I feel like I give out a lot of “3” star ratings. Apparently I love just about everything I read, which is kind of totally awesome. I’m not going to cI feel like I give out a lot of “3” star ratings. Apparently I love just about everything I read, which is kind of totally awesome. I’m not going to complain. Side note: I don’t always love the books I read for the adult book club I attend though. I definitely have a soft spot for teen fiction. Anyway, The Gospel According to Larry was one of those books that I passed by literally hundreds of times in the collection, but never gave a chance. To continue my new affair with audiobooks, I thought I decided to check it out, especially because it’s read by Jesse Eisenberg and it is only 3(!) discs long.
Larry wants to change the world. On his extremely popular blog, he rants and raves against consumerism, celebrity worship, and the way his best friend is a total phony for falling in love with the school jock. Larry is Josh Swensen, a seventeen year old boy genius who is suddenly feeling trapped by his controversial alter-ego and is determined to keep his anonymity at any cost. But when a follower of his blog promises to uncover the truth about who Larry really is, Josh’s world is turned upside down and his attempts to contribute to the world come at the cost of those he loves.
In some way or another, I think everyone can relate to Josh (aka Larry). We’re all looking for some way to put our stamp on the world. While most of us don’t do it with quite the flair and controversy that Josh does, it’s the same sentiment, to make a lasting, hopefully positive, impression on those around us. The audiobook of The Gospel According to Larry is spectacular. Eisenberg does an amazing job bringing to life the socially awkward, extremely intelligent Josh, and author Janet Tashjian’s snippets of relaying the story bring the entire plot together. I would highly recommend the audiobook, or regular book, of The Gospel According to Larry, to all fans of teen fiction. ...more
The audiobook was amazing. I really enjoyed the reader, and promptly put the other two titles in the series on hold. Flavia de Luce may be one of my nThe audiobook was amazing. I really enjoyed the reader, and promptly put the other two titles in the series on hold. Flavia de Luce may be one of my new favorite teen heroines....more
I know I’ve mentioned before, but I’m a huge fan of dystopias. I like the concept of imagining a maybe world. Dystopias, of course, are not happy imagI know I’ve mentioned before, but I’m a huge fan of dystopias. I like the concept of imagining a maybe world. Dystopias, of course, are not happy images of a maybe world…they’re more doomsday images…but those kinds of stories make you think about what we’re doing physically and emotionally to the world and ourselves. So imagine a world in which all decision has been taken away. Where the Society tells you exactly what to eat, what to wear, and who to marry. Cassia was so excited the day of her match, to find out who she would be paired with, build a future with, and when it turns out to be her best friend, she can’t help but be elated. But when she views his data card another face appears, another face she knows. Should she love Xander, her match, just because the Society tells her to, or should she trust the feelings that are beginning to grow for Ky, the mysterious boy with a past so haunting that it will change how she views the world forever?
Matched by Ally Condie is a sweet love story about following your heart and opening yourself up to the possibilities of the world. It’s also a story about tyranny, mistrust, and fear. Decisions are hard to make, but at the core of being human is the ability to make those decisions for ourselves. Could you live in a society where that freedom was taken away? The audiobook is excellent, and I’m sure the reading experience would be just as entertaining. I highly recommend Ally Condie’s Matched. ...more
I wish you could give half stars on this thing...technically I give the book a 3.5. I liked the premise, but I didn't really feel satisfied with the eI wish you could give half stars on this thing...technically I give the book a 3.5. I liked the premise, but I didn't really feel satisfied with the ending. It leaves everything up in the air. The audiobook was fantastic though. The reader was great and the "feed" being different than the prose was excellent. This has been on my list forever to read. 1 down thousands to go!...more