Friday, January 8, 2010

Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman

Vince Luca is trying desperately to live an upstanding life, away from the corrupt "vending machine business" of his father Anthony. No matter how hard he tries though, his father's lifestyle follows him everywhere - even on the football field where a curious thing happens: the opposing team is afraid to tackle him for fear of it getting word to his father. Because his father's line of work follows him everywhere, Vince has decided that his form of rebelling is to live an honest life, much to the chagrin of his father.

I loved the humor and wit of this book, but I have to admit that there were certain moments where Vince's upstanding morality didn't feel believable. A normal teenager would have difficulty living as morally as Vince does, let alone the son of a mob boss. I understand why he denounced the life of his father, but it would've been nice to see him a little more flawed than he was. Although, I imagine Korman created his extreme morality to show that, according to his father, Vince WAS flawed. His flaw was that he was on the straight and narrow.

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