Larry and the Meaning of Life by Janet Tashjian

September 21, 2008 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

I have loved Josh Swenson since The Gospel According to Larry, this latest entry (making for a trilogy) deals with what happens to Josh when he loses his drive. After all, what’s the next act when you’ve already been an anti-consumerist guru/overnight Internet sensation (with your own festival – Larrystock) and run for President – all before age 18?

So Josh is back – sitting on the couch – deferring his first semester at college. Until he meets Gus at Walden Pond. Gus is a spiritual guru and Peter decides to follow him to find some meaning – but is Gus really who he says he is? Find out what happens when Josh goes searching for the meaning of life.

This is the first time I’ve actually read the book – as the first two I listened to and they’re both done really well – the narrator is top notch. However, reading it, I can see where people would be annoyed with all the little footnotes – they’re integrated seamlessly into the audio version – and this story was slightly disappointing to me as it didn’t have the same hopeful, inspiring air that the first two books had. (Both of which really inspired me to action). But I suppose that’s the point – since Josh was searching. And the ending twist was really, really good. And the ending leaves the door open for Josh to make his return – and I hope he does because he’s really fun to hang out with.


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