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Vote For Larry

By Janet Tashjian

Vote For Larry
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  • Hardcover: May 2004,
    240 pages.
    Paperback: Jan 2005,
    240 pages.

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After falling off the wagon and becoming what he so clearly and strongly resisted--a consumer--Josh Swensen (aka Larry) finds himself in a hyper-paranoid state of no return. That is, until he's kidnapped and coaxed into resurfacing as his old persona. Before long, Larry is back on the scene with much more on his mind than a gospel Web site--this time Larry wants to affect change in government. What starts out as a campaign to get the younger population to vote turns into a run for the presidency. Can Larry really take on George Bush?

In this very smart, very witty novel, Janet Tashjian brings the political world to the forefront and explores it from many different points of view.

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Vote for Larry

Beth told me later that what we had done didn't change anything, that we had important work to do, that she was serious about Simon . . . blah, blah, blah.

But everything changed.

I don't want you to think I reverted to some dopey guy following Beth around like a puppy. I was cool, gave her a boost up out of the hole after the rain stopped, waved goodbye with a smile.

You know when you finally do something you've been obsessed with for years, and somehow afterward it feels anticlimactic, not worthy of all the hype?

This wasn't one of those times.

The term "slow-motion" doesn't begin to describe the care I took in playing back my afternoon with Beth. Her kissing my chest, my muddy hands pulling her toward me, the sky opening up and pouring down on us afterward.

It was messy.

It was beautiful.

It ruined my vision quest.

I went home and ate a three-egg omelet with half a jar of salsa, then took the longest, hottest ...

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It's not as good a book as 'The Gospel According to Larry' and because Tashjian chose to place the characters in the middle of the 2004 USA Presidential Election, elements of the book already appear not so much dated as slightly out of kilter - because the political front runners of the book aren't the front-runners of the election at this time. However...Tashjian (through the voice of Josh/Larry and his friends) raises many issues about the US political system, which teenagers may find themselves thinking about for the first time, and the comprehensive list of resources in the back of the book will give them the tools they need to learn more.  

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Pages Magazine

Whether young readers tap into their inner activist through Larry or not, they're in for a great story.

Bookpage

Vote for Larry is a crash course in the rough and tumble world of national politics, and teen readers will get a taste of just what it takes in idealism and courage to achieve such goals.

Horn Book

Once again, Tashjian manages to take a fairly unbelievable premise and make it seem more than fairly believable. The fast-paced story and Josh's witty narration will keep readers hooked.

Teen People

Hilarious.

School Library Journal - Angela J Reynolds

Gr 9 Up. The story itself is good, but is marred by sequel syndrome, unnecessary frills, and jumpy writing. Larry's fans will eat it up, but it needs Gospel to carry its weight.

Booklist - Ilene Cooper

Gr. 7-10. Fans of the first book won't be disappointed in Josh/Larry's further escapades.

Kirkus Reviews

Tashjian's lively, comic prose, coupled with her characters' anger at politics as usual in this country, may just inspire young readers to become young voters. This can stand on its own, but those new to Larry's world will want to read the previous installment as well.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Readers will get a charge out of Josh/Larry's fiery speeches and outrageous platform, and startling facts plus a resource list in the back (with voter registration Web sites) provide plenty of fuel for those motivated by the hero's call to action. Ages 14-up.

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Emz

Great
I have read a lot of books and I got to say it is in my top ten favorites. This book made me want to make a change in how I look at things. It is very inspirational. I love this book, and I think you would to.

Eliot

A 16-year-old's View of Vote For Larry.

This is one of those rare books (i.e. Harry Potter, Holes) that are originally aimed at young adults that doesn't talk down to them. It's great to see Larry back in action, and fans who did not know whether The ...   Read More

Leia

Age: 14 When I first started reading this book I wasn't really intrested but once I got in the middle of this book it reached in and took my heart out. This is my favorite book now, and I recomend it for teens of all ages! This is such a beautiful ...   Read More

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