Vote for Larry by Janet Tashjian

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Those were the magic words and Beth knew it. How many times had I uttered that phrase to Ms. Robinson in guidance, the standard answer for what I wanted to do with my life? CHANGE THE WORLD. Did I still have the strength and determination to get it together and try to make a difference?
Was it my destiny, my vocation?
Or was I just trying to impress a girl?
As I looked at Beth, I wondered if the reason why even mattered.

The indefatigable Larry is back, and this time he takes on the American political system

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.

 

About Janet Tashjian

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Janet Tashjian is the author of acclaimed books for young adults, including The Gospel According to Larry, Vote for Larry, Fault Line, and Multiple Choice. Disney adapted Tru Confessions into a television movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. Tashjian studied at the University of Rhode Island and Emerson College. She lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her family.
 
Published September 2, 2008 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 239 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Tashjian's clever, inspiring sequel, Josh Swensen (known to his public as Larry)—now living in Boulder, Colo., as Mark Paulson—comes clean about faking his death in The Gospel According to Larry (he refers to it as a "pseudocide"), and announces his run for the presidency.

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Soon, Josh is kidnapped and brought right back to the life he left, but there are noticeable differences: former crush Beth has a new boyfriend, stepfather Peter has become laid back to the extreme, and Josh can no longer hear his mother's spiritual messages at the cosmetic counter at Bloomingdal...

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