Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: Son of the Mob

Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman

Description from Goodreads:
Vince Luca is just like any other high school guy. His best friend, Alex, is trying to score vicariously through him; his brother is a giant pain; and his father keeps bugging him to get motivated. There is just one thing that really sets him apart for other kids. His father happens to be the head of a powerful crime organization. Needless to say, while Vince's family's connections can be handy for certain things-like when teachers are afraid to give him a bad grade as they can put a serious crimp in his dating life. How is he supposed to explain to a girl what his father does for a living? But when Vince finally meets one who seems to be worth the trouble, her family turns out to be the biggest problem of all. Because her father is an FBI agent-the one who wants to put his father away for good.

My Thoughts:
This was entertaining. Vince wants so hard to live a normal life and have nothing to do with the mob, but it pops up in hillarious ways. I liked how Vince always referred to his dad's business as "the vending machine business." And of course, the girl he meets would be the daughter of the FBI agent bugging his house. I would have liked more of Kendra's character, but the story was really about Vince and how his dad being in the mob affected his life, so it makes sense that she wasn't all that developed. Overall, I liked the book.

My Rating: ***
Steam Factor: !
*Notes: One party with underage drinking.

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