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Son of the Mob (Son of the Mob (Paperback)) Paperback – September 1, 2004
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Although Vince keeps a low profile at school, his family connection brings him unwanted advantages, like the birthday Porsche that gets him arrested on stolen vehicle charges, or the football game in which he makes touchdown after touchdown because word has gotten around and nobody is willing to tackle him. Even private conversations at home have to be carried on in the basement because the FBI has bugged the house and an agent is always listening. Vince's life is inextricably tangled up with the family business, no matter how hard he tries to stay out of it. How can he show them he's serious? Then he meets Kendra, and when she innocently reveals that her father's an FBI agent--that FBI agent--it's a match made in heaven. He thinks.
Gordon Korman, author of (No More Dead Dogs) and over 30 other witty YA novels, is at his best in this Sopranos-style spoof about a teen's home life with the Mob. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book "Son Of The Mob" is the perfect blend of something which, is very serious (mob-affiliation), and applying it to highschool life, something almost all teens can relate to. It is comedic excellence and had me yelling, gripped, and shaking my head at the misfortune and unexpected turns that Vince Luca takes. At every moment, Gordon Korman throws in another piece of the plot to thicken and enrich the book. Not deep by any standards, this book does have an amazing correlation to Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Vince and Kendra, being the "star-crossed lovers," and their families of completely opposite backgrounds makes the book suspenseful and comical.
With a plotline that might best be described as "Sopranos-lite," Korman gives us Vince, a 17 year old hero who is the white sheep of a mafia family, headed by feared crime boss Anthony Luca.
Like other boys his age, Vince is preoccupied with girls, unfair teachers, and homework assignments. Unlike his peers, however, Vince also has to deal with a range of ethical questions related to the criminal activity of his family. He doesn't want to partake in the ill-gotten gains of his family, but everything he wears, eats, and drives is tainted with mob-money.
Things get sticky when Vince finds out that the girl he's dating is the daughter of the FBI agent assigned to build a case against his father. To make matters worse, Vince decides to take a hand in his father's activities. In an attempt to prevent violence, Vince takes responsibility for some of the debts owed to his father by some lowlife thugs, but that puts him in the position of trying to collect money himself.
This is the first Korman book that I've read for about ten years or so, and I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I measure this up against some of his early works, such as "No Coins Please" and the Bruno and Boots series. Maybe it's just me, but some of the jokes, especially the thick-as-flies mob references, seemed a little over the top.
However, Korman has matured in several ways, and I appreciated that he was able to give a lot of competing plot lines their due space. The only exception to this was a storyline involving an FBI insider somewhere in the ranks of the Mob. This was barely mentioned early, but became the biggest climax at the end.Read more ›
It's a classic Romeo and Juliette tale with the softy-mobster meets tuff-FBI-agent-kid. Vince wants nothing to do with his family's business, and from what we can tell, neither does Kendra. They're obviously a perfect match but before they can get any real action in, their outside lives kick in. Since Kendra's father has Vince's house bugged (and for another secret reason) her father soon finds out about the teens' secret love. I don't want to give away the book, but as most fairy tales turn out, they live happily ever after.
I would keep this book away from kids under 11. There's nothing X-rated, but there is some suggestion of sexuality. This is a great book for younger teenagers. I hope you love it as much as I did!
Vince is in high school and is the son of the local mob king. He's told his dad repeatedly that he's not interested in becoming a part of their "vending machine" business. They have the FBI constantly monitoring their house, so that's what they call their business. Vince is a great guy. He's sweet and considerate, and I laughed at both his inner and verbal monologue. He meets Kendra and they soon discovers they're attracted to each other. Problem is, her dad is Agent "Bite-Me" the FBI agent who has their home bugged. She doesn't know who Vince is at first, but eventually Vince has to come clean about his family and how her father is after his dad. In addition to this relationship, he's trying to save the lives of a couple of rough guys who owe his dad money, plus dealing with a possible FBI informant. Then there's the website he had to create for school. He's really pretty funny and it was a relaxing enjoyable read. I would recommend.
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Son of the mob is a very good books I love it!I also made my friend made it and she fell in love with this book.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This isn’t the type of book I’d normally buy for myself—In fact, my copy of Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman was donated to me by a local librarian who had some free swag sitting... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Cary Morton
Former 8th grade ELA teacher, now an Admin, this book was AMAZING and by far my favorite unit. The kids love it and I mean, all of them. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nicole D
My daughter had to read this for a summer homework assignment for school. She said it was actually a pretty good bookPublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer