Monday, May 14, 2012

Son of the Mob (Gordon Korman)

Title: Son of the Mob
Author: Gordon Korman
Publisher: Hyperion
Length: 262 pages
Rating: 3.5/5

It’s Romeo and Juliet, with Romeo (Vince) as the son of a mob boss and Juliet (Kendra) as the daughter of the FBI agent trying to put the mob boss away. Vince wants no part in the family business, but the more he tries to hide it from Kendra, the deeper in he gets.

This book is a little older (when did 2002 become old? Weird!) which is perhaps why it felt like a breath of fresh air amongst the paranormals and dystopias permeating this blog. Not that I have anything against the current theme of YA lit, it’s just that sometimes you need to shake it up a little. Add to this the male narrator, and you’ve got yourself a fun book about star-crossed lovers, Godfather-style.

Also included: moral dilemmas, first love, and a slimy character named Jimmy Rat found in a car trunk. Overall, a fun read that would interest male and female readers and is appropriate for a younger crowd as well. 


  1. Have a great week. Greetings from Romania.

  2. Pretty sure this is the only book on your blog that I've actually read, so I feel compelled to comment and say, "Hey! I read that book in high school! I liked it!" (And now I feel old because that was 7 years ago. I'm also struck by how little I've changed in those 7 years because I watched yet another movie about the mafia less than 8 hours ago.) Also: now I remember that there was a Monty Python reference in this book and that I learned the word "vicariously" from it. Good times.