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Larry and the Meaning of Life

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Third installment of series with wild plot twists and turns.

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Larry and the Meaning of Life can be confusing for those who haven't read the previous books, but there are helpful footnotes Josh provides throughout the novel. Author Janet Tashjian keeps the story moving at a healthy pace and throws in enough plot twists that readers may come out feeling like pretzels. In Josh, Tashjian has a fascinating character with depth, who's smart, engaging, and endearing to her audience.

Readers will find themselves both caught up in the story as it rushes, twists, and turns toward its finish and protective of Josh as he displays distinctive vunerablility. This is a great book for teens who tend to look at the world with more awareness than their peers and it's also for those who are questioning their future and their place in the world.

Book Details

  • Author: Janet Tashjian
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: September 16, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 14
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Last updated: June 29, 2022

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