"The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher" is a satire on the commercialization of Christianity, but just doesn't push the envelope far enough. I felt like the author was trying to please everyone with this book, Christians and non-Christians alike, so I felt confused, because I wasn't quite sure if I belonged to the group he was aiming for or not. I think if you are going to write an effective satire, you need to be totally outrageous, for example, see Jonathan's Swift's A Modest Proposal, in which he proposes to end over population and starvation by eating babies. It is absolutely crazy, and even morbid, but that is what a satire is all about, going just a smidge too far. The story line was so-so, the characters were so-so. I wasn't really rooting for anyone in particular, as the main character was basically a slick salesman--not appealing. Some of the transitions in the book felt very awkward, switching from one person's thought process to another with no warning. For all the things I wasn't crazy about, there were some interesting aspects. One in particular is when the main character came to key decisions he had to make, the author styled the writing after those "Choose Your Own Adventure" kid's books from the 90s, it added a fun and new twist. Overall the book wasn't terrible, but it was okay. "The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher" tried to be funny, but didn't quite attain it's goal. While it isn't a total waste of time, I wouldn't recommend spending any money on it, and therefore rate it a 4, Borrow from a Friend.
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