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The Gospel According to Larry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2010

    Good Book.

    I'm a junior at Holt High School and I just completed the book "The Gospel According To Larry". In my opinion, it is a really good and interesting book. It is about a guy named Josh Swensen who is an undercover blogger named Larry. Josh is still in high school and is the smartest guy around. He is the type of person who would rather be alone in peace than with a crowd of people. In my opinion that is because his mom wasn't around anymore. But when the reporter Betagold reveals his identity to everyone, he becomes a hit. The only thing is, he didn't want anyone to know. Especially his best friend Beth. He secretly loves her. He was thinking about telling her multiple times throughout the book that he was Larry, but never got around to it. So when the sermons that he made about Beth related to her, she just thought someone felt the same way as her. Not knowing that Josh was the blogger, she felt the need to express how she felt through a club in school. Soon to come was a Larryfest because so many people liked the sermons he made. Josh Swensen was famous after having his identity revealed.
    I liked the book because it would always have me guessing what would happen next. Also because it kept me interested. Not a lot of books keep my attention like this one. I really liked the plot of this book because it was in a rural area and there were some woods where it took place. I like nature. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it didn't have any action in it. I would give this book a rating of 4 out of 5.
    If you like books that keep you guessing, then I would recommend you read this book. If you like books that have a good plot, I would recommend this book to you. If you don't like books that don't have an absolutely amazing ending, I would recommend you not to read this book. If you don't like books that aren't action packed, then this book isn't for you. The author of this book is Janet Tashjian and I would recommend you read any book by her.

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

    The Gospel According to Larry

    In my opinion, this was a great book. It's written in a teenager's point of view so it is easy to relate to. The main character, Josh Swensen, creates his own website "The Gospel According to Larry", him being the alter-ego Larry. On the site he shares his values and opinions about different world issues and thousands of teens and even adults check the site everyday. It soon becomes international, and yet nobody knows Larry's identity, that is until his cover is blown and Josh Swensen, a boy from a small town, must take great risks and hard decisions in order to stay out of the publics eye. Overall I loved this book and its many twists and turns. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a great quick read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2006


    Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian is a very good book about a very anti-materialistic boy named Josh Swenson who speaks out to the world over the internet under the alias of ¿Larry¿. He posts sermons on his website for others to read and to comment on. He also speaks his mind and lets everyone know how he feels about materialistic and other such things like communists etc. I think it was a very good thing he was doing, he was letting people hear his thoughts and put there input on it. He was trying to make people realize how your life doesn¿t really need to rely on objects to live. He does tend to run into a problem in this book, someone named betagold is out to get him and will go to any extent to reveal who he really is. She goes from looking for him in a simple place like Larry Fest all the way too tracking his internet service provider, which makes him have to constantly switch. I recommend reading this book, it is definitely a must read for all high school teens. I honestly think it has to be the best book I have read in a long time, well worth the little bit of time it takes to read it. I would give this book a 4/5 nothing less, maybe even a 5. The book definitely made me think, and taught me that we don¿t need to live a materialistic life, to live a good one. I would also recommend this book to anyone the age of 14+ I think almost anyone above the age of 14 would find this to be very interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2006

    Very Well Put Together

    The Gospel According to Larry is a well written novel about a boy, Josh. Josh is your average highschooler except for one thing. No one knows that he is behind the largest online movement in the history of the internet. But little does he know there is someone trying to find his true identity. This book is pretty good. It¿s based on a true story. I recommend it for anyone wanting a good book that is not a slow and boring read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2004

    Sew REpoRts RevIew

    A book that family and children can read togeater and be inspired.Vocabulary is not that tense

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004


    The Gospel According to Larry is about a boy who wanted to change the world in some way. He made a website and said his name was Larry. Everyone everywhere was obsessed with Larry and his gospels he posted on his website but he told no one that he was Larry. I thought the book was a good one. The setting and plot were also nice. The ending however was horrible. I didnt like how things ended at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    Worth Reading

    This is an interesting story about a teenager who tries to change the world. He does it through an anonymous website. Although he succeeds in changing the world, he loses the life he loves when his identity is discovered. The book keeps you reading the whole way! It finishes with a twist. I would recommend this book.

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