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Romeo (of the Mob) meets Juliet (of the FBI)

September 19, 2006|by LAURA BELL

Vince Luca, the main character in "Son of the Mob" by Gordon Korman, is just like any other high school guy. He has a weird best friend, an annoying older brother, family around him all the time, and a father that wants him to get involved and get motivated.

There's just one problem with this picture-perfect life: Vince's father is the leader of one of the most powerful crime organizations in the U.S. - the Mafia.

Vince's life is obviously far from perfect. Mob members come in on a regular basis disguised as uncles. So much for all that family time. And when Vince finally gets a girlfriend, things get even more complicated. Why? Because her father is the FBI agent trying to put Vince's dad away.

This Mob-and-FBI version of "Romeo and Juliet" will have you laughing for all 262 pages as Vince finds himself between two very different worlds. Gordon Korman does an excellent job keeping the reader involved and interested in this hilarious book.

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