Son of the Mob (repackage)

Son of the Mob (repackage)

by Gordon Korman


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Vince Luca is just like any other high school guy. His best friend, Alex, is trying to score vicariously through him; his brother is a giant pain; and his father keeps bugging him to get motivated. There is just one thing that really sets him apart from other kids-his father happens to be the head of a powerful crime organization.

Needless to say, Vince's family's connections can put a serious crimp in his dating life. How is he supposed to explain to a girl what his father does for a living? But when Vince finally meets a girl who seems to be worth the trouble, her family turns out to be the biggest problem of all. Because her father is an FBI agent-the one who wants to put Vince's father away for good.

An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults

An ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year

"A fast-paced, tightly focused story."

- The Horn Book

"[An] expertly plotted escapade."

- Booklist

"Funny and unexpectedly affecting."

- Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484798454
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 97,124
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gordon Korman has written more than eighty novels for young adult and middle-grade readers, including Schooled; The Juvie Three; No More Dead Dogs; The 6th Grade Nickname Game; Born to Rock; and Jake, Reinvented. He lives with his family on Long Island.

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Son of the Mob (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 159 reviews.
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
I rate this book 3 stars out of 5 because it was good but at some parts it was confusing. The book is about a 17 year old boy Vince who discovers secrets about his own family throughout the book. He never knew about his dad's business until one day, he found out his dad is the mob boss he doesn't actually repair vending machines. He is determined to live a normal life his dad's job won't stop him or at least he thinks it won't. Vince tries hard to stay away from his family's job. He tries to do normal things like play sports, have friends, and go to school, but since his dad is so powerful he is well known around the school. Vince tries football but he quits because the kids are afraid of him all because of his dad being a mob boss. He finds a girlfriend who he thinks he can trust named Kendra Bightly. It turns out her dad is the FBI agent that wants to put Vince's father in jail. I recommend this book for more of the older kids because there is a lot of romance in this book. Like at the college party when he meets Kendra. This is also a good book for people who are interested in action-filled books because most of the book is filled with action like the part where Vince is fleeing from Kendra's house away from her parents. Anyway this book is really good. Read it to find out what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I teach middle school and try to read books that my students will be reading in their English classes so I can discuss the books with them. I really enjoyed this Son of the Mob and looking forward to the sequel.
Elijah_Kelsey More than 1 year ago
This review is over the book Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman. It is a story about the son of the Mob king in Long Island, New York. But, he wants nothing to do with his business. He sees wrong in his dad’s line of work, and half wants to help him change, and the other half wants to have nothing to do with him. This story shows the importance of values and sticking to your beliefs. In the first scene, Vince is on a date with a girl he is crazy about. He takes her to the beach after dinner, and, due to the sea breeze, needs to get them a blanket. He opens the trunk, and to his surprise, sees an unconscious man wrapped in the blanket. Scenes like these are seen throughout the novel, and all in all, keeps you waiting for the next surprise. Later in the story, Vince starts to date Kendra Bightly. She is a reporter for the school newspaper, and they met because they both got head lice. But, what Vince doesn’t know is that she is the daughter of the FBI agent that is trying to take down his father, the same one who has their house bugged, so Kendra can’t speak in his house. Its twists like these that keep the book exciting, and lead up to the twist ending. Overall, this is a quick read, and Korman does an excellent job of keeping you interested, while there may be a lack of action in some parts throughout the book. Korman definitely hit the spot on the odd storyline, and while the plot is intriguing, he certainly takes his sweet time telling the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic fiction, and to people who just enjoy an easy read. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
Randy2121 More than 1 year ago
I would rate this book 4 stars out of 5. Throughout the book, it was very exciting and suspenseful, but there were also a couple parts in the story that didn't make sense to me. The story follows a high school boy, Vince, who struggles at home because his dad is the head of a powerful crime organization. He tries to be as normal as possible by playing football and going to parties. He ends up finding a girlfriend, Kendra Bightly. He trusts her and she trusts him. Then, Vince finds out the her father is in the FBI. The book mostly shows how Vince deals with his relationship with Kendra. I thought it was a very enjoyable book to read despite the confusing parts in the book. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys a mob story with a little bit of romance.
poplitreview More than 1 year ago
The book Son of the Mob was a great book. Readers who are looking for an exiting adventure should read this book. It’s about a high school student named Vince Luca who is trying to live a normal life, play sports, and date. But there is one problem, his dad happens to be the head of the mob. His dad Anthony “honest Abe” Luca is wanted by an FBI agent for loan sharking and other murder charges. Vince has a best friend Alex, who thinks he can get girls through his best friend. Vince tried playing sports but kids were scared of hitting him because of his dad. He also tries dating but that goes bad when a girl finds a body in his car’s trunk. Vince finally meets a girl he really started liking at a college party when they share their first kiss. Another problem occurs not just because his dad is the head mob, but because the girl he starts dating, Kendra, happens to be the daughter of an FBI agent that is trying to put his dad in jail for the past five years. Vince tries to play it off and not tell Kendra about her father. Will Kendra find out? Will her father find out? Will Vince’s dad find out? Will Vince get involved in his dad business? You are going to have to read this amazing exciting book. This book really got me to actually change my mind that not all books are boring all thanks to my high school senior pop literature teacher. And I am looking forward to reading the Son of the Mob 2. Is as good as the first one which was a cliff hanger.
Papa_Lit More than 1 year ago
For those of you that enjoy mafia drama, I highly encourage you to read Son of the Mob. Instead of the typical blood baths seen in movies such as the Godfather, this book places the perspective on the son of a Mob boss, Vince Luca. Through his eyes, you can see that being a "mob prince" isn't as simple or luxurious as one may assume. Vince faces both internal and external struggles as a result of his family's "vending machine business" and to make matters worse, it's all during his senior year of high school. He's got to make some pretty gutsy decisions to attempt to restore some kind of order in his hectic life, decisions that could potentially position him in serious danger. I felt a strong connection to Vince while reading the story (most likely due to the fact that I am also a senior in high school) and truly felt like I had shared his experiences. I enjoyed the fast-pace and to-the-point writing style that Gordon Korman provides for the audience. With any good mob story, there's little talk and lots of action. I would definitely be interested in reading more novels by Gordon Korman because I enjoyed Son of the Mob and would expect the same level of satisfaction from Korman's other literature.
DeanS More than 1 year ago
The Son of the Mob is a perfect book for passing the time. It is fast paced with lots of action and romance with an almost Romeo and Juliet theme. It's not an elegantly written book but it will keep you looking forward to reading to yourself at the end of the day. Written from the boy's point of view, the rising conflict surrounds his role as a son of a Mafia leader who falls in love with the daughter of an F.B.I. agent. I recommend this book primarily for middle school kids because, while it is entertaining, it wouldn't keep adults or high school students interested. Being a book about a boy exposed to organized crime, there are some references to drugs and sex, but these are small references and do not play a big role in the book. Nor do any of the main characters partake in questionable conduct. Nevertheless it is not a book for elementary school children.
Raj_Gandhi More than 1 year ago
Ever wondered what would happen if a Mafia "prince" dated the FBI's "princess"? Son of the Mob gives an answer to the exact question. The story begins with a seventeen year old, Vince Luca getting ready for a date with the popular Angela O'Bannon on a beautiful beach of New York City. Everything runs smoothly, well until Angela discovers a body stuffed in the trunk of Vince's Mazda. She dumps him due to the shock, thus ending another chapter of struggles in the life of Vince Luca. Vince Luca is a teenager that attends high school and crushes on girls just like any other guy, but there is something that sets him apart from the others; he is the son of the mob "king", Anthony "Honest Abe" Luca. Because of this teachers are afraid to give him bad grades, football players are even afraid to touch him, and his dating life always ends in a tragedy. Vince hates all this special treatment as much as he hates his dad's business. Ever since he was a little boy, he always thought that his father had been working as a "vending machine fixer", but one night Vince found out the truth about his dad's business and of all the gifts he brought home. Crushed by the shocking news, he loses his motivation in life. This is particularly the reason why father the father always bugs Vince about getting into his business. Vince is a reluctant mafia prince who doesn't want to have anything to do with his father's crimes, and the complete opposite of his brother, Tommy who has only the mob business to live for. Personally, I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone who looks for fast paced stories. The plot kept me interested throughout the whole book and even made laugh at some points of the passage. Also, I would also read "Son of the Mob 2" because in my opinion the ending in Son of the Mob was a cliffhanger.
MountainView More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book because it changes what Vince (the main character) is doing very frequently. I also liked this book because it brought in new characters throughout the whole book. Vince Luca just wants to be a regular kid without knowing his dad is a big time mob boss. Vince's whole family is in on the job but Vince doesn't want any thing to do with it. At the beginning of the book Vince and his best friend Alex are single in high school. When Vince first joins the football team he though it would be a good way to impress girls. But when he plays in his first game no one will touch him when he runs the ball because the other players think if they touch him that his dad will hurt them. He was so angry he quit. After the game a school reporter named Kendra Bightly, which who is his future girlfriend, interviewed him. Kendra's dad is a F.B.I. agent who is trying real hard to put Vince's dad in prison. Later on he gets tangled up with 2 guys who owe his dad money so Vince helps them out. I'd recommend this book to someone who doesn't mind reading a lot of pages so things can be explained. I wouldn't recommend this book to people who don't like when books jump to different subjects often.
KarateGirl121 More than 1 year ago
I believe that Son of the Mob is a book for thirteen to eighteen-year-olds. Because of the language that the characters use and the scenarios that are depicted, nine-year-olds and ten-year-olds would not understand what is happening in the book. Gordon Korman uses words like atmospheric, formaldehyde, schmoozed, and vindicated. Most nine and ten-year-olds would not even know those words. Children that age have not even heard about the mafia. I think that thirteen-year-old boys and girls would like the book. Teens can relate to some scenarios in the book and that helps them understand what is happening. If the people who read it understand it, then they will most likely enjoy the book. The book Son of the Mob is set in New York State. Vince Luca, 17, and his family live in a small town just outside of New York City. Normally sons want to own their dad's business someday. Vince wants nothing to do with his dad's job. Vince's dad just so happens to be the head of a powerful crime organization, otherwise known as the Mafia. Vince is nothing like his dad. He is quiet, and has no social life except for hanging out with his friend Alex. Until of course, he meets and starts dating Kendra Bightly. Kendra is a reporter for the school paper. The only problem is that her dad, also known as Agent Bite-Me, is an agent of the FBI. Agent Bite-Me has been trying to put Vince's dad, Anthony Luca, in jail for the past five years. Son of the Mob was written by Gordon Korman. It is similar and different from the book, Walk Two Moons that was written by Sharon Creech. These books are alike because they have characters that have suspicions about each other. In Walk Two Moons, Phoebe thinks that Margaret Cadaver, her neighbor, is a murderer. In this case of suspicions, Phoebe was wrong. In Son of the Mob, Agent Bite-Me believes that Anthony Luca is the head of the Mafia. But, In this case Agent Bite-Me is correct. These two books are different because Walk Two Moons is set in Euclid, Ohio but Son of the Mob is set in New York. Also in Walk Two Moons, the main character is a girl, and the author is a woman. But, in Son of the Mob, the main character is a boy and the author is a man. I really liked the book Son of the Mob because it had action, comedy, and romance, three genres of books that I love, all squeezed into one book. A hilarious part was when Vince's mom was mad at Angelo, who works for Vince's dad. Angelo was being mean to Vince's older brother Tommy. She asked Angelo to help her in the kitchen and then she shoved Angelo's hand right into the chicken potpie. The chicken potpie went into the trash and Angelo walked around with a first-degree burn for six weeks.
MBrown09 More than 1 year ago
I am a very avid reader and I have read many books and this just happens to be one of the best books that I have ever read. This book about a high school kid named Vincent Luca. Vince's father is the biggest mob boss in New York City; Vince has never really been happy about this sometimes he got special treatment but other times he got in trouble wrongfully, but he always knew that the family business was not for him. He has a best friend named Alex who believes they share a love life. Sadly though they don't really have one. Finally when Vince gets a date his father's business ruined it. One day Vince meets the girl of his dreams one that he is willing to risk everything for but he realizes that he just might have to risk everything for this girl, because her father is the FBI agent that is trying to put his father away good. After awhile Vince somehow gets mixed up in his father's business. Is this going to kill his love life again?
cm486 More than 1 year ago
Son of the mob is a realistic book with a little bit of fiction Vince Luca the main character is going through problems with his family because his fathe is the head of a powerful crime organization.Vince wants no part of what his father does for a living he doesnt approve of what his father does for a living.The problem comes when he tells a girl named Kendra what his father does for a living it turned out her father is the FBI agent that wants to put Vince's father in jail for good.I would recommend this book to one of my friends,the things that I enjoyed about book were that it had an interesting story and an interesting conflict while I was reading this bookand it had a good story.The next book I would like to read from this author would be the sequal to this book Son of the mob Hollywood Hustle. I really enjoyed this book it had suspense in it and it made me want to read more of it and not put it down.This book can sometimes be romantic with Vince and his girlfriend Kendra,this book had some humor in it which made me laugh once in a while when I was reading this book.This book is full of love,action,and humor.I would recommend this book for older readers instead of younger readers because in some parts of the book there is swearing in the dialouge and some sexual infrences.This is a excellent book and im glad I chose to read it for the summer.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This the the first Gordon Korman book I've read in fifteen years. It was pretty funny. Not the squirt-Coke-out-my-nose-funny I remember from reading his books as a kid, but respectably funny. Boy meets girl, boy dates girl, girl is daughter of boy's family mortal enemy, hijinks ensue. I'd recommend this to people looking for something light and quick.The only real issue I had is that the plot is fairly transparent - I wasn't surprised once. Max Casella's reading was awesome!
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very funny and engaging book -- kind of like The Sopranos lite. I'd never really thought upon the problems one would have in this kind of family, but Gordon Korman was both insightful and funny. The only fault I find is I could figure out many of the surprises many chapters ahead of time -- I actually mumbled "you %$#!ing moron" as I read, addressing the protagonist for being so clueless.
mmallory on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a book boys will enjoy. The characters are interesting and the plot is very Soparnosesque. The main character is the son of the town's mob boss, a life he wants nothing to do with, but he gets caught up in his father's life when those who owe his father money want him to be the go between. Life gets more complicated when he finds out that his girlfriend's father is "their FBI" agent.
ezbizrobson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh so hard. I didn't enjoy the sequel nearly as much as the original. This book seemed so original and feisty and fun. I imagine that most readers would get a kick out of it!
GaylDasherSmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had read this years ago and read it again for my Book Club. It was just as great the second time through. So funny and yet it got you thinking about making one's own way in the world
mitchsar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vince, the heart-of-gold son of a mob boss, struggles with reality as he finds out more about what goes on behind the scenes in the family business. The emotions felt by Vince are realistic, but the situations he gets into are not only fantastic, but fantastically funny. I would recommend this book for mature 8th graders and all high schoolers (male and female).
librarymeg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This funny teen novel has everything that I've come to expect from Gordon Korman. He excels in creating quirky characters in larger-than-life situations, and topping everything off with his trademark humor. Son of the Mob centers on Vince Luca, who is the son of an infamous mob boss and has spent his entire life knowing that the FBI has his home bugged. Vince spends most of the story struggling with his love for his family and his conflicting desire to live life on the straight and narrow. His dilemma only gets worse when he meets the girl of his dreams, Kendra, who just happens to be the daughter of the FBI agent investigating his family. He does his best to juggle his new girlfriend, jealous best friend, and demanding family with hilarious results. If you've read and enjoyed Gordon Korman before, you'll get what you're looking for here. If you've never read Gordon Korman, I'd encourage you to give him a try. (Although I have to admit to liking Born to Rock a little bit more.)
bellamia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this story. Vince is a smart kid and that makes the whole story more interesting. You can see how he could easily follow his fathers foot steps and be good at it but he has a heart & a conscience.
TigerLMS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vince DeLuca is the 17 year-old son of the New York crime boss and mafia don Tommy DeLuca. But Vince wants nothing to do with the family business because it gets in the way of his life. When Vince gets a girl to agree to go to the beach to make out, he finds the blanket he packed in the trunk wrapped around a body-- which ends that relationship. He can't even play football because he realizes the opposing team is afraid to tackle him for fear his dad will have them whacked. However, despite his desire to stay out of the family business, Vince can't help but stick up for some of the people his uncles are putting pressure on. To make matters more complicated, Vince realizes the girl he's starting to date is the daughter of the FBI agent who is trying to put his dad behind bars-- agent BiteMe. The story is told in the first person, and like most Gordon Korman stories, is full of laughs and is a very enjoyable read. However, like other Gordon Korman stories (most notably Born to Rock), the narrative touches the surface of a number of issues but goes no deeper.
kaionvin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gordon Korman is the author of my favorite blisteringly-funny childhood book*, so I had pretty high expectations going into Son of the Mob, and he didn't disappoint.Trying (and mostly failing) to extricate oneself from the family 'vending machine' business is not an inherently humorous subject (see: The Godfather). But Korman succeeds with his deft characterization, especially in Vince, whose self-aware observations ground the madcap intensity rather than letting it devolve into a mere spoof.Such incidents such as a)getting caught by the police for the stolen car his parents gifted him for his 16th birthday, b)winning at football 'cause somebody had a little word with the opposing team, and c)finding his dream girl is the daughter of the FBI agent who's had his house bugged for as long as he can remember, are just flat out enjoyable. But Vince's struggle gains some real poignancy as he navigates through a smarty-designed plot which touches upon some impressive complexities (the guilt and ties of family and blood money and friendship in the mob and the FBI).The ending does seem a little incomplete; the novel clearly designed towards the sequel. But hey, sweet and proactive characters** that you can root for, and I laughed out loud a few times.*the woefully out-of-print I Want to Go Home!**Korman's teens, while generally refreshingly human-like, sometimes veer into the quaint with the slang and experience in technology, heh.
cattwing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was kind of hoping for a little more depth from this book, but nevertheless the comedy brought quite a few laughs.
harrisw4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vince tries to have a normal teenager life. This is very difficult when you Dad is a big-time mobster. It even gets more difficult when you start dating a FBI agent¿s daughter. Vince doesn¿t want to join the family business, but starts getting in deeper and deeper. How he deals with his family and friends makes for one hilarious book. It is even believable.
ChTi1114 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a mix of mystery, romance, suspence, and just about everything else. I would highly suggest this book to young readers.