- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: AW Teen (March 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780807549117
- ISBN-13: 978-0807549117
- ASIN: 0807549118
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,624,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mafia Girl Hardcover – March 1, 2014
From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Seventeen-year-old Gia, the daughter of New York City's most notorious Mafia boss, leads a privileged life, but what she wants most is to have a normal existence in which her family is safe. When she and her best friend are pulled over for underage drinking and driving, Gia is immediately attracted to the arresting police officer—despite his lack of interest. Not one to be denied, Gia does everything in her power to wear down his resistance, all the while running for school president, posing for Vogue, and surviving mob hits. In the end, she gets what she wants but at a price. Told from the first-person point of view, Blumenthal's novel gives the audience insight into Gia, and while it believably captures the unfiltered, frenetic thoughts going on in many teens' minds, the stream-of-consciousness approach has its limitations; not only does the style disrupt the flow of the narrative, making it choppy and uneven, but it diminishes Gia's character, too. Run-on sentences, lack of punctuation, acronyms, and random capitalization reveal Gia's shallowness and immaturity. She's annoyed that her classmates judge her by her family, yet she easily dismisses them as being spoiled and stuck-up. The secondary characters, especially Officer Cross, are underdeveloped and forgettable with the exception of Gia's friend Clive, who's deserving of his own story. Promising idea, underwhelming result.—Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH
Gia lives a glitzy, seemingly idyllic New York City life: a loving family, an upper-crust school, and even a modeling gig for Vogue. But appearances can be deceiving. She’s the daughter of a Mafia don, overprotected with good reason, and has a reputation that precedes her with schoolmates who might be her friends in other circumstances. Oh, and she’s in love with a cop. Blumenthal has taken her journalistic experiences and wrapped them into a sparkly yet tension-filled story of a gutsy young woman determined to be her own person in spite of her family’s notoriety. Filled with detailed descriptions of decadent Italian meals, gorgeous clothes, heart-stopping violence, and sweet yet lusty love and desire, Mafia Girl will find a wide variety of readers, some intrigued with the Mob, others seeking a love story. And though it’s tempting to see Gia as the spoiled “rich bitch” she is often called, she’s also a courageous yet unpredictable young woman who embodies the best and worst of the chaotic, confusing teenage years. Grades 8-12. --Frances Bradburn
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True, Gina’s father is under surveillance by the feds, but as Deborah Blumenthal skillfully shows, all young people must deal with their parents’ baggage to some extent. That Gina’s background is more complex than most is what makes this story so compelling. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Gina, campaigning for school president, defends herself against a nasty classmate’s comment. “…what’s more important is to follow your heart and do what you think is right because that’s the way I live and that’s exactly why I’m running for president.” A crucial message for all!
Mafia Girl is full of surprising twists and turns. It is simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking. It’s the story of friendship and betrayal, but most importantly of family loyalty and love.
Gia is a lucky and unlucky girl. She's got a father who loves her and she knows that. She also knows he's not so loving to everyone else. She's aware of the power her last name wields and why, but doesn't condone it and wants to be her own person. I love that Gia had a conscience; she wasn't a total goody-two shoes, but she was confident and owned it. I really admired Gia for having poise and handling things the way she did. Not to mention being "jail bait" and chasing after a police officer who wouldn't mind taking down her family for good.
This book is about so much more than the mafia. It's about Gia finding herself and learning about what's going on around her. There were moments where I laughed, shook my head in worry and disgust, and cried. That's right, I'm an emotional reader and I cried. I really am hoping Deborah Blumenthal writes another book featuring Gia. I do know that I am really looking forward to her next Y.A. venture, whatever it may be.
Ok I’ll admit it. I picked Mafia Girl for the cover. The summery was mildly interesting, but I liked the cover. I should have stuck with my feelings on the summery because they’re closer to how I feel about this book after having read it. Unlikable characters, boring plot, and stereotypes sum my feelings up quickly, but stick with me while I elaborate.
I couldn’t bring myself to like Gia. She was a stuck up elitist, and a brat to boot. She was constantly judging everyone around her. Even as the story goes, and I got to know her better, I still didn’t like her. The side character, Clive, is the one I ended up liking the most. I’d love to know more about his life and story. That would have make a much better book than this one.
The story was pretty much about the daily life of Gia from her point of view. Even if something somewhat interesting happened, it was buried so far deep into her every day tasks that it really didn’t draw me in. I don’t think I could really give more then a vague description of this book because if you really want to know what happened in the book you’d have to read the entire thing. There just so many mundane things going on that I never really connected to Gia like I was supposed to.
Mafia Girl is filled with Italian stereotypes from start to finish. I feel like it was shoved in my face. I get it, Gia’s Italian. Then there was the constant high end brand name dropping. I get it, Gia’s rich and so are her friends. I don’t need constant reminders of how Italian or how rich Gia is every single page. I promise I won’t forget those two facts.
The relationship between Gia and Michael is straight up creepy, complete with stalking and background checks. I still feel like I know nothing about him. Their entire relationship just felt wrong. She’s ready to throw herself at someone she barely knows. Michael knows it’s wrong, but apparently doesn’t care. I don’t think I can say enough how wrong and creepy they are together.
I was really hoping Mafia Girl would be an interesting story about how hard it is to live with an infamous parent. I was hoping for something deeper. I did get the story of a girl with an infamous father, but it lacked depth.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.