Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman Review

"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."
This book is recommended to readers who love Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief. Son of the Mob and Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief are both humorous and have crazy, rich daddys. In Son of the Mob, Vince Luca's father is the head of the mob in New York. In Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson's father is the god of the seas, Poseidon. See the similarity? They both love their sons, Percy Jackson and Vince Luca. They are both powerful figures in the world. They are both leaders of something. They are both ruthless. And there are a lot more similarities between Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and The Son of the Mob.

Ahhh! The humor. Every page has something to laugh about. I loved it. Vince Luca's POV just gets me chuckling and laughing like a donkey. I love the humor. It's so light and beautiful. The humor makes the book seem more alive and not as dark as it can be.

Vince Luca...Is smart, is intelligent, is maybe or maybe not good-looking, is obviously powerful, has a crazy family, and has an exceptional crazy father. Vince's POV is a pot of gold. Full of delight and open curiously. He is seems to be younger than what he really is (seventeen). Vince Luca is very intelligent and has a heart of kindness. He couldn't resist helping the little people (and it's not in the way you think). Vince Luca wants a girlfriend, but he doesn't really admit it and let his actions tell readers that.

His girlfriend... (Um...What's her name? It's been awhile since I read this book and unfortunately I am horrible with names). She is the daughter of a FBI agent, making this book kind-of-like Romeo and Juliet. She is intelligent, can piece together information, is a great singer, and is beautiful according to Vince Luca. She has partially inherited her dad's FBI DNA. She can be sometimes suspicious, and careful, and worried, and curious. (And I still don't remember her name.)

Alex... I don't think guys like these exist. Total nerd and totally clueless when it comes to girls.

Vince Luca's father... Wow, this guy is epic. He is amazing like Poseidon. His father is looser than Poseidon and shadier than him.

(I finally remember her name. Kendra).

A fast and quick book to read. For fast readers, it would be around an hour. For slow readers... Depends on how slow they are. Son of the Mob is recommended to children at least eleven. Any younger and they might not understand Son of the Mob. This book is more like children's book/young adult. Some suggestions/words that toward inappropriate actions/behavior.

This book's rating is a four out of five. Highly recommended.

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