, Larry’s identity is a mystery to everyone. While it seems as if the whole world is trying to figure out Larry’s true identity, Josh feels trapped inside his own creation. What will happen to the world, and to Larry, if he is exposed?

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Seventeen-year-old Josh, a loner-philosopher who wants to make a difference in the world, tries to maintain his secret identity as the author of a web site that is receiving national attention.

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