Josh Swenson (aka Larry) has just lost his girlfriend and the presidential campaign in one fell swoop. Looking for some direction in life, he decides to study with Gus Muldarian, a spiritual guru. What starts out as a way for Larry to find purpose in his meaningless life, soon becomes his most important adventure yet.
Well, what can I say about this book? It's actually the third in a series, and I haven't read the first two, so the references to previous events held no meaning for me. I was definitely able to understand everything, but it would have helped had I read the first two books. I actually liked the book in the beginning: it was well-written and the main character Larry was really interesting. It was also the second book in a row I read that included footnotes (for the other, see An Abundance of Katherines), which made the book funny. But as the book went on some events started getting ridiculous, and I began asking myself if that would really happen in real life. Then by the end, there was a massive twist which blew any shred of reality left in the book out of the water. The plot was so unrealistic that I wondered if I had picked up a fantasy book. I'd recommend reading this book if you read the first two and liked them, but otherwise, stay away from this series.
4 out of 10.
Release Date: September 2008